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Electronic Data Systems Reviews

Updated November 17, 2016
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Pros
  • Great work life balance was a plus (in 17 reviews)

  • Gained good experience and exposure; met good people; development (in 22 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. "EDS thinks more about bottom line than employees!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Database Administrator in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Database Administrator in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Their salaries were very competitive and probably higher than other employers. They encouraged learning among employees (cross training).

    Cons

    The fringe benefits were pathetic. You could get better health benefits on your own. The management was only concerned about making their manager's happy. Training was terrible and almost non-existant. The computer hardware they bought was old and compared to other contracts was sub-par.

    Advice to Management

    Success is nurtured at the bottom. If your people on the front lines are not happy you end result will be discontent and anarchy. If you only expect your management to make their senior management happy, that will happen at the demise of the company.


  2. "It is a clique"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Information Architect in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Information Architect in Plano, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They do have some good opportunities to learning new technologies and skills. Requesting days off were very easily accommodated. Benefits were pretty standard.

    Cons

    Very poor management and supervision. It reminds me of the cliques that were in high school. If you are not in the clique then you are outside. Personally witnessed several cases of favoritism and others claiming credit for work they did not perform. Supervision does not listen well to their employees in several cases I have witnessed.

    Advice to Management

    Management and superivision needs to take a strong look at how they conduct themselves. They should not show favoritism and they should listen to their employees. They need to remove the cliques that are rampant.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "EDS where the customer does not come first."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Performance Engineer in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Performance Engineer in Tulsa, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Working at EDS is better than Welfare.

    Cons

    Layoffs every quarter (literally) In the past 7 years that I have worked for EDS ther have been 24 layoffs. If your called back you have to take a 35% paycut if you accept. US Jobs are moving to Argentina and India as fast as possible. EDS contines to cut services to their customers who are paying for services because they do not have the manpower due to constant layoffs. Health benefits continue to deteriorate. Where we used to have a copay now there is a $1000.00 deductable to satisfy before the company pays anything. Its hard to take pride in your work anymore. You have to just get it done, no time to double check anything because there is so much work to do, just get it done and move on to the next issue.

    Advice to Management

    I would be interested to know what Senior Management thinks is the reason more and more customers are suing EDS. They need to start caring about the customer and not only the bottom line.


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  5. "Used to be a great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Large company with opportunities around the globe. If you're willing to take chances and travel for work, there's no limit to what you can accomplish. There is a strong network of support teams who are always available for consultation. There is a solid pipeline of work as new business is sold at a fast pace. Unfortunately, no one feels very confident that the pipeline will last as senior leadership decisions will be felt down the road.

    Cons

    Recently taken over by HP. Horrible senior leadership team who are each lining their pockets at the expense of the rank-and-file, and the long-term health of the company. Middle management appears to be frozen in fear as entire departments are eliminated. Extremely low morale throughout the company.

    Advice to Management

    They aren't open to advice. They clearly have a plan to gut the company to improve the short-term financial outlook. They will all be long gone when the long-term impact of their decisions is felt by the company.


  6. "The saying "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger" is not true for EDS."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Analyst in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Project Analyst in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Access to many very informative training programs
    - People are dedicated to their work
    - Coworkers can easily commiserate with how miserable you are in your job

    Cons

    - Most workforce in their 40's or older
    - Culture clash with HP, who recently bought EDS
    - Tools are manually intenseive and archaic
    - Focus is on processes and not results

    Advice to Management

    - Treat employees with more respect and not as a commodity
    - Increase diversity of thought & opinion amoung decision-makers


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Avoid at all costs"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    EDS has some redeeming qualities:
    VERY good work/life balance. I typically barely work 40hrs/wk. And honestly most of the day is not very intesne.
    Pretty generous vacation policy: I got 3 weeks off as a new hire. Even better if you can get on the GM account, tons of bonus vacation days.
    Workplace is not very competitve, If one cares at all and is remotely intelligent you can probably advance in your career.

    Cons

    Wow where to begin....

    Piss poor compensation. And going down. Within the past month a 5% cut, then another 10%. Plus Salary Freezes.
    Job cuts related to merger.
    Management consistently disrespects and devalues the employees.

    Would recommend this company to no one. Particularly new college graduates as the culture is very bad: everyone is 40-50 year old and boring.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a decent work environment and show the employees some respect when it comes to compensation.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Once a great place."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - No Longer in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - No Longer in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    EDS has a great rank and file employees who are dedicated to the job. It had the potential to be a great company.

    Cons

    EDS management is out of touch with their employees and makes knee jerk reactions in workforce reductions. This often leaves a few "good" employees having to carry much more responsibility than will occupy a 40 hour week. There is no transparency in management and in some cases, no visible management chain. Local management stays isolated in their offices.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management is seen as greedy and taking everything they can prior to their exit. There is no clear goal to create a great lasting organization where people are proud to work there.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Socially irresponsible. The off-shoring tactics of EDS are helping this recession turn into a possible depression."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Peers are solid. Pretty much every person I worked with was very professional and knowledgeable. The benefts started out as OK and slowly got worse over time (like every other company probably). Really the only reason to work for EDS is for a paycheck.

    Cons

    There is no future at this place. They have massive layoffs constantly and are off-shoring everything under the sun. Basically they are draining money right of the United States into foreign countries. There were many things they could have done to protect their employees even with the off-shoring but they chose to do none of the. I believe the upper managers the lowest quality leaders and the middle management just as bad. The bottom managers are decent leaders but many of them are clueless. I was unable to tell how some of them had their jobs but they still did. I'm guessing because of the poor middle management decision making.

    Advice to Management

    Like a single one will read this lol. You might want to try being a little more socially responsible. My entire team got laid off after training some off-shore guys to take over our jobs. We did an excellent job for EDS and our reward was a zero notice pink slip. The term you use for off shoring (Best shore) is extremely insulting to the U.S. personnel so you may want to take another look at that one. There are plenty of strategies you can use to reward your better performing employees and still off-shore your labor.

    Again though. Not a single one of them will even read this let alone take any of it to heart.


  10. "EDS may deliver on its commitments so that clients can deliver on theirs, but falls short on commitment to employees."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Communications Specialist in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Marketing Communications Specialist in Herndon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    EDS, an HP company, is very good at communicating with employees. Sure there are complaints that we receive too many corporate newsletters, emails, global broadcasts, etc. In the long run those forms of communication are necessary to keep employees aware of what's happening in a global company with 120,000+ employees. During the recent acquisition of EDS by Hewlett-Packard (August 2008), the senior management of both HP and EDS have been very open and communicative about what was happening. A website portal was launched immediately giving EDS employees an opportunity to delve even further into the ramifications of the acquisition--everything public related to the acquisition was put in a single location (press releases, internal broadcasts, transcripts of speeches, FAQs, email address to ask questions, etc.).

    Cons

    EDS still embraces the "good ole boy network." It's about who you know and not what you can do. There's very little opportunity for growth and advancement. Investment in employees' professional development is practically unheard of and subject to the whim (and budget) of the managers. Also, the concept of work/life balance at EDS is totally foreign. It's all about the bottom line and doing whatever it takes to get the job done regardless of personal sacrifices. Your job should come first in the eyes of senior management at EDS, with family and health way down on the list.

    Advice to Management

    At the heart of every great company is the mental, physical and spiritual well-being of its employees. Consideration and investment in your greatest resource--the employees--would be the greatest benefit you could provide to the people who work for EDS.


  11. "Stay away from EDS!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Infrastructure Analyst in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Infrastructure Analyst in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    To find out how not to treat employees.

    Cons

    Poor treatment of employees. As an example, the breavement policy for a parent is supposed to be three days off. Was told that the workload did not warrant that much time off (way too busy), and "your relative is dead anyway, so there is not much you can do." Vacations are frequently not permitted to be taken, with the future promise of extra time- but year end comes, and you cannot carry over vacation time.

    The latest with the acquisition of EDS by HP, besides the massive layoffs, is salary reductions in the 20% range, to match the India contractors.

    No money for office or bathroom supplies.

    No training; the excuse used by management is you must take training "within your job area", and when you find something along this line, there is no money.

    Advice to Management

    Quit treating employess so poorly.


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