IMS Health
3.0 of 5 185 reviews
www.imshealth.com Parsippany, NJ 5000+ Employees

IMS Health Reviews

Updated Apr 13, 2014
IMS Health – Bangalore – “IMS Health”

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52% Approve of the CEO

IMS Health Chairman and CEO Ari Bousbib

Ari Bousbib

(83 ratings)

48% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Nice place to work with good work life balance"
    in 25 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 11 reviews
  • "No work-life balance, unrealistic deadlines with not enough resources"
    in 5 reviews
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Large opportunities and exposure to clients.

Offering Management (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at IMS Health full-time for less than a year

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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Great potential but leadership lacks vision

Analyst (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at IMS Health full-time for more than 3 years

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

I worked at IMS Health full-time for more than 10 years

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

I have been working at IMS Health full-time for more than 3 years

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

I have been working at IMS Health full-time for more than 3 years

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

I worked at IMS Health full-time for less than a year

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

I have been working at IMS Health

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

I have been working at IMS Health full-time for more than a year

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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Not the great company it used to be

Project Manager (Former Employee)
London, England

I worked at IMS Health full-time for more than 10 years

ProsAccess to huge amount of data and internal resources, international environment, most people are friendly and sociable.

ConsHuge bureaucracy, way too many directors/VPs, very little training, constant erosion of employee benefits, obsession with cost savings at the expense of quality..

Advice to Senior ManagementStop pennypinching, it's not all about cost. Do something to retain talent and boost morale. Stop outsourcing/offshoring key parts of the business with total disregard tor quality.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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knowledable

Consultant (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at IMS Health

Prosgood learning opportuniy with exceptionally experienced people. interesting projects

Conseasy to burn out...multiple projects, long hours and average pay

Advice to Senior Managementhire more people or quit selling work

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