Electronic Data Systems

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Electronic Data Systems Reviews

Updated December 1, 2014
Updated December 1, 2014
654 Reviews
3.0
654 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 36 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Once you have mastered your new skill set, go and work in another place to be compensated fairly

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    Former Employee - Database Administrator in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Database Administrator in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Electronic Data Systems

    Pros

    Good place for getting training for new skill set

    Cons

    Compensation for your skill set is inadequate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open to employees regarding how much of bonus is allocated to each business group, employees on the floor usually hear of bonuses but they do not actually get any.

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Mediocre

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Benefits Administrator in Cherry Hill, NJ
    Former Employee - Benefits Administrator in Cherry Hill, NJ

    I worked at Electronic Data Systems

    Pros

    You had a flexible work schedule and the environment was clean to work in. There was also an onsight cafeteria which is definitely a plus.

    Cons

    Management seemed clueless at times as to the actual job you were doing. It was amazing that these people were going to evaluate your performance and yet had no experience as to the job you were doing. SIMPLY AMAZING!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The lack of communication was definitely a big problem. Also, there seemed to be a lack of standardization for processing procedures. There needs to be a training program other than on the job training fly by the seat of your pants training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    hard to get promoted

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Electronic Data Systems

    Pros

    time between work and personal life is well balanced

    Cons

    has low visibility in advancing one's career path in EDS, now is HP consulting division

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Not a good place for women

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at Electronic Data Systems

    Pros

    Excellent health insurance options, credit union membership

    Cons

    There was an awful lot of gossip regarding many of the females in the department while I was at EDS. It seemed as if almost every woman was rumored to be fast until she could somehow prove otherwise. I remember one woman who joined from another department said to me, "You've probably heard a lot of rumors about me." I replied, "I make up my own mind about people." She was grateful for that.

    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Short Tenure

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auburn Hills, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auburn Hills, MI

    I worked at Electronic Data Systems

    Pros

    Ability to work remotely promoted good home/work blance

    Cons

    Continual Downsizing made security non-existent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    AAA

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Electronic Data Systems

    Pros

    Good food that they serve for lunch.

    Cons

    Boss is not helpful to employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on how you treat people

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    EDS/HP needs improvement.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Infrastructure Specialist in Auburn Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Infrastructure Specialist in Auburn Hills, MI

    I have been working at Electronic Data Systems

    Pros

    Probably, training opportunities were better than most companies. My expereince with job reviews is that it was a waste of my time.

    Cons

    Unrealistic demands on working environment. EDS management would sign contracts that a sane person would run away from. Maybe with HP management things may change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    EDS/HPmanagement should sit down and work with the technicians that are expected to do the job. This would give EDS/HP management a realistic idea if the terms of the contract are doable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Retired 2005 - right time to leave after 23 years with company

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    Former Employee - Consultant Senior in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Consultant Senior in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Electronic Data Systems

    Pros

    Early on great company with ample opportunities and real pay for performance (early 80's).
    Great culture and some really bright and dedicated coworkers
    At time I left it was still a good place to learn business skills and technical skills especially for young first-time entrants to workforce/technology

    Cons

    Started downward spiral during reign of Dick Brown
    Continued into a downward spiral since by continual denigration of management's policy toward employee treatment
    Management totally focused on short term gain at expense of long term viability and employee retention
    Employee morale very poor at time I left (2005) and appears to have gotten even worse after HP acquisition (from friends who still work there - there number is dwindling).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to seriously examine core management philosophy in regards to employee treatment. It seems that employees are only considered "cannon fodder" to get the job done with minimal levels of quality for the project at hand. Although management appears to say all the right words, their actions do not support those words.

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

    Better than nothing, but most people could do better

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Tulsa, OK

    I worked at Electronic Data Systems

    Pros

    The company was relatively stable and never bounced a check. Vacation time was reasonable and pay was enough to live on. I did learn a bit a first.

    Cons

    Strong emphasis on hierarchy and policy over accomplishing work. Thick layers of bureacracy in the way of getting anything done, and upper management treated employees like numbers. Company slogans loudly proclaimed an emphasis on quality, while a broad array of individual policies discouraged it in favor of short-sighted cost-cutting and CYA.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Live up to your proclaimed goals and ideals instead of paying them lip service. Increased quality has a cost, so if you want it that cost needs to be paid. Perpetual quarterly cost-cutting keeps the stock up temporarily, but it leads to a slow death spiral as all of the quality employees leave for better environments and pay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    EDS WAS a great company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Technology Consultant II in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Technology Consultant II in Tampa, FL

    I worked at Electronic Data Systems

    Pros

    EDS, prior to being acquired by HP, was a great place to work. There were plenty of opportunities for growth and education in your field of expertise.

    Cons

    Since being acquired by HP, the workforce reductions at EDS continue. The employees left have tremendous workloads, no morale and the ever looming question 'when will they let me go?'

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    EDS management, I have one question. If you knew in Aug. 2008 what you know today, would you have sold EDS?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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