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26 August 2018

What is health insurance like at Ipsos?

Pros

* It's a paycheck. * A decent place to start your market research career but don't stay too long or else you'll end up hating your life.

Cons

* Little support from my manager. Instead of giving support, my manager is constantly rude and passive aggressive with me. * Too many rules * Horrible work-life balance. This should be a standard 9am-5pm job but upper management doesn't agree * Too many unnecessary meetings/sessions. Town Halls are painful to sit through. * I don't get paid enough. * Health insurance is horrible. With all the cons, it's not surprising that this company has such a high turnover rate.

Advice to Management

Be more understanding. If you can't handle having direct reports, then don't have them.

Health insurance is horrible.

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23 February 2019

Does Ipsos pay for a gym membership?

Pros

- Thirsty Thursday (Beer provided during the last Thursday of the month) - HR department is very good and responsive - 3 weeks vacation AND 6 sick days to start off with. After 5 years with the company it becomes 4 weeks vacation AND 6 sick days. You can purchase more vacation days. - 10 Holidays + 2 floating holidays - Health Care (BCN in Michigan) was always great for me, personally - 401(K) - $150 gym reimbursement yearly - Alright place to start (career-wise as a Programmer) as an intern/out of college - Summer Hours! Between Memorial Day-Labor Day, if you work 9 hours a day (Monday - Thursday) you can take half of Friday off! - Great & smart co-workers. Very friendly/fun to talk to - Learned how to transition from a college student to a professional environment - Working remotely when you need to - Some flex time (come in slightly later/leave slightly early if you need something is done, such as a Doctor's appointment) - Got to develop new things, some things in modern languages too! (C#, SQL) - Focused on data privacy - It is a flat line organization, so at least your ideas are heard. - The management are genuinely great people. - Made a difference in the organization

Cons

- Very low pay, especially for our field - In some ways you can grow, in some ways you can't grow - Outdated office - We use outdated technology (VB6, SAS, ColdFusion, etc), and outdated tools (Sourcesafe for source control) - People want to STICK to these outdated tools - Some people are not willing to learn the new technologies/tools - We don't do the proper SDLC, mostly like a wild west of developing software - We can't focus on developing new stuff, because we are busy always putting out fires due to poor decision making years ago - Inefficiently ran - Overworked - Old School mentality - Resistant to change - Adding to our technical debt - We talk about the long term, but we are always putting out fires and focusing on the short term - Some tension between Project Staff and Programmers. Not as bad as it used to be, though - Layoffs. The moment revenue goes down, we lay people off!Then we hire people the second revenue goes up. This is kind of good and bad. It's good because it gets rid of poor performers, but once you get rid of all the poor performers, then the good performers jobs are at risk. Obviously, layoffs are overall a bad sign because your job is always at risk. - Work IS your life. There is an illusion of Work/Life balance

Advice to Management

Benefits are great, but the compensation is terrible for Programmers. Stop shunning and delaying changes. You need to modernize your platform, or else you will risk losing clients. Listen to your younger developers and stop adding to the technical debt. Start paying your Programmers the fair market value. Programmers shouldn't always be processing the data that we receive, but this goes back to scaling and modernizing our methodologies, tools, and technologies. Ipsos needs to stop laying people off the moment revenue goes down. Ipsos needs to invest more in tools/technologies, so the business is scalable. The business should have been scaled a long time ago, but since it isn't, we shouldn't be adding to our technical debt. We need to STOP focusing on the short term and START focusing on the long term. Otherwise, Ipsos will start losing business, due to these poor decision making. Focus on modernizing your entire business. People will be angry at first, but the alternative is that the ship will sink.

$150 gym reimbursement yearly

23 February 2019

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28 December 2019

What is the retirement plan like at Ipsos?

Pros

- I genuinely enjoyed working with most of the people that I interacted with. - I had two really great bosses that I felt supported by. - Benefits are OK but not amazing. 401k match, $150 per year for a gym membership, half day fridays during the summer if you work more during the week. - Ipsos RDA has some really smart and hard working employees. - It is a decent job for a few years right out of school to get some experience under your belt.

Cons

- Pay is well below industry average and even below Ipsos average. RDA was acquired by Ipsos in 2015 but they are still playing catch-up with salaries. - If you are hired as an analyst or account manager don't expect to do a lot of actual "research." Managing these quality tracking studies is more of a project management role than anything else. I would say my position was 40% project management, 40% QA tasks, and 20% of actual research. Be prepared to put out a lot of fires and QA check a lot of SAS output from programmers. - Management is hit or miss. I had two really great managers and one who was not so good. He never made me feel like I was a valued employee and displayed obvious favoritism. - Long term improvements were constantly talked about but we were too understaffed and bogged down by constantly putting out fires to pursue most of them. - The building was outdated and basically falling apart. They had plans to move to a new building in December, I'm not sure if that has actually happened yet since I am no longer at the company. - Ipsos Bloomfield is disconnected from the rest of Ipsos and doesn't feel like it has an identifiable culture. I was there for over three years and I couldn't tell you what the culture is like outside of "we value quality."

Advice to Management

- Make sure ALL of your employees feel valued if you want them to stick around. Between being underpaid and overworked, there is NO reason for an employee to stay if they don't feel valued. Quite frankly, there are just more appealing research positions elsewhere. - Modernize your platform. Programmers always complain about how antiquated there systems are and this bleeds over into project staff. - Move out of that trashy building if you haven't already. It doesn't help employee morale when you walk by and see a giant hole in the ceiling that is dripping water. - Make sure expectations are clearly communicated to employees. My last boss did not do this and it felt like I was being set up to fail. - Be careful with the EAR system. I was told that submitting ears wouldn't be "held against me" as an indication of performance but I got the feeling that wasn't the case. By the end of my tenure, I feel that my boss had turned into some kind of quality robot who only cared about EARs, QA, tasks, etc. and not about employee satisfaction/growth. Being a good people leader requires a balance of both. - It would've been nice to have more social events outside of work with my direct team. Having something like a bowling night with just your team and manager goes a long way to developing positive bonds with your coworkers and breaking the ice. After being there for 3.5 years this never happened and only one of my managers actually took me out to lunch one time.

401k match, $150 per year for a gym membership, half day fridays during the summer if you work more during the week.

28 December 2019

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15 January 2019

Does Ipsos offer dental insurance?

Pros

Great medical, dental vision package

Cons

No Cons to list here

Great medical, dental vision package

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12 June 2019

Does Ipsos have a pension plan?

Pros

Great benefits, amongst those cycle2work, private pension, discounts, 25 days leave, learning days, company socials etc.

Cons

Few junior people in teams, too much admin, long and stressful days.

Great benefits, amongst those cycle2work, private pension, discounts, 25 days leave, learning days, company socials etc.

12 June 2019

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