Electronic Data Systems Reviews

Updated July 26, 2014
Updated July 26, 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.  

    A COMPANY THAT LOOKS OUT FOR ITS EMPLOYEES

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    Current Employee - Infrastructure Specialist  in  Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Infrastructure Specialist in Norfolk, VA

    I have been working at Electronic Data Systems

    Pros

    Best reasons to work for EDS is because they will work with you, they are a flexible compnay and they look out for their employees on top of that I like the pay, people and the training.

    Cons

    It takes a long time to get things going

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None right now

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    EDS a great place to work is you live in Plano.

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    Former Employee - Infrastructure Specialist
    Former Employee - Infrastructure Specialist

    I worked at Electronic Data Systems

    Pros

    EDS is a large company. As a result of this, there are a lot of resources available.

    Cons

    Training budget is usually the first thing cut. Some training, like Six Sigma training was only available to individuals with a manager job code. This was frustrating because I was very interested in quality and I was unable to receive any training. There is a lot of traing available to employees working at the EDS headquarters buildings in Plano, TX. but little training available for everyone else because travel to training was cut.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide the same access to training to the employees outside of Plano.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pretty Good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Testing Analyst  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Testing Analyst in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Electronic Data Systems

    Pros

    IT's a job, and in this economy I'm very glad to have steady employment. The benefits are pretty good,health insurance, 401k, etc. Vacation days are good.

    Cons

    Too many managers, no Christmas party or raises in 2008 and 2009, took away cups so that if you want coffee you have to bring your own in, which is kind of ridiculous as a cost cutting measure. Certain departments micro-managed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pare management, think of employees when cutting costs.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Why work for EDS?

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Process Improvement Analyst  in  Winchester, KY
    Former Employee - Business Process Improvement Analyst in Winchester, KY

    I worked at Electronic Data Systems

    Pros

    EDS offers a wide range of Computer Based Training that can be taken at your own pace to further your job skills. They do have a matching 401K program and now with the HP merger you can get discounts on HP products. My experience has been that while with this industry projects come and go, its a good thing because you frequently get to change which project you work. This helps diminish boredom. EDS places a strong emphasis on community involvement. They have an open door policy, which means you can go to any leader at any time and not fear retribution.

    Cons

    Agent level jobs require extreme flexibility in work hours. Also HP just purchased EDS and there will no longer be pension funds available. It can be hard to get out of an agent level position if you do not cultivate relationships with management. Once you have a good relationship "in house" then start looking for something posted on the job site. It can be beneficial to have non-site leadership. Also, document everything and maintain that documentation under your control if you have any HR issues. Keep it for a long time, because you never know when someone may ask about an old situation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within, you have more talent than you realize in your entry level work force.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    EDS still a good place to work, in spite of uncertainties from HP buyout.

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    Current Employee - Information Specialist  in  Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Information Specialist in Plano, TX

    I have been working at Electronic Data Systems

    Pros

    The pay for my job (systems design and implementation) is well within the industry average, although those who are well qualified could probably earn more elsewhere in a non-recession economy. The company provides a good work environment, including current technology desktops (notebook PC with up-to-date software), flexible start and stop times, support for working from home long-term, telecommuting when personal needs require it, volunteering in community groups and activities (whether or not the company participates). The broad customer base lowers the risk of major job cutbacks during minor economic slowdowns, and offers the opportunity to work in new industries without leaving the company.

    Cons

    The health plan and other benefits are average. Medical coverage is satisfactory, and probably in line with most other companies. The stock price is still recovering from what Dick Brown did to the company. His massive layoffs and poor re-organization led to a huge drop in our stock price and significant loss of respect and trust among customers. The recent HP buyout is still a big question mark as to the effect on staffing and future business prospects. We've already had large layoffs and more are expected. It's not clear what the criteria are for identifying those to be let go. The severance policy is reasonable, though not stellar.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As with most companies, stop giving large exit packages to senior managers who leave the company. If things are so tough that we have to lose thousands of employees, why should an executive take tens of millions of dollars with him or her simply because they're a senior manager?

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  7.  

    Overall not bad.

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Electronic Data Systems

    Pros

    big company with lots of places to go and things to do. i do not have 100 words to write here so i'm making them up and just typing stuff that comes to mind. proud history of big accomplishments. eds invented their industry.

    Cons

    too big, too impersonal, musical chairs at top with no discernable justification for executive compensation. they either never did real technical work or have completely forgotten what it takes and are deathly afraid of technology. executives all seem to hire their kids and give them big bonuses, despite the lack of value they add. overall morale is bad. hp seems intent on slashing quite a bit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    "resource" is a 4-letter word and software is never created in a factory.

    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Ups and Downs of EDS

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    Current Employee - Telecom Analyst  in  Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Telecom Analyst in Tulsa, OK

    I have been working at Electronic Data Systems

    Pros

    I was fairly compensated at EDS.

    Cons

    Headquarters in Plano, TX is the sole focus. Other locations are easily forgotten until something goes wrong. Satelite locations rarely see their leadership. The manager comes three times a year. Anyone higher than the manager is typicallly not seen.

    Headquarter should learn to distribute email updates to the departments that required that information. Sending out blanket emails to the whole company that only applies to certain departments is not a good use of employee's time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember employees working outside of Plano. Reduce your excessively high wages to allow for better compensation for employees and to buy supplies.

    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    EDS is an ok place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Electronic Data Systems

    Pros

    One can take the opportunity to do independent training that can be used to advance to other opportunities. If you like to travel there are many opportunities within the organization.

    Cons

    they are best-shoring many jobs and asking the 'replaced' person to train them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More communication is needed. There are too many management layers within the company

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good variety of projects and technologies

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant Specialist  in  Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Consultant Specialist in Plano, TX

    I have been working at Electronic Data Systems

    Pros

    EDS has a wide variety of work with different technologies and projects available for you to work on. In my experience, management has been quite willing to let you transfer to other accounts/positions to gain experience in different areas and grow in your career. A lot of it depends on the management you work for, but I've found the work/life balance to be great.

    Cons

    It has the inherent problems of a big bureaucratic company: some things take forever when they should be quite simple, and some groups find ways to circumvent the bureaucracy to get things done. I wasn't around in the Perot days, but from what I hear, the senior leadership is not what it used to be then.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Yes, keep costs under control, but don't be penny-wise and pound-foolish. Give local managers much greater control and discretion. Work to hire and retain the best and brightest.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Pioneer in Information Servies industry is showing its age, losing to more agile and nimble competitors.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Troy, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Troy, MI

    I have been working at Electronic Data Systems

    Pros

    High quality of other employees.
    Good relationship with first-line managers.
    Places strong emphasis on supporting the customer, and providing a good value to the customer.

    Cons

    1) Over the last five years the compensation levels have dropped and benefits have been reduced. For example, it used to be fairly routine to be able to be reimbursed for after-hours graduate classes; now there is no reimbursement available.
    2) There is continuing pressure to move more systems development work overseas, even though quality will suffer.
    3) Top level management is *grossly* over-compensated. As part of the HP acquision of EDS, a number of senior managers were offered golden parachutes to resign - equivalent to millions of dollars, plus compensation and benefits for several years.
    4) Too many layers of management between the top and the bottom, and way too many senior staff positions with ill-defined responsibilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You people spend way to much time in meetings, and you're too removed from the nuts and bolts of the business. Get out and spend more time in the trenches with the software engineers who interact daily with your customers!

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