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Pros
  • Gained good experience and exposure; met good people; development (in 22 reviews)

  • Many opportunities to work with new technologies, and to move around within the company (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management and lack of strong sales (in 25 reviews)

  • Got to be ready to work hard and long hours (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "hard to get promoted"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    time between work and personal life is well balanced

    Cons

    has low visibility in advancing one's career path in EDS, now is HP consulting division

    Advice to Management

    no


  2. "Not a good place for women"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Bethesda, MD
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent health insurance options, credit union membership

    Cons

    There was an awful lot of gossip regarding many of the females in the department while I was at EDS. It seemed as if almost every woman was rumored to be fast until she could somehow prove otherwise. I remember one woman who joined from another department said to me, "You've probably heard a lot of rumors about me." I replied, "I make up my own mind about people." She was grateful for that.


  3. "Short Tenure"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auburn Hills, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auburn Hills, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Ability to work remotely promoted good home/work blance

    Cons

    Continual Downsizing made security non-existent

    Advice to Management

    Better communication


  4. "AAA"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good food that they serve for lunch.

    Cons

    Boss is not helpful to employees.

    Advice to Management

    Work on how you treat people


  5. "EDS/HP needs improvement."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Infrastructure Specialist in Auburn Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Infrastructure Specialist in Auburn Hills, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Probably, training opportunities were better than most companies. My expereince with job reviews is that it was a waste of my time.

    Cons

    Unrealistic demands on working environment. EDS management would sign contracts that a sane person would run away from. Maybe with HP management things may change.

    Advice to Management

    EDS/HPmanagement should sit down and work with the technicians that are expected to do the job. This would give EDS/HP management a realistic idea if the terms of the contract are doable.


  6. "Retired 2005 - right time to leave after 23 years with company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant Senior in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Consultant Senior in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Early on great company with ample opportunities and real pay for performance (early 80's).
    Great culture and some really bright and dedicated coworkers
    At time I left it was still a good place to learn business skills and technical skills especially for young first-time entrants to workforce/technology

    Cons

    Started downward spiral during reign of Dick Brown
    Continued into a downward spiral since by continual denigration of management's policy toward employee treatment
    Management totally focused on short term gain at expense of long term viability and employee retention
    Employee morale very poor at time I left (2005) and appears to have gotten even worse after HP acquisition (from friends who still work there - there number is dwindling).

    Advice to Management

    Need to seriously examine core management philosophy in regards to employee treatment. It seems that employees are only considered "cannon fodder" to get the job done with minimal levels of quality for the project at hand. Although management appears to say all the right words, their actions do not support those words.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Better than nothing, but most people could do better"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Tulsa, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company was relatively stable and never bounced a check. Vacation time was reasonable and pay was enough to live on. I did learn a bit a first.

    Cons

    Strong emphasis on hierarchy and policy over accomplishing work. Thick layers of bureacracy in the way of getting anything done, and upper management treated employees like numbers. Company slogans loudly proclaimed an emphasis on quality, while a broad array of individual policies discouraged it in favor of short-sighted cost-cutting and CYA.

    Advice to Management

    Live up to your proclaimed goals and ideals instead of paying them lip service. Increased quality has a cost, so if you want it that cost needs to be paid. Perpetual quarterly cost-cutting keeps the stock up temporarily, but it leads to a slow death spiral as all of the quality employees leave for better environments and pay.


  8. "EDS WAS a great company to work for."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technology Consultant II in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Technology Consultant II in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    EDS, prior to being acquired by HP, was a great place to work. There were plenty of opportunities for growth and education in your field of expertise.

    Cons

    Since being acquired by HP, the workforce reductions at EDS continue. The employees left have tremendous workloads, no morale and the ever looming question 'when will they let me go?'

    Advice to Management

    EDS management, I have one question. If you knew in Aug. 2008 what you know today, would you have sold EDS?


  9. "You can do better"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Plano, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A good number of clients and projects that they can place you on; however it is difficult to a transfer. They would rather lay you off. Management goes behind your back instead of asking you about what you are doing.

    Cons

    The most political place I ever worked both internally and externally with their clients. At the time they had been working with 7-Eleven for 13 years and they still didn't trust each other.

    Advice to Management

    I don't know how this can be done, but clean up the political mess. Try being honest with your clients.


  10. "Not Great"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lansing, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lansing, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A consistent Paycheck. Decent 401(k) match. Ability to meet lots of people (since turnover was so high). Access to the internet during slow times

    Cons

    Leadership constantly motivating you by saying "at least you still have a job". co-workers were idiots and they were the ones that everyone looked up to.

    Advice to Management

    Be happy that HP bought you, it wasn't going to be getting any better anytime soon. Learn to really motivate your employees, not to demotivate them by taking away their pay.


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