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Complete paralysis/incompetence of Senior leadership

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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

Other Reviews for Electronic Data Systems

  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Boring Job, Kind of Low Pay

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI

    I worked at Electronic Data Systems

    Pros

    The work wasn't overly difficult, and most people were happy to help you if you had a question. Most everyone there was friendly. You get a lot of paid time off, like two-hundred hours if you've worked there five years (although this may not apply to new hires due to EDS becoming "an HP Company."

    Cons

    The pay was kind of low, and raises did not keep up with inflation. Layers and layers of people with meaningless titles weighed everything down, there was no accountability among "higher ups." Management would lose track of escalated issues so stagnation was common during many everyday processes. Negative attitudes abounded, regardless of station. Work was repetitive, you can't even imagine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the cubicle folks, they know what needs to be done for efficiency to return.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    EDS, not cutting edge or rapid, but an 'OK' place to work -- a few times around.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Current Employee - Business Analyst

    I have been working at Electronic Data Systems

    Pros

    The opportunity to see how enormous accounts are successfully run or even mis-run/mis-managed. You get to see how hard it is to turn an aircraft carrier under way (analogy to the size of the company). People have said EDS is the best 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th job. It makes sense because you find yourself learning and applying what you learned more at other companies, then going to EDS because of what you know, but then your skills get stale and you have to go somewhere else again.

    Cons

    If you like to work in an intellectually challenging environment where each person contributes and then the best solutions are implemented as rapidly as possible, then this isn't the best choice for you. If, on the other hand, you like to be 'staus quo' and do things the way they have always been done, then this might be a good match.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a hard look at the middle management. In recent times you have forced 20+ year veterans to leave due to a Reduction in Force (RIF) and in place, you have 2 new 10+ year veterans taking their place trying to do the same job. Also give the power to make meaningful decisions back to the lower level managers. Scrutinize their mis-steps, but stand behind them if they keep their business unit operating profitably. Then provide incentives to actually managing customer relationships that are WIN-WIN and don't penalize account 'managers' who are simply order takers and 'yes-men/women'. That frequently turns into a Lose-Lose relationship with the clients.

    No opinion of CEO
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