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IDC (International Data Corporation) Reviews

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

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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    Very pleasant, challenging and rewarding place to enjoy a career

    Sales Management (Current Employee) Framingham, MA

    ProsCompany strategy, direction, people, work/life balance

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue the investment and focus on the strategic growth areas.

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

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Framingham, MA

    ProsFlexible 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).

    ConsLack 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 Senior Management1) 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.

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

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    Good work/life balance

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsVery flexible environment, can work from home whenever you want

    Consdecentralized company structure breeds unnecessary competition

    Advice to Senior Managementinvest in employees to promote growth

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place for Interning

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsTreat 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.

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Good company to work for

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosrelaxing working environment, has a good coffee machine and plenty of refreshment to enjoy when you are tired, nice people around you. The company also offers many chances to learn new software and skills. A good place to really learn something.

    Consa lot of data work, which is kinda boring (meaningful though), welfare is average, really need to improve conditions of computers, some of the computers are really old and slow. I would suggest a better wireless internet router, since the Internet condition is not very good in the company

    Advice to Senior ManagementPretty good

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

    Research Manager (Current Employee) Framingham, MA

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

    Vice President (Former Employee) Framingham, MA

    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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    Great work-life balance, poor internal structure and communication.

    Sales Representative (Current Employee) San Mateo, CA

    Pros- Good overall compensation, benefits and work-life balance
    - Products are up to par and needed by the market
    - Friendly colleagues
    - Not cutthroat

    Cons- Lack of internal communication and accountability
    - Department decentralization
    - Poor internal regulations- especially in sales organization
    - Zero training
    - Old school

    Advice to Senior Management- Need to take an extensive look at sales organization and compensation
    - Old rules and regulations need to be changed
    - Need to work on updating image and market abilities in better ways

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Bureaucratic Company with few job opportunities

    Program Director (Current Employee) Boston, MA

    ProsDecent salary, flexible work life, stable clients, good brand, smart colleagues

    ConsOrg is run as P/L and quarterly profit focus. Consequently under investment in training, people and systems

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmpower HR to ensure talented folks remain and are offered lateral or upward mobility, rather than quit due to favoritism.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Working in the Dark Ages

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIntelligent and likable employees (mostly). Good benefits package. Decent amount of time off.

    Cons- A lot of employees feel underpaid and unappreciated. Employee morale is horrible but management doesn't care. Recognition is focused on analysts and the rest of the staff is often ignored. No career path opportunities.
    - Too much focus on cost cutting so resources are stretched too thin and demands are very high (even though the owner is making a ton of profit and management brags about it). Unrealistic sales goals and then more layoffs occur when they are not met.
    - No long term strategy. No investment in technology so most of the systems are antiquated and resources are wasted on dealing with the limitations. Little synergy between systems or operating units.
    - No analysis of what's working or not working so no plans for change and no strategy for being more competitive. #fail.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider joining the 21st century.

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

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