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Electronic Data Systems Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
645 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Constant stress about when you would be made redundant

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    Former Employee - Reporting Analyst  in  Peterlee, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Reporting Analyst in Peterlee, England (UK)

    I worked at Electronic Data Systems full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    getting paid.being able to pay the bills.

    Cons

    never getting a pay rise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    value your staff and stop off-shoreing.

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

    Worst job in 32 years in IT

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Troy, MI
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Troy, MI

    I worked at Electronic Data Systems full-time for more than 5 years

    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very small cog in a very large wheel

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Advisor, Level III  in  Peterlee, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Technical Support Advisor, Level III in Peterlee, England (UK)

    I worked at Electronic Data Systems full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Experience to move onto further carreer

    Cons

    More managers than tech support staff. Over-processing every aspect of your daily job.
    Very monotonous and repetative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less delegation and more proactive working with clients and staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    failed management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Electronic Data Systems

    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bullying, lying, poor pay, useless HR department, not signs of a decent company

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    Current Employee - Deputy Project Manager  in  Derby, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Deputy Project Manager in Derby, England (UK)

    I have been working at Electronic Data Systems full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    You can work your way into a position with travel, little responsibility, generous expenses and if you are scheming enough, decent pay. Of course they call this management. If you can stand up at a Town Hall meeting and sound positive, if you can bully people, if you can hide from customers and back them when you do meet them against your own staff, then you just may make it into the Executive. All these attributes are pros for the right person.

    Cons

    If you keep your head down, work hard, you are a dead duck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Frankly, crap managers are so engrained, so built into the infrastructure, that the only course is the one you have taken. Compete on price, get the Indians in. All Bulldog and lipstick etc. In the UK, starting with Thomas, then Finnan and onto this bunch, we were cursed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Overtime is always expected

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Electronic Data Systems full-time for more than 10 years

    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
  8.  

    Glad CEO has gone. He ruled through fear and surrounded himself with yes men.

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    Current Employee - Client Executive  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Client Executive in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Electronic Data Systems full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Cant Think of Any. Possibly travel opportunities.

    Cons

    Uninspired and untrustworthy mangers created a climate of fear over job security. This was particularly true the further up the ladder you progressed. You knew that in a tight spot, the company would not back you up. Savvy customers could get Managers replaced, even fired. Gutless management, because they were all scared for their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate fear culture. Bring back a focus on customer satisfaction. In 5 years I have never been asked for a meaningful review of client satisfaction, but financial reviews happen weekly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Old fashioned industrial-era style management

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

    I worked at Electronic Data Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Large company benefits like medical care and etc.

    Cons

    Management really SUCKS, with too many insane corporate policies and micromanagement that stalls creativity and innovation. Dilbert-like workplace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign and let some good professionals in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Not a good place

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    Current Employee - Client Executive  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Client Executive in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Electronic Data Systems full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    If you get very lucky, you might get to work for a leader who can motivate, mentor and inspire the staff. You can actually learn a lot from such a leader. We had a few in the past at EDS, but most have gone. With the good leader, along comes opportunities for various experiences, training and even promotion.

    Cons

    There are very few good leaders at EDS. Even in the past, when we had a few, the more senior ranks were awful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ross Perot envisaged a dynamic business excelling at providing I T Services and an inspirational place to work. We have become a financial juggling company that doesnt care, despite the bull, about the customers or the staff. It is all about numbers. As an I T Services company, if we offered excellence, we would grow and be profitable. As it is, we offer financial juggling, deliver as little as possible for as much as possible and pay our staff as little as we can. I guess by offshoring and keeping our prices rock bottom, we are the Wal Mart of the industry. No quality, good price.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Much better off if you don't ask any questions about policies and just accept whatever you are told.

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    Former Employee - Former Employee
    Former Employee - Former Employee

    I worked at Electronic Data Systems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Relaxed schedule
    - Easy place to work
    - Great co-workers that help you when needed and understand and help with your frustration at work

    Cons

    - No opportunity for career advancement and growth.
    - No orientation / training when you are first hired or afterward; Management turns down training requests

    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.Avoid at all costs, particularly new college graduates as the culture is very bad. Dont waste your time here

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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