IDC (International Data Corporation)

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IDC (International Data Corporation) Reviews

Updated Jul 17, 2014
IDC (International Data Corporation) – Singapore – “IDC”

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3.1 120 reviews

42% Approve of the CEO

IDC (International Data Corporation) President and CEO Kirk S. Campbell

Kirk S. Campbell

(62 ratings)

55% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very professional colleagues, Flexible Work-Life Balance(in 17 reviews)

  • Flexible working hours and Work-From-Home benefits(in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • An Excel P&L run company where numbers come before people(in 8 reviews)

  • remuneration, career development, senior management, benefits(in 7 reviews)

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    IDC = toxic culture

    Director (Former Employee) Framingham, MA

    ProsExposure to wide variety of IT research and clients means plenty of interesting work and the opportunity to learn as much as you want about IT. Great benefits. Laid back, informal atmosphere. Flexible work schedules.

    ConsToxic culture. Long-timers are tenured and get away with anything and everything. Too many VPs and GVPs with no people management skills. Commitments to clients are not taken seriously. Attitude is that customer work will get done when it gets done. Annual "anonymous" internal employee attitude surveys are anything but anonymous.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of most of the GVPs. Make client deliverables priority number one.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great research company that could be even better.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Mateo, CA

    ProsGreat field to work in, smart and friendly co-workers, good benefits, financially solid company, great reputation w/clients.

    ConsSenior management not very visionary, glacial pace of addressing well-known shortcomings.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUpgrade tools, invest in marketing, fix sales, improve client access to research, speed up copy-editing, invest more in strategically important fields.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good starter job

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Framingham, MA

    ProsThe entrepreneurial environment gives motivated individuals a chance to build knowledge, skills, and (especially) contacts. The brand opens doors. Employees get great exposure to customers and customer issues.

    ConsThe business model is broken. Tracker products are valued externally, but tracker employees are treated as replaceable cogs internally. The consulting and advisory services aren't all that good, and customers are pushing back. The sales force makes a lot of money, but adds little value. Management probably knows some of this stuff, but doesn't really know how to react. They do nothing to promote teamwork, offer no investment, and have no strategy for growth.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTime to move aside - management is a big part of the problem.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    IDC is a dinosaur

    Analyst (Former Employee) Framingham, MA

    ProsVery 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.

    ConsVery 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 Senior ManagementIDC needs a shake up.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good people, good company, wrong direction

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Framingham, MA

    ProsIDC 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.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementUnlike 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.

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

    Analyst (Former Employee)

    ProsIDC 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.

    ConsManagement 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 Senior ManagementLearn how to manage outside of Boston.

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    Time to move on.

    Economic Analyst and Culture Critic (Current Employee) Framingham, MA

    ProsIt was once a great company to work for with a promising future.

    ConsSenior management and the proliferation of dysfunctional politics at this level of the organization.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTime to move on.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    If flexibility is what you're looking for...

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros- flexible hours
    - able to work from home
    - fast paced, lots of opportunities to learn
    - work alongside smart and hardworking analysts

    Cons- compensation, benefits and pay isn't that great
    - management isn't as upfront and transparent as they ought to be
    - hard work might not be what the management is looking for. some get up there faster through other means.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave a look in the area of HR - ensure that someone is looking out to ensure it's stringent, transparent and ethical.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Welcome to the career graveyard

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFriendly team; comfortable working environment. Location of the office is convenient for public transport.

    ConsLack of leadership - things tend to just drift, without anything really happening. Work/life balance difficult to maintain as holidays are frequently cancelled. Salary could be better - inflation is rarely taken into consideration. Most of all, no prospects of further career development.

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue the good people (and you have a few) more; invest in better technology (ironic isn't it) - although recently more has been done.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    One very confused company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

    ProsGreat work environment, nice people, great HR and overall HR policies are employee friendly, analysts are the best on the market, an industry known brand to work for, exciting projects to work on

    ConsManagement is very conservative and not open to new ideas. IT tools are outdated. An Excel P&L run company where numbers come before people. Some country managers should have been gone long time ago.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest more into people and work on their retention, employee engagement, etc. Recognise new opportunities and give a chance for employees to work on new models, projects that are out of the usual scope. Step up and be able to make uncomfortable decisions and don't hold onto numbers only. Stop protecting faulty senior managers

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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