IDC (International Data Corporation)

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IDC (International Data Corporation) Reviews in Framingham, MA

Updated August 1, 2014
Updated August 1, 2014
135 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work Life Balance is great, able to work from home when needed (in 21 reviews)

  • Unlimited "work from home" (depending on your reporting line) (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • An Excel P&L run company where numbers come before people (in 9 reviews)

  • remuneration, career development, senior management, benefits (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    Very pleasant, challenging and rewarding place to enjoy a career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Management in Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Sales Management in Framingham, MA

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

    Pros

    Company strategy, direction, people, work/life balance

    Cons

    Historically, the IDC compensation model has not been on par with the market. That has been corrected in the past 6-12 months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the investment and focus on the strategic growth areas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Needs new leadership

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Director in Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Research Director in Framingham, MA

    I have been working at IDC (International Data Corporation) full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It is an easy company to work for.

    Cons

    The company is not very organized. It is like over a thousand little P&L's. There is little to no way to get alignment or drive an overall business strategy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need a new business model. The traditional analyst model is dying a slow death and you are not helping keep it alive.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smart people, quality research, flexible work but highly inefficient processes and unnecessary internal battles.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Framingham, MA

    I have been working at IDC (International Data Corporation)

    Pros

    Flexible hours and work location, competitive salaries, good benefits, combination of vacation and sick time into PTO bucket (so, if you don't get sick, you have more vacation time), smart (and many really nice) people, ability to do your job your way (no micro-managing), somewhat entrepreneurial (but not nearly as much as management believes).

    Cons

    Lack of structure, too many competing silos, extremely inefficient processes (and good SOPs are not followed), disconnected management, too much in-fighting/internal competition, some really belligerent and aggressive people who create a toxic/hostile work environment, very limited collaboration, weak global capabilities (in spite of large network of local analysts/resources), annual layoffs (which undermine ability to reach $ goals while also creating an environment where people are afraid of losing their jobs), too many unhappy employees who complain and are overloaded, limited innovation, penny-wise approach to technology so LOTS of things done manually and slowly reactive versus being proactive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Leverage structure and some centralization of lower-level functions to improve efficiency and effectiveness; 2) reduce employee workload (i.e. increase headcount) to improve responsiveness to clients, collaboration, innovation and ensure continued revenue growth potential; 3) fix financial incentives to stop sandbagging/stealing and achieve collaboration needed to succeed in a market which requires matrix (not siloed) intelligence.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Manager in Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Research Manager in Framingham, MA

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

    Pros

    You 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.

    Cons

    Salary 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 ManagementAdvice

    Could we please see some diversity in the leadership roles at the highest level?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great place to launch a career, and later to settle into retirement

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President in Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - Vice President in Framingham, MA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    For 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 ManagementAdvice

    Company 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    good place to start as an intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Framingham, MA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Business Process is slow
    The employee is kind of aging

  8.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Framingham, MA

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

    Pros

    Flexible 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

    Cons

    Unclear 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 ManagementAdvice

    Greater 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Manager in Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Research Manager in Framingham, MA

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

    Pros

    Your 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.

    Cons

    There 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 ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Framingham, MA

    I have been working at IDC (International Data Corporation)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Lack 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    great work life balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Market Research Analyst in Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Market Research Analyst in Framingham, MA

    I worked at IDC (International Data Corporation)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Salary 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 ManagementAdvice

    Worry about profit, but don't make short term profit the priority it its.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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