Electronic Data Systems
2.7 of 5 600 reviews
www.eds.com Plano, TX 5000+ Employees

Electronic Data Systems Reviews

Updated Feb 4, 2014
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2.7 600 reviews

                             

51% Approve of the CEO

Electronic Data Systems Chairman and Executive Vice President Joe Eazor

Joe Eazor

(51 ratings)

33% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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EDS as a employer leaves much to be desired.

Infrastructure Specialist (Current Employee)
Indianapolis, IN

I have been working at Electronic Data Systems

ProsFlexibility with time off and sick leave.

ConsSize of the company - hit and miss on salaries - lack of career advancement.

Advice to Senior ManagementEven though the economy is bad, IT is still strong and shouldn't be treated exactly the same as many other companies.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Senior Infrastructure Specialist (Current Employee)
Tulsa, OK

I have been working at Electronic Data Systems

ProsWork from home 2 day's a weeks.

Cons80hr work weeks, No leadership at the account levels. No raises in 3 years. Pay cuts and layoffs

Advice to Senior ManagementTake some off your executive bonuses and reward the people left. They are your biggest EDS fans and are busting their butts to make it through these tough times. Its time to downsize the account executives, You are paying these guys way to much money when the account managers do all the work and would suffice. Also take a look at the administrative positions. You can afford to let anymore technical people go with out seeing it hit your account profit margins.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Objective one = Low Cost Provider. Objective Two = provide the minimal quality level to get by.

Leader (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL

I worked at Electronic Data Systems

ProsGet some basic experience for a resume

ConsFor those assimilated by the EDS Borg via outsourcing, the experience is miserable. You are quickly told that quality is second to providing "service" at the lowest cost possible. They underbid contracts to get the deal, then work the employees to death at minimal compensation.

Advice to Senior ManagementLearn to respect your employees. Have some prode in your deloverables and look beyond the $$.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Electronic Data Systems

ProsThe ability to work from home or take time off is easy. There are multiple positions to move into because of the company’s size. EDS has been around for a while and is now merging with HP that might open the door for future growth.

ConsPay raises are horrible and the company makes promises they cannot keep. They start an employee recognition program and cut it after two months. Communication is as good as the manager and sometimes you ask yourself how some of those managers received their position.

Advice to Senior ManagementPay attention to the government contract employees and not just corporate senior management because those employees work extremely hard with minimal work force. In addition, the most important, give the employee something to strive for if you will be over working them. They need motivation and not negative criticism.

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Sad when you dread going to work after 3 decades

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Electronic Data Systems

ProsPeople at EDS work harder, are smarter and more dedicated than most anywhere else
At the place where "the rubber meets the road" and delivery gets done, no one is more committed to the client.
Just wait - if you dont like something or someone, it always changes
Variety, pace, learning - constant challenge

ConsLast three years have been in constant flux of leader rotation and changing direction - weekly
Internally focused
Profit more important than service excellence or quality
Political back-stabbing has increased as desperation and layoffs have increased

Advice to Senior ManagementSettle on a direction and execute (the plan, not the people)

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Watch out US EDS employees...

Tech Lead (Current Employee)
Troy, MI

I have been working at Electronic Data Systems

ProsWorking with sharp technical people, nice benefits, fairly stable job.

ConsTakes forever and a day to get decisions made, really to get anything done. Too much bureaucracy. A good ol' boys club at the top. Can't get ahead no matter how good you are. You have to leave and come back to get anywhere - so they say anyway. HP merger treating EDS US employess like numbers/statistics; laying off and cutting pay with no regard to how valuable an individual employee may be.

Advice to Senior ManagementSenior management probably wouldn't listen or it would get lost in the shuffle, so I'd save my breath.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Top talent will always leave when you threaten cuts, and arbitrarily decrease pay

Senior Information Specialist (Current Employee)
Sacramento, CA

I have been working at Electronic Data Systems

ProsAt this point I'm not sure I can articulate any reason that I would consider best. I suppose it still looks respectable on the resume. I do enjoy most of the collegues I have had, but most of the top talent has left (including myself at the end of the month, I wish it was part of the HP Work force reduction so I could receive a severance).

ConsThey are to many to list. Poor leadership, nepotism, not involving the technical architects who actually know how to implement production business early enough in the process. %5 pay cut, then 10% pay cut, it's rediculous.

Advice to Senior ManagementIt's not your lack luster performers that leave when you cut pay, it's the top talent. This causes a vicious cycle that leads accounts to fail to exceed client expections. Which inevitable leads them to take their business elsewhere.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Turn out the lights...

Manager (Former Employee)
Plano, TX

I worked at Electronic Data Systems

ProsGood people on the team; benefits are OK, at least for now before becoming same HP. I enjoyed working for my team and felt I was supported by first-line managers. Also enjoyed working with teams on a global basis.

ConsThe problem was with upper management. Most acquisitions are not good for the rank and file and it's annoying when management tries to pretend all will be better, more opportunity, etc. Why pretend? HP has ruined the company. The first 5% salary cut was hard, but at least it was across all of HP and EDS. The extra 10% cut in April was only on EDS in the US--not fair and did not stop the layoffs. Most people were livid, but had little choice because of the bad economy. As soon as times are better, those few left will also hit the road.

Advice to Senior ManagementNone to give-it's over.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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EDS used to be a great place to work

Service Delivery Manager (Current Employee)
Detroit, MI

I have been working at Electronic Data Systems

ProsThere are some "old school" EDSers that are trying to keep the old EDS spirit alive. This includes very personable interactions with management, taking care of people, just being a good place to grow and work.

ConsThe folks that are left with the "old EDS" mentality are few and far between. The ones that are left struggle to do small things such as lunch out, trinkets, or any form of recognition since it has all been shut down. Overall compensation is flat and advancement opportunity minimal.

Advice to Senior ManagementPay Attention to your employees. Not Managers that tell you what you want to hear.

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EDS used to be great... HP is destroying us.

Infrastructure Specialist (Current Employee)
Dallas, TX

I have been working at Electronic Data Systems

ProsThe people I work with a are great, my job is challening and I enjoy what I do. My direct management is very flexiable with my scheduling and allows work from home when needed. This is a big positive in my book. There are not many positives now though since HP came in.

ConsEDS used to be a great place to work before the merger with HP. Since that time HP has been coming coming through with an axe and chopping EDS apart. It is not the same place it was when I joined 12 years ago, or even 1 year ago. The first big downside is HP came in and cut everyones base salary by 5%. Even though the company reported a profit. To pour salt in that wound all US based EDS employees got an addtional 10% pay cut. Again even though EDS is making a healthy profit. This has put quite a hardship on my personal finances as my salary is my total compensation. And my moral and drive to give 100 and even 110% effort is in the tank. HP touts is it a pay for performance company but nowhere is my compensation plan does it state what goals I need to meet. I am in a billable, client facing role and work my butt off nights and weekends and I am not holding my breath on getting any type of performance bonus to make up for the paycuts.

Advice to Senior ManagementRemeber the little guys, the ones out in front of clients eveyday, the ones who do all the real work for the company which allows you to get your healthy bonus and stock options. I have no issue with large executive bonus, but it is a slap in the face when my total compensation gets cut by 15% and you still get ungodly amounts of money in your pockets.

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