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Updated 14 August, 2014
Updated 14 August, 2014
54 Reviews

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    Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    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
  2.  

    Its ok

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great exposure to the retail finance industry

    Cons

    insane work hours and SLAs

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Analyst

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

    Pros

    Good exposure to data analysis and the credit card industry

    Cons

    Long hours. Low compensation / not in line with the industry

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    AVOID like a Plague!

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

    Pros

    Good work location and Finance Data Exposure

    Cons

    Unless you are a Fresher out of college, do not work here. Even if you are a fresher out of college do not still work here unless you were rejected elsewhere. There is no recognition for your long hours and much of the management group is institutionalized and useless without real management/IT/Leadership skills. This is not Real IT consulting work nor should you work here if you wish to remain Competent/Confident and Sane. Most of the work is around data validation and Straight data Loading which is very repetitive and boring. None of implementation requirements are intuitive or even remotely complex.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that people have a life/commitments outside work too. IT tools and processes outside have evolved a lot more than what you/your institutionalized resources know. Try to invest on better tools/technologies and work on retaining talented hires and cross training within. Gain some Leadership/Project Management skills through trainings atleast. Working at Argus alone for a few years does not automatically make you a good Manager. Focus on Optimizing existing processes and leveraging existing Knowledge base rather than on Politics and Gossip.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Churns through quality employees like an old maid making butter

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

    Pros

    o Free Sodas and Coffee, Clean Bathrooms

    Cons

    - low salary offset by what they call a "Generous Bonus". I call it baloney. They just hope you quit before the bonus.

    - terrible management

    - very long hours

    -no clear vision

    - lots of infighting.

    - meaningless promotions and insignificant raises

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Verisk should fold this company and sell it, or retain its intellectual property and absorb it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Okay... but extremely repetitive and boring.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Depending on the team you are on, you commit to work on the same level as the full time employees.

    Cons

    There are times when interns don't get paid b/c time cards weren't approved or the finance dept. didn't put it through.

    For a company that makes a good amount of money, they barely invest into upgrading their technology. The computers and servers are all outdated and extremely slow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    not bad

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good working environment, co-workers are good, fast promotion speed, business exposure

    Cons

    the task is not very interesting and rather simple i have to say

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Analyst Intern

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

    Pros

    The teams are small at Argus. Most people are your team are usually available to talk or to walk you through something. This is most valuable when tackling a problem when someone on your team might have more experience with.

    Cons

    As an intern, wish there was more of a concrete program for interns. It sometimes seemed like the interns were thrown into the wild to fend for themselves their first week. Also, some interns received more formal training than others depending on what team that had been placed on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A well structured intern injection program that guarantees that interns are all on the same level no matter what team or company project they are on. A streamlined process and orientation would not hurt.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great internship experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    As a intern, you will obtain great work experience that will jump start your career. Many interns are hired on as full time employees.

    Cons

    Young professional environment with many recent graduates. Fast paced and not for the faint of heart. Not a place where you can push paper and still get by.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great culture but long days

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There was a great atmosphere amongst the workers. The employees were very friendly and approachable.

    Cons

    The work days tended to stretch into around 10-12 hours. A little more interaction during the day would be better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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