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Electronic Data Systems Reviews

Updated July 25, 2014
Updated July 25, 2014
662 Reviews

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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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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst job in 32 years in IT

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Troy, MI
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Troy, MI

    Pros

    - Initial training programs for new graduates
    - Was once a great company
    - Was once full of good people
    - Was once led by Ross Perot

    Cons

    - Work harder than ever for the worst raises that are scheduled to be late every year so you only get 4 increases every 5 years at best.
    - Has been a sinking ship for 30 years.
    - Old school management that gets the worst out of people by making them despise their employer.
    - Unethical practices made it an embarrassment to admit who signed my checks.
    - What you do means nothing, who you know means everything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - People are not cogs.
    - People have lives outside of work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    failed management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    They pick nice people to answer the phone.

    Cons

    Cannot figure out a way to keep us busy until suddenly we are on 50 hour weeks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn that not all great managers come from India

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Overtime is always expected

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Detroit, MI

    Pros

    Learning library available to expand your skills ...if you ever had any free time.

    Cons

    Excessive overtime is always expected. Deadlines are unrealistic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Higher project managers that present resource leveled plans and stop cutting 40% from the timeline but still expecting 110% of the workload to be completed. What happened to work life balance?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    The most miserable experience of my life

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dublin, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, OH

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are very reasonable

    Cons

    This place is literally modern-day slavery on American soil. The culture and business model appears to be to bring in labor from off-shore and work people to death under threat of deportation. At one point, my whole team was made to stay until 9:30pm for an upcoming "meeting", at which time we were corralled into a room and told our project was behind and we were all going to start working 12-14 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is one example of many instances of mistreatment, and the project was mismanaged terribly. Upon quitting, I was not paid for my last several days of work. This culture started before EDS bought out Saber Corp and continued uninterrupted, but hopefully one day EDS will recognize the issues and clean this place up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In a completely anonymous survey, ask your employees for feedback so that you can begin to understand what is going on in your company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Do Not Work Here!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Associate  in  Tallahassee, FL
    Current Employee - Information Associate in Tallahassee, FL

    Pros

    - The people there are very nice.

    Cons

    - Very poor work life balance
    - Doing 5 people's jobs when only getting paid for one
    - Did not train at all when you are first hired or after.
    - No employee orientation when you are first hired.
    - No opportunity for career advancement and growth.
    - Work overtime a lot on nights and weekends.
    - Very stressful work enviornment.
    - Paychecks kept decreasing.
    - They shove something at you to complete when you are not trained at all on the subject.
    - They fire people for no reason at all. I have seen it happen to a few people that I worked with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at my cons and improve on all of them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Data analysis

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Tulsa, OK

    Pros

    Big organization provides options to move around locations

    Cons

    They prefer contractors to bring cost down. Contractors mostly underperform and get away with it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please focus on value to clients not just on cost cutting

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Frustrating advancement.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI

    Pros

    Great co-workers that help you when needed and understand and help with your frustration at work. Service juggernaut that had large accounts which meant there was plenty of work.

    Cons

    Frustrating compensation and promotion hurdles. Plenty of work meant that you were doing more than plenty of work. Work life balancing act was difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to your people managers and whether they use nepotism in picking and choosing employees for promotions and opportunities.

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stressful and stagnant

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems  in  Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Systems in Madison, WI

    Pros

    Coworkers were always the redeeming feature of the account. There were a few duds but many were extremely sharp, and willing to help coworkers learn.

    Cons

    Same gripes as every other EDS account on the planet: below market pay, massive amounts of unpaid overtime, no training or tuition reimbursement, no time for learning or keeping technical skills current due to understaffing and excessive workloads, miserly raises and bonuses, lots of earned vacation and manager-mandated vacation freezes, and the constant threat of losing your job whenever EDS thinks it's cheaper to cut workers than reduce executive bonuses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None, these are longstanding problems for EDS and HP both and the execs would have resolved them long ago if they considered these half as important as stock prices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Does EDS care about its employees at all?

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Springfield, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, OR

    Pros

    My team was moved from Symantec to EDS a year ago. I suppose the pro would be that I still work with many of them, and they're great people.

    Cons

    There is nobody around me who works for EDS who isn't completely demoralized. The company has delivered pay cut after pay cut (some in excess of 30%). Some of us have literally been told that now matter how we perform, we will be getting more pay cuts next year. Also, for an IT services company, wading through EDS's IT is like pulling teeth; it lierally takes me days every time I need to figure out how to do something like signing up for benefits online. Some of us haven't even been told what our job titles are.

    And since being bought out by HP, it has only gotten worse.

    In short, there is nobody who works within 50 feet of me who are not (sometimes desperately) looking for another job. Avoid this company at all costs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why would I give feedback to the leadership? It is clear that they either don't listen to us or don't care.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Farewell to an American Institution

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Infrastructure Specialist  in  Hopewell, NJ
    Current Employee - Infrastructure Specialist in Hopewell, NJ

    Pros

    Some intelligent hard-working people that are fun to work with.

    Demand for services from HP/EDS likely to increase as companies continue to out-source.

    A lot of potential for the company to do great things once the obliteration o f EDS by HP is completed

    Cons

    Very disorganized due to absorption of EDS into HP – a lot of conflicting direction coming from different levels in management

    for an IT services company their internal IT is terrible

    a tendency to “spin” their communications instead of just stating what they mean.

    Travel restricted, training dollars non-existent.

    A lot of time is wasted on lame training that has no professional value.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Concentrate on making employees your collaborators instead of current practice of making them adversaries. Employees are not children to be cared for; they are intelligent individuals that understand the business environment and want to succeed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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