IDC (International Data Corporation)

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IDC (International Data Corporation) Reviews

Updated October 30, 2014
Updated October 30, 2014
133 Reviews
3.0
133 Reviews
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IDC (International Data Corporation) President and CEO Kirk S. Campbell
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work Life Balance is great, able to work from home when needed (in 20 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.  

    A great place to start or end your career

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Director
    Current Employee - Research Director

    I have been working at IDC (International Data Corporation) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great flexibility, autonomy and independance. Analysts can act as their own start ups!

    Cons

    Privately owned and do things as they have always done them - there is a perception of no willingness to be more agile in how the business operates or delivers products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the market and support the analysts that need support!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Director

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consulting Director in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Consulting Director in Boston, MA

    I have been working at IDC (International Data Corporation) full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    International experience providing advisory and consulting services to leading ICT companies globally.
    Opportunity for growth in the company. Provides a good platform for developing skills and expertise. Good atmosphere in the office. High level of professionalism overall throughout the company. Provides a number of professional training opportunities. Opportunities to participate in leading industry events.

    Cons

    Workload can often be overwhelming due to tight deadlines. Difficulties balancing work and personal time. Communication between groups could be improved to ensure better cooperation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better support in terms of time management and resource planning. Management could do more to ensure better communication across the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to start off, then move on.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in San Mateo, CA

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance - many people work from home at least one day a week and you get 18 days of paid time off the first year here.

    Cons

    Slow - slow to promote, slow to change. Complete opposite of a startup, fun environment. If you are young and like to have fun, stay away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation isn't high enough for those starting off. Doesn't make sense that someone is getting paid twice as much as me for doing the same job just because they have been here forever.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Smart People, Great Work Life Balance,

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

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

    Pros

    Work Life Balance is great, able to work from home when needed
    Benefits are solid from health insurance, to 401k match, to vacation time
    Interesting industry and challenges
    Good place to learn about the inner workings of a medium size company - good and bad
    Well known in the market
    Can travel the US and beyond depending on your role

    Cons

    Politics is a big issue, the management team has been stagnant for years and chances for advancement are limited
    Perception is the reality there due to all the silos, very few people have a view into what the individual business lines are doing so it makes it hard to coordinate across different teams, everyone protects their own fiefdom - this limits any sort of innovation on the product front
    The key to success at IDC is having a good manager that can navigate the politics and will stick up for their team when needed. This might be hard to find given the lack of movement in the upper ranks. Those types of managers don't last long.
    Pay is lower than the industry norm but somewhat offset by benefits
    Not a fast paced / high growth environment, slow and steady is the goal, this offers some predictability but this also ensures nothing changes year to year

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in the product and people for the long run. If not, go public or sell to another like organization in the industry. There is a ton of value locked in IDC that will never be realized unless there is a dramatic change.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Large company, small company feeling

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IDC (International Data Corporation)

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, for both time and environment

    Cons

    Difficult to advance, recognition not always given

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Needs new leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  8.  

    Very pleasant, challenging and rewarding place to enjoy a career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  10.  

    Good work/life balance

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IDC (International Data Corporation)

    Pros

    Very flexible environment, can work from home whenever you want

    Cons

    decentralized company structure breeds unnecessary competition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    invest in employees to promote growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place for Interning

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

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

    Pros

    Treat they're interns really. Willing to help them and teach them stuff. If someone is interested in getting to know more about the career of a consultant its a great place to start.

    Cons

    Inspite of their intern friendly environment, interns do get tend to be ignored, especially when the office is busy closing some ongoing project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great leadership team. Maybe you could design some sort of training for interns instead of trying to find work for them after they join offie

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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