Electronic Data Systems

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Electronic Data Systems Reviews

Updated July 25, 2014
Updated July 25, 2014
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Once a great place.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - No Longer in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - No Longer in Rockville, MD

    I worked at Electronic Data Systems

    Pros

    EDS has a great rank and file employees who are dedicated to the job. It had the potential to be a great company.

    Cons

    EDS management is out of touch with their employees and makes knee jerk reactions in workforce reductions. This often leaves a few "good" employees having to carry much more responsibility than will occupy a 40 hour week. There is no transparency in management and in some cases, no visible management chain. Local management stays isolated in their offices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management is seen as greedy and taking everything they can prior to their exit. There is no clear goal to create a great lasting organization where people are proud to work there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Socially irresponsible. The off-shoring tactics of EDS are helping this recession turn into a possible depression.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Electronic Data Systems

    Pros

    Peers are solid. Pretty much every person I worked with was very professional and knowledgeable. The benefts started out as OK and slowly got worse over time (like every other company probably). Really the only reason to work for EDS is for a paycheck.

    Cons

    There is no future at this place. They have massive layoffs constantly and are off-shoring everything under the sun. Basically they are draining money right of the United States into foreign countries. There were many things they could have done to protect their employees even with the off-shoring but they chose to do none of the. I believe the upper managers the lowest quality leaders and the middle management just as bad. The bottom managers are decent leaders but many of them are clueless. I was unable to tell how some of them had their jobs but they still did. I'm guessing because of the poor middle management decision making.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Like a single one will read this lol. You might want to try being a little more socially responsible. My entire team got laid off after training some off-shore guys to take over our jobs. We did an excellent job for EDS and our reward was a zero notice pink slip. The term you use for off shoring (Best shore) is extremely insulting to the U.S. personnel so you may want to take another look at that one. There are plenty of strategies you can use to reward your better performing employees and still off-shore your labor.

    Again though. Not a single one of them will even read this let alone take any of it to heart.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    EDS may deliver on its commitments so that clients can deliver on theirs, but falls short on commitment to employees.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Communications Specialist in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Marketing Communications Specialist in Herndon, VA

    I have been working at Electronic Data Systems

    Pros

    EDS, an HP company, is very good at communicating with employees. Sure there are complaints that we receive too many corporate newsletters, emails, global broadcasts, etc. In the long run those forms of communication are necessary to keep employees aware of what's happening in a global company with 120,000+ employees. During the recent acquisition of EDS by Hewlett-Packard (August 2008), the senior management of both HP and EDS have been very open and communicative about what was happening. A website portal was launched immediately giving EDS employees an opportunity to delve even further into the ramifications of the acquisition--everything public related to the acquisition was put in a single location (press releases, internal broadcasts, transcripts of speeches, FAQs, email address to ask questions, etc.).

    Cons

    EDS still embraces the "good ole boy network." It's about who you know and not what you can do. There's very little opportunity for growth and advancement. Investment in employees' professional development is practically unheard of and subject to the whim (and budget) of the managers. Also, the concept of work/life balance at EDS is totally foreign. It's all about the bottom line and doing whatever it takes to get the job done regardless of personal sacrifices. Your job should come first in the eyes of senior management at EDS, with family and health way down on the list.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At the heart of every great company is the mental, physical and spiritual well-being of its employees. Consideration and investment in your greatest resource--the employees--would be the greatest benefit you could provide to the people who work for EDS.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    EDS - Managemnt, fear that great sucking sound.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Specialist
    Current Employee - Information Specialist

    I have been working at Electronic Data Systems

    Pros

    Great technical people, fantastic technical knowledge. Lots of team level peer to peer support (due to terrible upper management support).

    Cons

    EDS does not support training for it's employees. Lack of recognition for top producing employees. Clueless management. HP merger did not do existing EDS emplyees any favors. Current company has no direction. EDS now a part of HP, over 300,000 emplyees and still can't share knowledge or provide inter company support for projects or teams without holding a hand out for payment. Horrible mis management of some clients/projects with no repercussions to client executives or global client executuves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get off your butts and get this company back on it's feet. You have good people willing to do almost anything to make this a successful company and a great place to work. Take some risks, stand up and make something happen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Stay away from EDS!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Infrastructure Analyst in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Infrastructure Analyst in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at Electronic Data Systems

    Pros

    To find out how not to treat employees.

    Cons

    Poor treatment of employees. As an example, the breavement policy for a parent is supposed to be three days off. Was told that the workload did not warrant that much time off (way too busy), and "your relative is dead anyway, so there is not much you can do." Vacations are frequently not permitted to be taken, with the future promise of extra time- but year end comes, and you cannot carry over vacation time.

    The latest with the acquisition of EDS by HP, besides the massive layoffs, is salary reductions in the 20% range, to match the India contractors.

    No money for office or bathroom supplies.

    No training; the excuse used by management is you must take training "within your job area", and when you find something along this line, there is no money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit treating employess so poorly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Outsourced services which are not practiced internally.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Infrastructure Analyst, in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Infrastructure Analyst, in Honolulu, HI

    I worked at Electronic Data Systems

    Pros

    Remote web training is available to employees. I also enjoyed meeting and working with other technically experienced and competent employees.

    Cons

    Many of the web courses are outdated or poorly assembled. Re: technically experienced, none of them were in management, or remained in management long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perform an audit of services and positions starting with the top. For each position: What are they responsible for? Have they delivered? What is the measure of satisfaction of the front-line employees? There appears to be many more managers in the organization than necessary. I also find it rather strange that outsourced/contracted service companies provide "expertise" in fields that they themselves are not experts. For a technology services company, everyone should have an technology background [I don't know how someone can make decisions without knowing what is technically feasible and what isn't]. And you need to provide technical training to your staff so that they can continue to provide value to your clients [How else would they get trained? Trial and error on your clients?]

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    HP and EDS Killed Towers Perrin Outsourcing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Consultant in Chesapeake, VA
    Former Employee - Technical Consultant in Chesapeake, VA

    I worked at Electronic Data Systems

    Pros

    They had really good benefits. Now that they've been acquired by HP, I do not know how their benefits will be except that they no longer have a pension plan, only a 401(k).

    Cons

    There are over 300,000 employees now in the combined HP and EDS, and it feels like every employee is infinitely replaceable by cheaper workers in other countries. Also, it seems that they have been laying off the more experienced, higher paid, employees instead of the phone representatives with high school educations. I know that with the last layoff, all of the people I know that were laid off had graduate degrees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't lay off ALL of the experienced people. The cuts have been so severe at EDS since HP came that almost all of the career-oriented people are gone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    SHAME on EDS for how they cancelled severances for fired employees!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst Programmer in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Analyst Programmer in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Electronic Data Systems

    Pros

    The only reason to work for EDS is the paycheck, and the benefits.

    Cons

    I am currenly looking at the buyouts that the auto companies are giving their employees, and comparing them to how EDS treated employees that they let go some years ago.

    SHAME on EDS for what they did to them. EDS reduced severance payouts that should have been anywhere up to 26 weeks (for employees with 26 years experience) to only 4 weeks of severance. (Prior to the Reduction In Force, the official policy was 1 week of severance for every year on the job.) EDS stopped helath plan participation on the day employees were fired.

    I know people at Chrysler, that with just over 5 years experince with the company, are being offered buyouts of over $50,000, plus a free vehicle! Plus continuation of medical coverage for 6 months. More senior employees are getting even better buyouts.

    Consider that when EDS fired thousands back in 2001 and 2002 that EDs was still making decent profits (just not as much as IBM), Consider that currently Chrysler is on the verge of filing bankruptucy in the next 6 months - if they don't get government loans. This comparison lets you can see just how little EDS values it's employees!

    Avoid this company at all costs. BTW, HP now owns EDS.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pray for forgiveness for yourselves - you're going to need it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Abandon all hope, ye who enter here

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Electronic Data Systems

    Pros

    It's a job. There are plenty of good people here trapped like you.

    Cons

    There is a complete lack of respect for the employees from senior management. People are treated like expendable dixie cups. DO NOT work here if you have any other choice! It's a miserable place to work. There are exceptions but my experience appears to be similiar to others at EDS in totally different areas. I can't recommend the quality of the work either since their continous, haphazard cost cutting has affects customer satisfaction and quality. This is a technology company that has neglected their employees and their training to the point that it's little more than a shell.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize that this is a service company and that failure to invest in your employees is corporate suicide. Look at the long term instead of the temporary benefits of cost cutting critical skills. Failure to treat your employees like the assets they are is not only bad business, it's unethical. Invest in your employees or you have nothing to offer your customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    There is no way to grow or get raises regularly within EDS

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Herndon, VA

    I have been working at Electronic Data Systems

    Pros

    There are very little reasons to work for EDS, the only thing I can think of was the plenty of vacation time up front . Most employees get 3 weeks of vacation on their first day. EDS tries to advertise to their employees that they are one of the best places to work, but they are wrong. They even try to get their employees to vote them into an external online poll for best places to work but most people just laugh at it. Overall, EDS sucks and I would not recommend anyone work at EDS since filling out this portion of the survey was very hard for me.

    Cons

    Raises are very far apart, most employees get it after 18 months and they are very little, which is ridiculous. After 3 years of working you barely get 2 raises. EDS should learn how to compensate their workers. There is no way to grow within EDS and they do not care what kind of education you have when considering a promotion. You have to jump through hoops before anyone would even inform you how to get a promotion and then they basically tell you its no way it is going to happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give raises and promotions more often

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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