IDC (International Data Corporation)

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IDC (International Data Corporation) Reviews

Updated August 5, 2014
Updated August 5, 2014
122 Reviews

3.0
122 Reviews
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IDC (International Data Corporation) President and CEO Kirk S. Campbell
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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.  

    Made it through Great Recession and looking forward to the future

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Framingham, MA

    Pros

    Work/family balance including flextime and telecommute option

    Cons

    Company run by the numbers does not allow enough innovation and collaboration

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to support innovation and collaboration

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good people with a passion for doing a great job for clients.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst  in  Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Framingham, MA

    Pros

    *Visibility to industry trends
    *Easy for competent people to climb the corporate ladder
    *Good international travel opportunities
    *Excellent brand
    *Good resources - sales, conferences, etc
    *Relationship with sister publications (e.g. CIO, Infoworld, etc)

    Cons

    Very P&L focused
    Poor strategic planning
    Myopic focus on near term profits
    *Pressure not to criticize vendors (clients)
    *Too much focus on vendor vs practitioner issues
    *Difficult process to get numbers to add up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're doing a good job but you've missed some opportunities to be a significantly larger and more profitable company. Ironically, you're short term profit focus has caused you to miss some huge profit opportunities in the research, advisory and publishing business.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good for work/life balance not for career development

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Framingham, MA

    Pros

    work like balance is favorable

    Cons

    salaries are low and career development opportunities are limited to two paths, sales, or analyst roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    restructure.

    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Time to Make the Donuts

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Framingham, MA

    Pros

    IDC has an excellent work / life balance -- this is probably the single best feature of the company. The business processes and mgmt ethic have a quaint feel about them.

    Cons

    To thrive at IDC, you need to be seen and not heard. Do your job, don't make waves, make your numbers and keep your clients happy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The competition operates on the basis that the "brand" and the people together are what creates leadership. IDC embraces the brand, but does not adequately reward the top 10% performers.

    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    IDC could be a lot better

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Framingham, MA

    Pros

    Being an analyst is interesting work. In general IDC has good clients that appreciate our research and insights. IDC has a good reputation in the market and provides access to senior IT industry leaders. Many very good analysts work at IDC and make it potentially a very collaborative and rich experience, however they are often overworked making collaboration difficult and day to day operations stressful.

    Cons

    Idc has lost it's way. Mediocre management has gutted the company and lack of promotions and pay increases have killed morale. The company provides no incentive to do more than the bare minimum leaving few qualified employees motivated to do the work. Turnover is high. Good employees eventually leave due to lack of recognition and advancement. IDC is a good place to work if you have short term aspirations and don't mind dealing with the politics and bureaucracy of an organization that rewards mediocrity and discourages excellence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IDC badly needs a complete reorganization that puts the customers first, rewards employees that excel and removes the layers of organizational complexity and silos that do not contribute to revenue generation or customer satisfaction. There is far too much overhead on a global basis.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Once was a great place to work! The people are great but the management has no direction. The company is suffering!

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    Current Employee - Research Manager  in  Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Research Manager in Framingham, MA

    Pros

    Love the people but feel bad for one and all of us daily!

    Cons

    Cost cutting hurting productivity.
    No loyalty to long-time employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow a backbone and try new things! Better and accurate information sharing!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Management needs to focus on employee development and keeping employees happy, or risk losing talent

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Analyst  in  Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Framingham, MA

    Pros

    1. Recognized global brand
    2. Good benefits
    3. Flexible work hours with the option to work remotely
    4. Relaxed atmosphere
    5. Some really talented employees

    Cons

    1. Compensation is below Industry standards
    2. Some managers barely interact with their teams
    3. Training programs don't cover useful subjects
    4. Promotions don't seem to happen based on talent
    5. Limited growth opportunities
    6. Dull office environment
    7. Work can get monotonous
    8. Currently, there is high turnover, and management doesn't seem too interested in keeping talented people around by offering better incentives/compensation
    9. No defined career path...though you may get to work with a good manager who may provide great guidance
    10. Low employee morale
    11. Office politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Raise the compensation of employees
    2. Improve office environment to make going to work more enjoyable,
    3. Reward high-performers
    4. Include some technical topics in the training programs to better an employee's skill set
    5. Hire better managers or offer management training to senior employees
    6. Basically, work on all the cons listed above

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Work life balance and great benefits but low comp and lack of future or advancement

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Framingham, MA

    Pros

    work life balance is great , benefits especially pto are wonderful as well, medical and dental standard. People are nice

    Cons

    Lack of promotions, salary increases . No growth opportunities at all. No challanges. just same thing every day . monotomous

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want people to work hard you need to reward them . Morale is really low right now .

    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great talent, lack of direction

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Intelligent coworkers with a real passion for their jobs. Flexible hours and work life balance provides an overall comfortable work experience.

    Cons

    Lack of direction and drive to adjust in a changing business environment. There is plenty of talent abound throughout the company, but is underutilized due to poor business practice and processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider organization adjustments and significant changes in traditional business models in order to cope with poor economic conditions. Provide a more clear long term strategy.

    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    IDC- Potential to be great, lots of internal barriers to overcome

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales  in  Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - Sales in Framingham, MA

    Pros

    - Bright, personable analysts that sold themselves
    - Learn on a daily basis
    - great co-workers
    - benefits, summer hours, free ice cream days, golf team, concierge service, etc (lots of little perks that add up)

    Cons

    - no sense of urgency to get things done from an mid/upper management standpoint
    - spent too much time trying to prove why a change was needed
    - sales people given too many chances if they were not performing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look to cut costs were people are not doing their jobs.
    Reward people for hard work.
    Ensure poeple have goals and comp packages at the beginning of the year- not 1/2 way through it.
    Get rid of the people that are barriers and make the environment uncomfortable

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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