IDS (International Decision Systems) - Long slow decline | Glassdoor
  1. Helpful (8)

    "Long slow decline"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IDS (International Decision Systems) full-time

    Pros

    There are some excellent employees and a lot of loyalty among a group that has been together for 10, 15, or more years. There is also a lot of flexibility related to work hours and working from home. Unfortunately this flexibility is more due to the lack of HR policy or any workforce management process, than it is any identifiable employee-centered policies.

    Cons

    There are no new customers coming in the door (when is the last time a new customer has signed on to use IDS products?) so the company focus is to look for new ways to pull revenue out of the same old shrinking customer base. This is a recipe for a long slow decline. Just ask any of those 10-20 year veterans and they'll tell you how big and dynamic the company used to be. The executive team spends much of their day... attending tactical meetings and there continues to be a lack of a strategic plan being built or executed on. Layoffs continue at a trickle and any employee with less than 5 years tenure is a potential casualty. Meanwhile, the long tenured veterans are used to seeing a continual parade of new executives so they simply duck and wait for current initiatives to pass as they wait out the inevitable next round of executive turn over. All of this creates an atmosphere where change happens slowly, if it happens at all. People are correct when they mention how busy it is. However this pace isn't due to the pains of a growing business. It is due to a stagnate or slowly shrinking base of employees trying to manage their work load in an atmosphere where costs are being managed so tightly things like technology and other time savors are being thrown to the curb in favor of old school busy work.

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    Advice to Management

    A business model centered on lowering costs and farming the same customers in hopes they continue to resist change (and competitors) will continue the long slow decline. Focus on strategy and finding ways to grow the customer base (perhaps by developing new products, not just upgrades to existing ones).

    IDS (International Decision Systems)2016-12-19

Other Employee Reviews

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IDS (International Decision Systems) full-time

    Pros

    Great daily work environment and company culture.

    Cons

    Nothing major, great place to work.

    IDS (International Decision Systems)2017-03-14
  2. Helpful (3)

    "IDS gives software companies a bad name - Customers and Employees don't matter"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Executive In Minneapolis, MN in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IDS (International Decision Systems) full-time

    Pros

    Aging but sticky customer base

    Cons

    No work life balance, no training, micro management by executive team. Customers and employees are viewed by executive team as a necessary evil.

    Advice to Management

    Management will not consider advice of customers or employees

    IDS (International Decision Systems)2019-01-29

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