IDC (International Data Corporation)

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IDC (International Data Corporation) Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
128 Reviews
3.1
128 Reviews
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IDC (International Data Corporation) President and CEO Kirk S. Campbell
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68 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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 for 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.  

    Large company, small company feeling

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  3.  

    Needs new leadership

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    • 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 for 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
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  5. 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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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 for less than a 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
  8.  

    Good company to work for

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    relaxing 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.

    Cons

    a 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 ManagementAdvice

    Pretty good

  9.  

    If you like to learn, IDC's a good place to 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 for 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
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 for 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    - 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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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