IDC (International Data Corporation)

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IDC is a dinosaur

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Former Employee - Analyst in Framingham, MA
Former Employee - Analyst in Framingham, MA

I worked at IDC (International Data Corporation)

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Very interesting and dedicated analysts. Being an industry analyst at a well know firm gives you a great deal of access and entry into the biggest technology companies at an executive level. Work is interesting and you can take your research agenda in any direction you want - as long as you can retain a sufficient customer base.

Cons

Very poor vision and operations - horribly inefficient and pretty poor leadership. Profitability model that charges extremely high rates to customers but squeezes P&Ls dry so it feels like you are always operating on a shoestring. Most investment decisions (including approving Blackberries to individual analysts) were made by 2-3 senior executives making it extremely difficult to innovate on business models, processes, tools.

Advice to Management

IDC needs a shake up.

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  1. Good people, good company, wrong direction

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Framingham, MA

    I have been working at IDC (International Data Corporation)

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    IDC is a privately held company, so it's somewhat more secure than a public company. Also, the people there are genuine, kind and hard working.

    Cons

    Like many other companies, IDC is outsourcing much of it's workforce to other countries, which caused many layoffs. Morale is low.

    Advice to Management

    Unlike public companies, IDC has a unique opportunity in this economic downturn to offer clients more value. Instead of outsourcing the workforce, causing a dissruption in service, IDC should be investing in infrastructure and offering better delivery systems to the clients. The current strategy seems penny wise and pound foolish.

  2. IDC is a good place to work if you are good at taking care of yourself.

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    Former Employee - Analyst
    Former Employee - Analyst

    I worked at IDC (International Data Corporation)

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    IDC offers great work life balance - much more life than (hard) work, it is an entrepreneurial environment, there is lack of maangement oversight, allows you to build your own network, great clients, and smart people. You get to travel to a lot of places and meeting very interesting partners and customers and conduct very interesting research.

    Cons

    Management continues to be challenged in running a global company. Promotes too many incompetent people. Lack a clear career path for talent outside of HQ. Has little recogniztion of global expertise unless they move to Boston. Too many lead analysts have experience in the 'customers shoes'.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to manage outside of Boston.

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