Electronic Data Systems

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Complete paralysis/incompetence of Senior leadership

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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Director
Current Employee - Director

I have been working at Electronic Data Systems

Pros

EDS Pays well, and provides a terrific experience to learn an industry from top to bottom. Since there are significant gaps in competence, a strong performer can easily look like a star performer virtually overnight. The key is the ability to build upon that momentum and crystallize it around advancement, which is tougher to do.

Cons

Executive leadership is nothing short of incompetent. Leaders are rewarded on their ability to manage expectations up the chain, and active politicking is rewarded. Challenging the status quo is frowned upon and looked as a threat to the establishment. Career employees have made a living out of managing the next group of executive leaders that come through the door. NO ONE is held to any objective measure of performance across the organization, from Senior VP down to individual contributors. Delay, deflect, and blame have become the mantra of a once proud company.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Break the back of the senior leaders, and promote the talent that exists within the organization. There is skill and talent that wants to succeed. However, they are held out of the critical leadership positions, while the same leaders just recycle through different roles/titles.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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    A succession of managers who worked to shut down the company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX

    I worked at Electronic Data Systems

    Pros

    Large scale mainframe service bureau environment. At the time there was a diverse mix of different clients and industries with various expectations. This presented an opportunity to become successful in a large shop, something that cannot be gained in a smaller scale environment.

    Cons

    Management turnover every two years. About the time your manager knew you well enough to recommend promotion or provide recognition, he moves on and someone who knows nothing about you comes in. Management discretion mostly amounted to management not doing anything to increase your position or compensation. I had a few good managers but I had some that I had to move to another area to escape. There were some who should not have been managers as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I was there when the stock dropped off the edge and never recovered. Someone is practicing deception and someone else is believing them.

    Approves of CEO
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    Why work for EDS?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
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