Electronic Data Systems

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Electronic Data Systems Reviews

Updated Jun 23, 2014
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2.7 613 reviews

50% Approve of the CEO

Electronic Data Systems Chairman and Executive Vice President Joe Eazor

Joe Eazor

(54 ratings)

32% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexibility and Dependability and work from home option(in 18 reviews)

  • Good company and work/life balance(in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor senior management & executive leadership during my time at EDS(in 35 reviews)

  • Upper management and lack of strong sales(in 24 reviews)

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    Not the same as the "good old days" (before Alberthal left)

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Lansing, MI

    ProsIt was a place where employees were recognized and rewarded...happy people made for happy customers and a viable, profitable business

    Consit isn't that way any more (especially since acquisition by HP). Bottom line is all that matters. Customer and people thrown out the window

    Advice to Senior ManagementGo back to the grassroots wisdoms. Taking care of your people (and consequently your business and customer) never goes out of style. Look at the big picture and not just the next quarter

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    LSS Deployment Leader

    Manager of Consulting Manager (Former Employee) Plano, TX

    ProsOpportunity for International Experience was a great plus.

    ConsOne of the biggest concerns I had working at EDS was the fear of Layoff. EDS was known for doing workforce reductions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOne of the things I would have offered if asked was that the Leaders at EDS try to move leaders slated for layoff into roles they may have had prior experience.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    HP ruined EDS.

    Information Specialist (Former Employee) Alexandria, VA

    ProsWork life balance is good. Several highly experienced personnel who are happy to help with your growth.

    ConsEDS was overtaken by HP and was never the same again. Salaries got slashed across the board, experienced employees got laid off, customer lost their confidence.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you're slashing people's salaries, don't give your selves bonuses of millions of dollars. Don't cut cost at the expense of the quality you provide to the customer. Don't cut costs from programs that make you money. Stop micro-managing. Get your priorities in order. Don't promote incompetent people to management positions.

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    EDS not what it once was

    Communictions Manager (Former Employee) Plano, TX

    ProsWas a professional environment with dedication to excellent work and dedicated customer service.
    Pay was relatively competitive. Changes in management too frequent.

    ConsHP has changed the game for the worse. Sloppy work in communications. Would not say there's much room for personal growth. You might advance if you're good at ignoring people's needs, quality work and can cut costs and make a profit. Find it a cold, mechanical place to work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet ready to lose your workforce if economy turns.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good starting place

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Miramar, FL

    ProsGood corporate feel, great team work ethic, lots of experience.

    Constreated people as a number, not a person. unable to leave current position for other internal opportunities.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest more time in gettting to know the employees and doing what is best for their career.

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    EDS many things depend on the unit you work in.

    Infrastructure Specialist (Current Employee) Huntsville, AL

    ProsUnit I worked didn't have any management on-site...pretty much had to build relationship with client customers...Job was cyclically exciting. A lot of flexible time

    ConsManagement is not proacvtive to help you with career path or new opportunities, pretty much on your own.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFind ways to give current employees career paths if they which to get into other business segments.

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    A lot of layoffs, more hours to cover people laid off, pay cuts or raise freeze

    Information Associate (Current Employee) El Paso, TX

    ProsGood place to get experience

    Consraise freeze for about 2 years.
    promotion freeze.
    Now as part of HP: No more pension,lower 401k contribution, pay cuts, higher out of pocket for worse health plan options. Told under HP raises are not as common and bonuses are more common. Not good since we know who is getting the big bonuses.

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    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Poor Pay, decent opportunities

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThey do not pay that well, but there is plenty of opportunity to move around and try new things. Also international opportunities.

    ConsThey don't pay well. I would not recommend them on that alone, but if you are desperate, go for it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry harder to retain talent. Don't let the good ones go and try to support educational opportunties more. That will help keep them.

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    Business Analyst (Former Employee) Flint, MI

    ProsSalary relative to other's in geographical location
    Work/life balance
    Flexible to alternate work arrangements
    Quality employees (excluding management)
    Generous vacation/time off

    ConsStagnation in opportunities
    Poor management/HR
    HP effect on the company
    All jobs subject to off-shoring at any time
    Poor workplace morale

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet more engaged with what your employees are doing and their contributions/abilities.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    EDS/HPES in dire straits, pre-acquisition EDS employees getting brunt of cost savings

    Middle Manager (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsUsed to be a great place to work, and was certainly a company where people could build a whole career within... it was not uncommon to hear of people working 20+ years at EDS. The culture and "EDS-way" were some of the strongest traits of the company, it was easy to work with other EDS-ers globally because we had a common way of approaching things. The Graduate Development programs that ended in the 90's built leaders from the day they entered the company, that worked from the bottom up. Flexible ex-pat assignment and a reasonably generous travel policy (for Europe at least) used to be the norm.

    ConsAll of this has pretty much evaporated with since Rittenmeyer and then HP took over. People are getting major pay cuts, with the worst in the US, but Europe isn't far behind, with 30% cuts not uncommon. EDSers are still striking as of writing this in France and Germany, and staff that don't like what's going on are being told where to find the door. Morale is at an all time low... probably worse than when Brown brought the company to its knees in the early 2000's. It's probably appropriate that the name EDS has finally been retired in favor of HP Enterprise Services, because the heart and soul of EDS has been stripped away. Unfortunately, the customers are wise to all this, and some of them will probably start to leave EDS for other services companies... no-one likes have HP hardware they don't want/need very aggressively sold to them.

    Finally - OK medical, below average 401(k) and a non-existent retirement plan, forced vacations(!), and a very restrictive travel policy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe damage may be permanent now, you've lost so many of the good people, and those that are left will leave the second the market picks up unless you reverse some of the benefit erosions and start treating pre-acquisition EDS personnel the same as pre-acquisition HP employees...

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