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Retired 2005 - right time to leave after 23 years with company

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Former Employee - Consultant Senior in Dallas, TX
Former Employee - Consultant Senior in Dallas, TX

I worked at Electronic Data Systems

Pros

Early on great company with ample opportunities and real pay for performance (early 80's).
Great culture and some really bright and dedicated coworkers
At time I left it was still a good place to learn business skills and technical skills especially for young first-time entrants to workforce/technology

Cons

Started downward spiral during reign of Dick Brown
Continued into a downward spiral since by continual denigration of management's policy toward employee treatment
Management totally focused on short term gain at expense of long term viability and employee retention
Employee morale very poor at time I left (2005) and appears to have gotten even worse after HP acquisition (from friends who still work there - there number is dwindling).

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Need to seriously examine core management philosophy in regards to employee treatment. It seems that employees are only considered "cannon fodder" to get the job done with minimal levels of quality for the project at hand. Although management appears to say all the right words, their actions do not support those words.

Doesn't Recommend
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    Good place to start a career.

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    Former Employee - Information Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Information Analyst in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Electronic Data Systems

    Pros

    It was a large company with many resources. If you needed answers to a particular issue, you had the reach of the entire organization to help. We had great customers in many different industries.

    Cons

    The size of the company was also the biggest issues. It takes time to initiate change in such a large environment and most of the time decisions were not given enough time to permeate throughout the entire organizations. This resulted in major changes every 6 months or so it seemed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When making a decisions, stick to it for at least the medium term and not just the short term. Realize that EDS is (was) a large organization and internal results take time to really take root.

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    Better than nothing, but most people could do better

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Tulsa, OK

    I worked at Electronic Data Systems

    Pros

    The company was relatively stable and never bounced a check. Vacation time was reasonable and pay was enough to live on. I did learn a bit a first.

    Cons

    Strong emphasis on hierarchy and policy over accomplishing work. Thick layers of bureacracy in the way of getting anything done, and upper management treated employees like numbers. Company slogans loudly proclaimed an emphasis on quality, while a broad array of individual policies discouraged it in favor of short-sighted cost-cutting and CYA.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Live up to your proclaimed goals and ideals instead of paying them lip service. Increased quality has a cost, so if you want it that cost needs to be paid. Perpetual quarterly cost-cutting keeps the stock up temporarily, but it leads to a slow death spiral as all of the quality employees leave for better environments and pay.

    Doesn't Recommend
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