IDC (International Data Corporation)
3.0 of 5 111 reviews
www.idc.com Framingham, MA 1000 to 5000 Employees

IDC (International Data Corporation) Reviews in Framingham, MA

Updated Dec 13, 2013
IDC (International Data Corporation) – Singapore – “IDC”

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

Kirk S. Campbell

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41% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great place to launch a career, and later to settle into retirement

Vice President (Former Employee)
Framingham, MA

I worked at IDC (International Data Corporation) full-time for more than 5 years

ProsEarly access to responsibility, business development, and management opportunities.

ConsFor a private business, very bottom-line oriented. Often results in employee and research group cuts before full chance to bloom...very quick hook.

Advice to Senior ManagementCompany seen as great place for first 5 years and last 5 years of career. Middle prime years are better spent elsewhere due to salary ceilings and very conservative management nature.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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If you like to learn, IDC's a good place to work.

Research Manager (Current Employee)
Framingham, MA

I have been working at IDC (International Data Corporation) full-time for more than 5 years

ProsYou learn domain expertise, you learn from your very intelligent colleagues, you learn from leaders in the IT field about current and future technologies. And you are able to use your knowledge in a variety of ways, whether it's through writing documents, creating forecasts, or working on a Tracker service.

On the personnel side, the benefits are ok -- not great, not terrible. However, most managers/directors/VPs take IDC's work/life balance pretty seriously and support their staff in achieving and maintaining a good balance.

Managers/directors/VPs also usually take an interest in their employees' career paths, and do what they can to encourage them both to succeed at IDC and to achieve their personal career goals.

ConsSalary isn't on par with the rest of the industry, so you do the same amount of work for less cash.

If you're in research and not working exclusively on a Tracker, expect to travel, although the amount you travel will vary depending on how much demand there is for you by clients.

If you're a minority or a woman, don't expect to ever achieve upper echelon status here: it's not going to happen.

The majority of women working for IDC in its WW HQ are at lower level positions in research or in administrative and support roles. Only in the marketing organization do women have parity with their male counterparts.

And if you're a minority or immigrant and not East Asian or Central Asian, you're out of luck: in the US, African American employees represent a fraction of a percent of total employees, and other minorities are even less visible except in low level support roles.

Advice to Senior ManagementCould we please see some diversity in the leadership roles at the highest level?

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

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good place to start as an intern

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Framingham, MA

I worked at IDC (International Data Corporation) as an intern

ProsReputable Market Research Company for IT industry
Diversified Culture Background
Flexible of working time

ConsBusiness Process is slow
The employee is kind of aging

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Great place to work, but hard to figure out how to rise in the organization

Analyst (Current Employee)
Framingham, MA

I have been working at IDC (International Data Corporation) full-time for more than 10 years

ProsFlexible hours - employees are measured by results rather than facetime or hours worked
Power to influence major decisions regarding technology strategy
Good place to become known within an industry
Interesting travel

ConsUnclear career path - promotions and advancement do happen, but it's not clear how to position yourself properly
Very numbers driven - although the company is private, it is run strictly based on quarterly profit numbers, which makes it difficult to propose innovations that require an initial investment. Also, the company is divided into numerous P&Ls, which makes it difficult to cooperate or deliver cross-functional projects.
Management prides itself on openness, but in practice is aloof, distant, and unclear about strategy.
Very poor communication about layoffs and departures - often you hear about them through the grapevine, which adds to the uncertainty over how people are rewarded and penalized.

Advice to Senior ManagementGreater transparency and openness in decision-making would be welcome.
Find a way to give P&Ls more incentive to work together.
Reduce the focus on quarterly profits, and allow for multi-year business plans.

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

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Lots of work.

Research Manager (Current Employee)
Framingham, MA

I have been working at IDC (International Data Corporation) full-time for more than 5 years

ProsYour work schedule is flexible, which means that if you are up to date on your work, you may or may not need to come into the office. Working from home is also a decent option. There are many opportunities to shine, and the work can be challenging and fulfulling in and of itself.

ConsThere is often more work than one full time employee can handle, so you end up working late, even when officially there are "early release Fridays" during the summer. It's a similar story with holidays - you get quite a few of them, and a week off between Christmas and New Year's; however, you often end up working during the holidays anyway. While you get as much as 6 weeks of PTO, many employees are constantly maxed out on their PTO accrual and unable to take time off due to the heavy work load.

Advice to Senior ManagementHire more people.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Flexible work schedules/locations; lack of unity/common vision within the organization

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Framingham, MA

I have been working at IDC (International Data Corporation)

ProsVery flexible working conditions; very supportive of virtual work environments. Employees typically like the benefits offered - and bonuses can be lucrative.

ConsThe company operates as a group of individuals moreso than as a company. There is a fair degree of in-fighting that is not managed actively. The organization tends to operate in consensus mode - which makes decisions very slow; tends to be change averse.

Advice to Senior ManagementLack of cohesiveness in senior leadership team is very apparent throughout the organization. This leads to mixed messages, lack of trust between divisions, and a general lack of unity throughout the ranks.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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great work life balance

Senior Market Research Analyst (Former Employee)
Framingham, MA

I worked at IDC (International Data Corporation)

ProsWhile there are definitely some tight deadlines and very high pressure situations, this is a very good opportunity to balance personal and work life.

ConsSalary levels are pretty stagnant, so push hard at the beginning, and don't expect your salary to change all that much even with promotions.

Advice to Senior ManagementWorry about profit, but don't make short term profit the priority it its.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Made it through Great Recession and looking forward to the future

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Framingham, MA

I have been working at IDC (International Data Corporation)

ProsWork/family balance including flextime and telecommute option

ConsCompany run by the numbers does not allow enough innovation and collaboration

Advice to Senior ManagementFind ways to support innovation and collaboration

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good people with a passion for doing a great job for clients.

Senior Analyst (Former Employee)
Framingham, MA

I worked at IDC (International Data Corporation)

Pros*Visibility to industry trends
*Easy for competent people to climb the corporate ladder
*Good international travel opportunities
*Excellent brand
*Good resources - sales, conferences, etc
*Relationship with sister publications (e.g. CIO, Infoworld, etc)

ConsVery P&L focused
Poor strategic planning
Myopic focus on near term profits
*Pressure not to criticize vendors (clients)
*Too much focus on vendor vs practitioner issues
*Difficult process to get numbers to add up

Advice to Senior ManagementYou're doing a good job but you've missed some opportunities to be a significantly larger and more profitable company. Ironically, you're short term profit focus has caused you to miss some huge profit opportunities in the research, advisory and publishing business.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good for work/life balance not for career development

Account Manager (Current Employee)
Framingham, MA

I have been working at IDC (International Data Corporation)

Proswork like balance is favorable

Conssalaries are low and career development opportunities are limited to two paths, sales, or analyst roles.

Advice to Senior Managementrestructure.

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