IDC (International Data Corporation) Reviews

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IDC (International Data Corporation) President and CEO Kirk S. Campbell
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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. 1 person found this helpful

    Helping people use technology to change the world.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Amazing private company culture. Great brand. Uncapped earnings and the ability to go wherever your talents and abilities take you - you see the benefits of your hard work. Innovative environment that supports people that take risks and try new things. Gives you the opportunity to fail. Well resourced. Lots of smart people and the worlds best companies for clients.

    Cons

    Sharp learning curve - global company that covers a lot of IT topics and has a lot of products. It can take a long time figure it all out. Lots of opportunities means that the work is never done - the expectations are reasonable, but no ones going to tell you not to go close more business. Driven company poised for growth - people like to work, not super social, no kegerators.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it easier to collaborate across company units. Consider strategic acquisitions to increase capabilities and increase market share. Keep building and refining product lines. Is there a way to make research more sexy?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful

    Not a bad place to work, but definitely not one of the best

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Working here affords most a decent work/life balance (depending on your manager). There are good benefits, generous PTO and some good people to work with.

    Cons

    Poor upper management, no training upon hire (it is basically sink or swim), no defined career ladder -- promotions are based on the whim of your manager. Because the company is privately held, there are many things that are allowed to let slide. Meetings are not very motivational or encouraging. There is a very "old-school" mentality and a feeling of condescension moving down the ranks. Biggest issue is lack of structure/organization in general.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to retain the good employees. It seems like inevitably the most talented and intelligent individuals leave to go elsewhere because of the lack of structure and the lack of career opportunities. There is the sense that everyone is expendable, despite tenure or successful past performance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Good experience.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at IDC (International Data Corporation) as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Salary was good, boss was great.

    Cons

    Company culture is lacking.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. A great place to start or end your career

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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
  6. Director

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    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
  7. Good place to start off, then move on.

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 a 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
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Smart People, Great Work Life Balance,

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    • 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
  9. Large company, small company feeling

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  10. 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 a 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
  11. 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

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