Electronic Data Systems Reviews

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  • Good people, opportunities, career paths and training (in 20 reviews)

  • Lot's of opportunity and great people to work with (in 14 reviews)

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

  • No work life balance and limited availability of resources (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    left after 20 years

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Plano, TX

    I worked at Electronic Data Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    training program outstanding employees worked on customer based IT solutions pay and benefits

    Cons

    project deadlines (long hours) bad corp decisions in later years EDS was a very good company to work for in the 80s and 90s. Not as much in the 00s. Therefore, I left to pursue a better opportunity.


  2. Working at EDS

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Plano, TX
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Electronic Data Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Employee oriented in the early days of strong CEO's. Opportunities to grow were boundless.

    Cons

    Company CEO's changed and profit pressure increased.


  3. Great Supervisors, Flexible Schedules

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    Former Employee - Marketing Communications Specialist in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Marketing Communications Specialist in Plano, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Data Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Having full time work with good pay

    Cons

    Not having any reason to move within the company

    Advice to Management

    Please think about upgrading technology in the office


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  5. great culture

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    Former Employee - Fellow in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Fellow in Plano, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Data Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    EDS had one of the best cultures during my tenture. There was always lots of opportunity for career growth and learning.

    Cons

    EDS started to lose it way - starting with Dick Brown - as it brought in too many outsiders to lead the company. They lacked vision and leadership in an industry that Ross Perot invented.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to lead, and reinvent the business/industry!


  6. Helpful (2)

    Working at EDS was one of the best experiences of my professional career

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    Former Employee - Client Sales Executive in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Client Sales Executive in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Electronic Data Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    EDS delivered great products and supported its employees through training and opportunity.

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Advice to Management

    Good luck


  7. EDS is for professionals who strive to provide excellent service. Company treats employees fairly.

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    Former Employee - Information Specialist in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Information Specialist in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The EDS culture allows individuals to respect their work and personal lives. The company stands by people who are committed and provides excellent career path and compensation. A lot of top managers are technical enough to understand the job that needed to be done.

    Cons

    Some top managements weren't as qualified. There was also some amount of communication breakdown especially when there was a transition (merging, separating, buying, selling of accounts and human resources) but that's understandable.

    Advice to Management

    Leaderships at EDS should try to acquire the MBA degree. A lot of them are technical but may lack in leadership skills.


  8. Plenty of reasons to work for EDS

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    Current Employee - Senior Information Specialist in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Information Specialist in Plano, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    EDS is a large corporation which provides stability and plenty of career opportunities. If you are inclined it can be easy to move within the company, to experience different job roles and to advance your career. For IT professionals the merger with HP can be expected to provide plenty of new career opportunities within HP. Salary and compensation have always been reasonable.

    Cons

    The current merger with HP is expected to result in layoffs for US based staff. However it is expected that the merger with HP will also include plenty of opportunities for EDS staff to transfer to other roles within HP if they desire.

    Advice to Management

    Attempt to diversify to other revenue sources.


  9. Helpful (1)

    EDS: Opportunity and Flexibility for anyone willing to put in a little work

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    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Plano, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Changing jobs after hire (parallel moves) - If you can prove you can do the job, they'll give it to you. How you got the skills isn't important. At managers option, work arrangments can be very flexible. Getting the work done and meeting deadlines is more important than what time I arrived in the morning, or even where I was when I did the work.

    Cons

    It's big. A lot of jobs are getting moved overseas. The pending merger with HP could be interesting.

    Advice to Management

    Thanks, for providing a company where someone could come in to a telecommunications position that was so entry level, it didn't require any training, and work their way up to become a successful and respected designer in only 5 years. It's great having a job where I don't count the days until Friday and don't get depressed on Sunday evening. Of course I'm a graphic designer. Getting paid to draw pictures (even if it's just an org chart) is a very fun way to make a living.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Is decisive and thinks two to three moves ahead of the market

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Vice President in Plano, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Dynamic Industry and fast changing industry. We have the benefit of transforming companies not just running their IT shops. As a result of the breadth and depth of EDS, we get to see many innovations implemented. Then we are able to share those experiences across industries adding value to each client. Great People with incredible dedication to serving our clients in an excellent manner. Ability to experience a wide range of IT areas and a wide range of industries without leaving the company. There is always a challenge and opportunity for those who want to make a difference to capitalize on it.

    Cons

    Authority and control is held at very senior managment levels and within functions instead of at the business unit level. This diminishes accountibility, slows down the ability to get anything done and creates political factions / agendas that may or may not align well across the company. It is easiest to get great results when all parts of the organization are aligned, incented and motivated toward the same goals. Big companies often have this problem but it seems accentuated at this point in time at EDS. Some of this is driven by history and some is driven by strong opinioned leaders with short sighted vision

    Advice to Management

    Build greater levels of trust



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