Argus Information & Advisory Services

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Argus Information & Advisory Services Reviews

Updated 11 December 2014
Updated 11 December 2014
58 Reviews
3.0
58 Reviews
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Pros
  • Projects resulting and involving great understanding of credit card industry and data management (in 12 reviews)

  • Learn a lot about data, where it's from and how it's abstracted and then advised for clients (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Very long hours depending on the team which you're in (in 11 reviews)

  • bad work life balance, lower pay rate, over confidence (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Senior Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Argus Information & Advisory Services

    Pros

    Good Exposure
    Smart Peer Group
    Good Business Technical Knowledge

    Cons

    Low Pay Package
    Less Mobility
    More perks would have been an add on

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please work on Mobility as that will help keep in house talent within the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Analyst Intern

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    Current Employee - Technical Analyst in White Plains, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Technical Analyst in White Plains, NY (US)

    I have been working at Argus Information & Advisory Services as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Valuable learning and understanding the process of companies. Gain lot of knowledge and technical stuff

    Cons

    Lots of work and reasonable ok deadline. Comparatively less Intern salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please, if you could increase the payment for an intern, it will be appreciated

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Not a bad internship experience, but I took on a lot more responsibilities than I thought I would.

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    Current Employee - Intern in White Plains, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Intern in White Plains, NY (US)

    I have been working at Argus Information & Advisory Services part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great coworkers and the new office is really nice.
    Very flexible work hours, no one gets into the office until 9/9:30.

    Cons

    Senior management isn't great
    Compensation is very low for the amount of work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Run Away

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Argus Information & Advisory Services full-time

    Pros

    Argus has many nice people who work very hard. Many are really smart and working like crazy.

    Cons

    Poor leadership and getting worse. Anyone who had a real vision of how to build a business has left. The current CEO (Banerjee) is really weak and plays favorites. He is only in it for himself and is in way over his head. Long hours, little if any training, and highly political. New owners (Verisk) under-invests and is milking the place; couple this with a new CEO who is second rate and punitive and you have a terrible place to work. Compensation and career path is at risk.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on leadership and taking care of your people. Get back in touch with how to drive value to clients and provide an attractive place to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Neutral

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    Former Employee - Data Ops Analyst in White Plains, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Data Ops Analyst in White Plains, NY (US)

    I worked at Argus Information & Advisory Services full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Decent salary + bonus for starting-level salary
    - Young and intelligent team mates
    - The company's rapid growth rate gives opportunity for advancement if you stick long enough (most don't)
    - Opportunity for moving to better jobs after a year or two
    - H1B sponsorship for foreign workers (even for entry-level positions)

    Cons

    - Very long hours depending on the team which you're in
    - The salary rise is pathetic. The company grows by 20-30%, but your salary goes up only 2-4% after working 50-60 hour weeks on average.
    - The bonus is pretty nice, but after tax deductions you're not left with much.
    - Unrealistic deadlines for most of the projects.
    - Office politics, and blame-games are a very popular pass-time at Argus.
    - Management's quality varies alot
    - Most of the work at Argus is repetitive SQL querying. If you're able to stay focused and calm for 10-12 hours a day querying and checking metrics, then this is the job for you.
    - The technology used is pretty much outdated... hence ALOT of manual work and room for human error.

    Basically, the company employes mostly foreign workers, because they know how hard it is for the poor guys to move to other places. Most of the American ones stick for short periods of time, unless their persuaded to stay longer for higher salaries. It is a decent starting job, however there is better out there, and many at Argus have moved on to greener pastures after a year or two.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None... By now Argus has developed a company culture, which I doubt that management is either willing or able to change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great opportunity for early career

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in White Plains, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in White Plains, NY (US)

    I have been working at Argus Information & Advisory Services full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Massive amounts of data
    -Fast growing, plenty of opportunities for those willing to step up to challenges
    -Company is performing well, so bonuses have been generous lately

    Cons

    -Really outdated technology
    -Culture does not encourage knowledge sharing. There are a few rock stars who have done great things, but Argus tends to lean too heavily on them instead of developing company-wide knowledge to improve overall performance.
    -Lots of finger-pointing, both inter-departmental and from management downwards, when things don't go perfectly
    -Poor risk and workflow management - lots of fire drills and last minute requests impact quality of established deliverables

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Technology must improve if you want to continue to draw elite talent and compete with the world-class big data analytics shops.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Its OK, depends on your role and who you report to

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Argus Information & Advisory Services full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fast growth and decent pay, but that is also dependent on who you report to

    Cons

    Few top level ppl run the company, they make the decisions and everyone is expected to follow. Unfortunately Argus is the only company most of these ppl have worked in so they don't have a lot of industry exposure leading to a huge gap in management style...something like a 'frog in the well'

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the company can't run on a few top ppl, not at least in the long term. So please plan your moves carefully

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    It was a best experience working at Argus. It is employee friendly company.

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    Current Employee - Summer Technical Analyst Intern in White Plains, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Summer Technical Analyst Intern in White Plains, NY (US)

    I have been working at Argus Information & Advisory Services as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Employee friendly environment, free snacks and beverages, good in analytics domain, arrange different events and offer bonus to their full time employees.

    Cons

    Finance department sometimes mess up with the salaries (delayed), there is a little bit of space issue for interns (which will resolve soon)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Argus Information & Advisory Services as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work for experience in the credit industry, hugely important in the financial world.

    Get to work with some really brilliant people in the tech part - people you always wondered about finally getting to see.

    Has some cool company events and overall the HR/quality of life is fair (this isn't a sweatshop exactly). The office is neat and modern generally speaking.

    Get paid and compensated as an intern, but far below anything acceptable for society. But it's money right?

    Learn a lot about data, where it's from and how it's abstracted and then advised for clients.

    Heard the pay is average to good for full time staff. Bonuses are supposedly good (again it's money right?).

    I felt my bosses cared mostly, and could relate to them.

    Overall personality of the company is professional, ambitious, a little nerdy but generally a "normal" job for what you'd expect to get out of college.

    I hadn't heard of major accounting issues or any crazy firings or layoffs while there, knock on keyboard.

    Seems moderately to very supportive of technical updates.

    Wide degree of freedom as far as when to work. Mandatory legal training a give you some insight on the regulations in data - and the projects for them.

    Bagels and casual days on Friday.

    Directors and Execs show their faces.

    More pros than cons.

    Cons

    Fantastic people but as someone else said "one or two bad apples"...

    Analysts are a little slow communicating changes. Not really bad but slow enough to be a little confusing.

    Nobody ever seems to know who will stay or go - hirings and leavings seem to be done in a conclave. People take their bonuses and run (hint good time to apply).

    Promotion looks slow for people there for a while. But I think they get raises...

    Managers are fun, a little quirky being IT, not annoying per we but not really there when there's an issue.

    Work is done in response to regulations a lot. Kind of annoying but laws...

    Like some IT places, you'll feel like you're in India. Not sure if that's a pro or a con for you the reader, but this is the English language. Little bit of a culture clash you didn't have to buy a ticket for.

    White plains is not the MOST accessible place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advise your advisors when a new adviser will be advising the advisors.

    Be aware of health issues: some light training maybe.

    Offer interns notice for openings months before they graduate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Its ok

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Argus Information & Advisory Services full-time

    Pros

    great exposure to the retail finance industry

    Cons

    insane work hours and SLAs

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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