Electronic Data Systems

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Farewell to an American Institution

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Current Employee - Infrastructure Specialist  in  Hopewell, NJ
Current Employee - Infrastructure Specialist in Hopewell, NJ

Pros

Some intelligent hard-working people that are fun to work with.

Demand for services from HP/EDS likely to increase as companies continue to out-source.

A lot of potential for the company to do great things once the obliteration o f EDS by HP is completed

Cons

Very disorganized due to absorption of EDS into HP – a lot of conflicting direction coming from different levels in management

for an IT services company their internal IT is terrible

a tendency to “spin” their communications instead of just stating what they mean.

Travel restricted, training dollars non-existent.

A lot of time is wasted on lame training that has no professional value.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Concentrate on making employees your collaborators instead of current practice of making them adversaries. Employees are not children to be cared for; they are intelligent individuals that understand the business environment and want to succeed.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    EDS/HPES in dire straits, pre-acquisition EDS employees getting brunt of cost savings

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    Former Employee - Middle Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Middle Manager in New York, NY

    Pros

    Used to be a great place to work, and was certainly a company where people could build a whole career within... it was not uncommon to hear of people working 20+ years at EDS. The culture and "EDS-way" were some of the strongest traits of the company, it was easy to work with other EDS-ers globally because we had a common way of approaching things. The Graduate Development programs that ended in the 90's built leaders from the day they entered the company, that worked from the bottom up. Flexible ex-pat assignment and a reasonably generous travel policy (for Europe at least) used to be the norm.

    Cons

    All of this has pretty much evaporated with since Rittenmeyer and then HP took over. People are getting major pay cuts, with the worst in the US, but Europe isn't far behind, with 30% cuts not uncommon. EDSers are still striking as of writing this in France and Germany, and staff that don't like what's going on are being told where to find the door. Morale is at an all time low... probably worse than when Brown brought the company to its knees in the early 2000's. It's probably appropriate that the name EDS has finally been retired in favor of HP Enterprise Services, because the heart and soul of EDS has been stripped away. Unfortunately, the customers are wise to all this, and some of them will probably start to leave EDS for other services companies... no-one likes have HP hardware they don't want/need very aggressively sold to them.

    Finally - OK medical, below average 401(k) and a non-existent retirement plan, forced vacations(!), and a very restrictive travel policy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The damage may be permanent now, you've lost so many of the good people, and those that are left will leave the second the market picks up unless you reverse some of the benefit erosions and start treating pre-acquisition EDS personnel the same as pre-acquisition HP employees...

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    HP is sinking this ship fast and furiously.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX

    Pros

    Life at EDS before HP was acceptable. Managers, for the most part, were flexible with time off and work hours.

    Cons

    Morale is at an all-time low (and this is post Dick Brown years). EDSers all have a target on their forehead. Even though it was mentioned, "EDS will retain its name and operate as an HP Company," that has changed. It is now HP Enterprise Services. All signs of EDS have been stripped from the building. The parking lot seems to get emptier every day. It's depressing.

    Every day at work is just another opportunity to flex that target on our foreheads. I used to think highly of HP but being in their environment and seeing how things are done has really opened my eyes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think if HP realized the talent they have in front of them, things would be very different ... instead of capitalizing on this, they are flushing it down the toilet.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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