International Data Group Reviews

Updated July 27, 2014
Updated July 27, 2014
29 Reviews

3.6
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  1.  

    Great company to work for with excellent employee benefits

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at International Data Group full-time

    Pros

    Supportive management team.
    Excellent employee benefits.
    The company is constantly innovating and creating new products.
    Friendly work environment.

    Cons

    There could be more opportunities for advancement for employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to grow

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales and Marketing
    Current Employee - Sales and Marketing

    I have been working at International Data Group full-time

    Pros

    This privately held company was founded by one of the most influential and well-respected business leaders, Pat McGovern. He was a man of great vision and sponsored entrepreneurship among each of the media brands that were created underneath the IDG umbrella. Each business unit runs differently and is able to operate in a very agile manner, which to me is a positive thing. There is a lot of room for personal and professional growth; there are a handful of leaders that are willing to mentor and help guide young professionals in their career journey; and the major IDG brands like CIO, Computerworld, DEMO, etc. are widely respected in the industry. The flexibility and work/life balance is great.

    Cons

    The company is decentralized and poses conflicts in the marketplace when running your day-to-day business. At times you may be competing against your sister brands for revenue and that's not necessarily a healthy model. The company is old. It is respected, but there is no hiding that it is old. There is a lot of work that needs to be done to attract the right talent, pay for the right talent, retain them, and pave a new future. Majority of the workforce at IDG is well tenured and they could use a breath of fresh air. Senior leadership is certainly a boys network that will be hard to break in the years to come but you will see some progress there. At times it seems like the business unit leaders do not cut bait when the time is right - whether it's a business opportunity or personnel. The offices are very old and need a major revamp to meet 2014. You would hesitate to bring a client in for a meeting at the Framingham HQ.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Refresh the company image to attract the talent that you need in today's marketplace. Pay people well and give them the right opportunities to grow into leadership positions. You have a great place to nurture young talent and the opportunity to groom them into leadership positions, but you miss the boat. They end up taking what they've learned and move on to competitors, start-ups, or new age companies that give them that next step.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    it was a fun role and good learning experience

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Framingham, MA

    I worked at International Data Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    great work environment in a fast pace world

    Cons

    none it was great working for this company

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work and build a career

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    Former Employee - Sales Director  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Director in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at International Data Group full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    great people and a very strong brand name.

    Cons

    aggressive sales culture with lots of new products to sell, sometimes too many. Too political and internally comptetitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    great forward thinking products and business units,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great people

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Analyst  in  Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Technical Support Analyst in Framingham, MA

    I have been working at International Data Group full-time

    Pros

    First off the people you work with are incredible. Second the company cares about its employees and gives you great perks like fitness reimbursements.

    Cons

    Company is the parent of many other companies and thus has a lot of people at the helm.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Constant downsizing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at International Data Group full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, potentially good market

    Cons

    Uncompetitive salaries, management seems stuck in the 90s.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some younger people with proven success in modern media strategies.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Mature, friendly, respectful work culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at International Data Group full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great people, friendly environment, thoughtful teamwork happens, and the company has a willingness to invest in employees in the form of skills and management training.

    Cons

    IDG is doing some cool things with technology, but it's not a startup environment and at times feels slow or lacking in innovation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At the time of this review, the strategic direction of the company seems unclear and therefore weak, especially in the face of the increasingly fragmented media market. Not enough focus on growth as measured by audience size, not enough focus on mobile. Seems like the company is using the same old tricks to fix new problems.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at International Data Group

    Pros

    Exciting, fast paced work environment. Lots of challenges and opportunities.

    Cons

    Difficult to maintain work-life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop support & admin functions

  10.  

    Good company, good people, disorganized structure

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Framingham, MA

    I have been working at International Data Group full-time

    Pros

    Independent work environment, growth potential, sky's the limit on what you can learn.

    Cons

    Disorganized structure. Very little interaction between business units.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More synergy and cooperation between business units would turn a good company into a great one.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Not a competitive salary, but phenomenal company benefits (health, dental, 401k, etc...)

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - BILLING DIRECTOR  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - BILLING DIRECTOR in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at International Data Group full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The best reason hands down is that IDG hires some of the smartest folks in the publishing industry, regardless of specific department. They also carry some of the BEST medical coverage and numerous other perks (commuter checks, 37.5 hour work week, training & education, technology purchase program...)

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the communication of the company's mission or drive for current projects is lacking. It seemed to me that lots of people are working in a bubble. Also, there was a problem with follow through or completion of certain goals set by upper management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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