IMS Health

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IMS Health Reviews

Updated Jul 24, 2014
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3.0 216 reviews

54% Approve of the CEO

IMS Health Chairman and CEO Ari Bousbib

Ari Bousbib

(95 ratings)

50% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Ability to telecommute greatly helps work-life balance (in 28 reviews)

  • very strong vacation, work from home, tuition reimbursement, and retirement plans (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor transition of senior management following acquisition be capital venture (in 13 reviews)

  • No work-life balance, unrealistic deadlines with not enough resources (in 6 reviews)

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    Large opportunities and exposure to clients.

    Offering Management (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsGood internal promotion and mentoring. Highly varied work with the opportunity to learn outside of job scope.

    ConsLow salaries compared to other sectors and a heavily structured promotion path that does not encourage specialists. There are no processes in place to share internal knowledge.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease flexibility with technology and share knowledge and proposed road maps internally

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    some very good people stuck in a monolith.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsPeople in small teams make the difference in organisation. Actual products and services are good and well established.

    ConsSenior management and leadership is very questionable, especially since it was taken over via private equity.
    No strategic direction and lacks vision on healthcare direction for the space they occupy. Cannot launch new products and appear disconnected.

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange leadership and transform faster into something more and greater.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A company grappling to shake off its monopolistic data provider roots

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsData offerings are industry leading, although this is changing.
    Company is willing to invest in new ideas/ventures/acquisitions
    People are outwardly pleasant

    ConsMassively uncollaborative culture
    Sense of entitlement (to monopolistic pricing)
    Quarterly sales focus at expense of project innovation

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great potential but leadership lacks vision

    Analyst (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsOpportunities for development, good work culture

    ConsResource management is a mess

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    More to be done by fewer people.

    Senior Analyst Programmer (Former Employee) London, England

    ProsBuild contacts with people in the Pharmaceutical Industry. Get a handle how and what sales and marketing data is consumed by the Pharmaceutical industry

    ConsIs now more like a sweatshop since it has been taken over by venture capitalists. Used to be a great and friendly company to work for. That has all changed since 2000. Management once fired a person on the same day this person was received a super red letter day reward. Figure that one out. IMS has been known for a shambolic ally managed (dis organised) company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook at your morals

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good

    Consultant (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsWork life balance
    Highly talented employees

    ConsManagement is required to be more motivated and be replaced by new faces

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more creative and hardworking

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    High quality standards

    Senior Principal (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsWorking as a consultant at IMS in one of the regional offices often entails work with international clients and more stimulating projects than your average local consulting job. As a premium provider to the pharma industry IMS offers a variety of opportunities, consulting, data services and everything in between. Employees are well respected.

    ConsSilo'ed departments, the company has acquired several smaller companies in the past and some still operate as such. The pressure to perform often creates disruptive competition between employees. Promotions are only every six or twelve months, not when a person is ready for it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't try to be the answer to everything.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Invaluable if wanting to understand the pharmaceutical pricing and market access sector

    Analyst (Former Employee) Cambridge, East of England, England

    ProsGreat people, great insight, fun teams

    ConsLong hours and heavy work load

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) London, England

    Pros- people are very helpful
    - a lot of people have been there for around 20 years, so IMS is good at keeping its employees happy
    - opportunities to work with biggest pharma companies in the world
    - just moved to new offices in kings cross which are nice

    Cons- sometimes get told to do a number of tasks by different managers, but i suppose that is expected at most companies

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Could be such a great company but let down by poor organization

    Consultant (Current Employee) London, England

    Pros- Good work/life balance
    - Very specialized so great if you like pharma

    Cons- Poor salary and bonus. Unfortunately, they seem to think it's good enough.....really need to get your act together!
    - Lack of proper career management and support.
    - Very poor training
    - Too much focus on data makes people think they 'know' what they're talking about when they're really not...

    Advice to Senior ManagementTo turn this into a proper consulting firm you need to PAY WELL! Stop counting pennies!!! You say you want to compete with McKinsey/BCG/Bain but a) the projects are not nearly as strategic b) the salary is bad and c) the opportunities to develop are not nearly as good.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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