IDC (International Data Corporation) Reviews

Updated July 25, 2015
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IDC (International Data Corporation) President and CEO Kirk S. Campbell
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Pros
  • There's is also a conscious effort to breathe in work life balance and they are generally supportive of your personal circumstance (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)

  • Lack of sincerity from Senior Management (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Very change averse culture

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IDC (International Data Corporation) full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The company is very decentralized, so within your area, there can be opportunities for autonomy, but if depends where you are. There is flexibility given on hours and working from home. At least in my area, management mostly leaves you alone to do your job.

    Cons

    Making changes in the company feels impossible as the culture is extremely risk averse and resistant to any kind of change. The analysts are perceived as being all important. Employees in any other role are definitely second class. The work/life balance is extremely skewed in many areas, due to layoffs and people left handling multiple work loads. There is no clear path for career advancement. It seems to be very ad hoc and dependent on your manager/department/who you know and not on true ability.

    Advice to Management

    The world is changing, and changing fast. Get on board and embrace it, or join the dinosaurs. Value your support roles. They're the ones that keep it all together.


  2. Great Place to begin career

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IDC (International Data Corporation)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, interesting work for beginners and a lot of learning. No training provided.

    Cons

    No career growth , no rewards

    Advice to Management

    Career growth opportunties


  3. Helpful (3)

    Company's best days are behind it

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - acceptable pay & benefits that skew towards the lower end of the range however you define it. - flexible work arrangements - colleagues are mostly congenial though company culture dictates a certain amount of competition which makes collaboration difficult.

    Cons

    There are many reasons not to consider IDC as a potential employer or a reason to leave it for that matter. Two general reasons come immediately to mind: 1) reticence to change 2) increasingly outdated business model. There are too many specifics to cover in this field but if you'd like to step back into the research days of yesteryear, perhaps IDC is the place for you. Management laziness / ineptitude and the internal politics of the company means change of the smallest variety is the exception and painful at best. As a result, IDC is a highly inefficient place where menial tasks are unnecessarily difficult because management refuses to acknowledge the opportunity costs and lost productivity that are the result of dated tools (expense reimbursement, information management) and processes. As one reviewer noted, poorly-designed organizational structure and processes does not equate to an entrepreneurial culture. It just means things take an unusually long time to get done. Also, good luck with career advancement which is an opaque process at best. Career progression usually happens in one of three ways: 1) Backstabbing. Many that climb the IDC ladder, where rungs aren't always visible, have been known to do so by nefarious means. 2) Attrition. Hang in there long enough and there's a good chance some exasperated soul in the lower to middle rungs of the company will run away screaming leaving an opening for some unfortunate soul. 3) Leave and come back. Strangely, this is a celebrated part of IDC's stale culture. It's not unusual for talented people to rightly leave the company and come back after management wakes up to the fact the person or people in question were undervalued. If they bit their lips during their initial / previous stint with the company, management sometimes employs them again albeit at a higher level. (great way to encourage the rank and file to stay the course by the way). For a company that is purportedly global, IDC is embarrassingly U.S. and Framingham centric. To be fair, more attention is being paid by some in senior ranks to China and other higher growth markets (imagine!) as lower American growth has caught up to the company. IDC will exist so long as the brand is respected within the ranks of the old information technology vendor guard. But if IDC continues along its current path, employee attrition will rise and college students will learn about this once highly-respected company in 20 to 30 years time in the many great nearby business schools.

    Advice to Management

    Please take a look in the mirror. Are you serving the market as well as IDC did once upon a time? It is high time for senior management to augment if not overhaul the business model, create a widescale succession plan or risk the continuing slide into irrelevance.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Sales Representative

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IDC (International Data Corporation)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working with C-level executives of the top ICT companies.

    Cons

    Unstable business atmosphere, negative perception of the sales role.

    Advice to Management

    Plan better and increase job stability


  6. Helpful (5)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Helping people use technology to change the world.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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?


  8. A great place to start or end your career

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  9. Director

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (1)

    Good place to start off, then move on.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (4)

    Smart People, Great Work Life Balance,

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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