Ipsos Reviews

Updated 26 August 2014
Updated 26 August 2014
285 Reviews

3.1
285 Reviews
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Ipsos Chairman and CEO Didier Truchot
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89 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • emerging as one of the most comprehensive market research entities on a global scale (in 24 reviews)

  • Flexibility with work schedules, great people on the team (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • Management acts like they own you - there is no work-life balance other than lip service paid to the concept (in 22 reviews)

  • Some extremely dull work, long hours for which you are not recognised, poor pay (in 21 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    good company and fun people

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Sydney
    Current Employee - Director in Sydney

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

    Pros

    fun place to work. Good people and great attitude. But, I hear things have started going down

    Cons

    not much clarity on where the company wants to go (grow).... depends too much on individuals to drive the growth with out clear direction from the management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    provide clear goals -- coach, mentor and compensate employees for their efforts.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Overall Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ipsos

    Pros

    smart and interesting people. everyone is always willing to help out if someone needs it. team is great to work for.

    Cons

    protocols are different when working with our divisions. ops is a little slow and can't really help if project is outside the norm.

  3.  

    Environment is ok but career prospect is very limited

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Associate  in  Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)

    I worked at Ipsos full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    OK working environment and friendly colleagues

    Cons

    Very slow career progress & low salary
    Colleagues are not very bright, I could not learn much from them
    Learning and growth opportunity are quite limited

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should put more focus on people: recruiting and retaining talents

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Battling BUs- make sure you are in a good one!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ipsos

    Pros

    Good reputation. Generally smart motivated people. Intellectually stimulating. Some very good data scientists. Great clients.

    Cons

    Too dependent on division heads. My division's leader was a total middle manager- a sycophant to those above him and a dictator to those below. He had no sense of market strategy and his energy was internally facing. I finally had to leave. Last I heard he got removed from the position, but is still with the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take your own advice and think outside the box. Get rid of the middle management mentality and battling business units. Innovate around big data and analytics. Your data scientists are your biggest assets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Avoid this company unless you are a machine

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    Former Employee - Research Associate
    Former Employee - Research Associate

    I worked at Ipsos full-time

    Pros

    Even an entry-level researcher have opportunities to meet and discuss with CEOs, senior management of client companies. Able to get a lot of practical skills such as presentation, report writing, statistical analysis.

    Cons

    Great pressures from management to meet sales target, which lead to embarrassingly poor work quality. Most likely to work more than 12 hours a day to produce crap reports but junior's contributions are taken for granted. Low salary compared to the competitors in the industry. High turn-over rate without a doubt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Researchers are not a machine....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company struggling to not lose what made it great ever since Synovate acquisition

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    Former Employee - Vice President
    Former Employee - Vice President

    I worked at Ipsos full-time

    Pros

    Ipsos attracts really smart people, and my division was full of both smart and good people. Ultimately, I remained at Ipsos longer than I should have career-wise because I enjoyed the work and loved my colleagues.

    If you start your career here, there will definitely be room for you to learn and grow your career over time. They offer terrific training (Ipsos University) as well, which is there for the taking.

    Cons

    Compensation is not great compared to competitors (and certainly not compared to corporate/client side).

    The culture and general management has been suffering since the Synovate acquisition--rather than what made Ipsos great helping to make Synovate better, the ills and weaknesses that plagued Synovate have bled into Ipsos. While this varies by division, being a matrix organization, the company generally (and certain divisions specifically) is blind to this infection and struggling to stay on track performance-wise as a result.

    If you move to Ipsos mid-career, be prepared, you may likely find that room for growth will be limited...exec level positions tend not to open often and, when they do, too often are filled by outside hires than inside promotions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Pretty average for a global company

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    Current Employee - Research Manager
    Current Employee - Research Manager

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

    Pros

    Varied projects. That's probably the only good thing.

    Cons

    No work life balance. Over promising to clients by seniors creates tremendous work load on researchers. In a motive to please clients and win business or meet monthly numbers, seniors promise impossible deadlines to clients. As a result, researchers are burdened. But bosses don't understand why researchers need adequate time to finish a pretty darn good output. Some project deliverables are literally like building Rome in a day. It might seem lucrative for short term to win projects by agreeing to whatever clients demand, but in the long run poor quality, haphazard deliverables will ultimately drive business away.

    Some very incapable assoc/directors. Just because they have clocked in more years does not mean they are good. They may be expert researchers but can be hopeless people managers. Also, some are extremely lethargic and not at all detail oriented.

    Work environment is pretty drab amd boring. Not a place where creativity in research can be applied. Very 'by the book' approach to almost everything. Information systems/job books are too cumbersome and outdated.

    Overall, good start in your resume if you are new. But not a good long term prospect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees. Annual surveys are formalities. Recognize who works and who doesn't. Make work environment fun. Encourage chirpy chit chat within and across departments. Keep the mood upbeat and lively.

    Learn to control clients and not be controlled by them. Try to win clients because you do a damn good job, not because you can bend at their will.

    And finally, please recognize that employees have lives outside of the office too.

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

    It was great.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beijing, Beijing (China)

    I worked at Ipsos as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Collegues are nice and willing to teach.

    Cons

    As an intern, low salary is the biggest headache.

  10.  

    Good research companies with many solutions

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    Former Employee - Associate Director  in  Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

    I worked at Ipsos full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good research companies with many solutions

    Cons

    Bottom line driven; Not care about employee that much

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care more about employee

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    First ever international work experience.

    Current Employee - Group Finance Controller  in  Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Group Finance Controller in Paris (France)

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

    Pros

    - supporting team members
    - contact with people from different countries
    - huge responsibilty

    Cons

    - poor training to staffs
    - a lot of manual work

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