IDC (International Data Corporation) Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    VERY Mixed Bag

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most analysts are smart and have been in their space for many years. If in the right team work can be intellectually stimulation. Relaxed work atmosphere. Flexible working hours. Fairly good benefit package.

    Cons

    Many analysts and managers have been in their position for many years and are not *really* innovative and out-of-the-box thinkers as they think they are. Strong focus on quarter-to-quarter profitability stands in the way of innovation and long term strategic planning. Fragmented and complex P&L structure leads to inefficiencies, turf protection and makes it difficult for clients. Business practices and IT systems are very behind.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach to clients: use relevant business metrics, long term strategic planning, invest for the future.


  2. great work life balance

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Hours are flexible; team work spirit is good; managers are nice and supportive; work environment is friendly

    Cons

    Limited career growth; no advice; lack of young employees to add more energy to the environment


  3. Helpful (3)

    Good place to begin your market research experience but career growth is limited and risk of complacency is high.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are respectful to each other. Good culture and easy to get use to.

    Cons

    Company does not believe in competitive salaries. Bottom line is more important than retaining good people with many years of experience.

    Advice to Management

    Upper Management does not communicate well and tends not to encourage entrepreneurship. Lack of process in a mature company is described as "being entrepreneurial"


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  5. Great place to work, but hard to figure out how to rise in the organization

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Framingham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IDC (International Data Corporation) full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours - employees are measured by results rather than facetime or hours worked Power to influence major decisions regarding technology strategy Good place to become known within an industry Interesting travel

    Cons

    Unclear career path - promotions and advancement do happen, but it's not clear how to position yourself properly Very numbers driven - although the company is private, it is run strictly based on quarterly profit numbers, which makes it difficult to propose innovations that require an initial investment. Also, the company is divided into numerous P&Ls, which makes it difficult to cooperate or deliver cross-functional projects. Management prides itself on openness, but in practice is aloof, distant, and unclear about strategy. Very poor communication about layoffs and departures - often you hear about them through the grapevine, which adds to the uncertainty over how people are rewarded and penalized.

    Advice to Management

    Greater transparency and openness in decision-making would be welcome. Find a way to give P&Ls more incentive to work together. Reduce the focus on quarterly profits, and allow for multi-year business plans.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Lots of work.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Manager in Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Research Manager in Framingham, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Your work schedule is flexible, which means that if you are up to date on your work, you may or may not need to come into the office. Working from home is also a decent option. There are many opportunities to shine, and the work can be challenging and fulfulling in and of itself.

    Cons

    There is often more work than one full time employee can handle, so you end up working late, even when officially there are "early release Fridays" during the summer. It's a similar story with holidays - you get quite a few of them, and a week off between Christmas and New Year's; however, you often end up working during the holidays anyway. While you get as much as 6 weeks of PTO, many employees are constantly maxed out on their PTO accrual and unable to take time off due to the heavy work load.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people.


  7. Flexible work schedules/locations; lack of unity/common vision within the organization

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Framingham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very flexible working conditions; very supportive of virtual work environments. Employees typically like the benefits offered - and bonuses can be lucrative.

    Cons

    The company operates as a group of individuals moreso than as a company. There is a fair degree of in-fighting that is not managed actively. The organization tends to operate in consensus mode - which makes decisions very slow; tends to be change averse.

    Advice to Management

    Lack of cohesiveness in senior leadership team is very apparent throughout the organization. This leads to mixed messages, lack of trust between divisions, and a general lack of unity throughout the ranks.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Stable work environment.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great colleagues. Generous PTO and paid holidays. Opportunities to learn new skills. Ability to work from home. Challenging work. Opportunities to participate in focus groups.

    Cons

    Lack of onsite IT support in satellite offices. Don't find value in financially supporting holiday parties or team building. Some managers don't seem to appreciate the support jobs.


  9. great work life balance

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Market Research Analyst in Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Market Research Analyst in Framingham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    While there are definitely some tight deadlines and very high pressure situations, this is a very good opportunity to balance personal and work life.

    Cons

    Salary levels are pretty stagnant, so push hard at the beginning, and don't expect your salary to change all that much even with promotions.

    Advice to Management

    Worry about profit, but don't make short term profit the priority it its.


  10. Made it through Great Recession and looking forward to the future

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Framingham, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work/family balance including flextime and telecommute option

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to support innovation and collaboration


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Framingham, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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