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IDC (International Data Corporation) Reviews

Updated July 16, 2017
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Pros
  • Company is flexible with remote employment and values work/life balance (in 38 reviews)

  • Very flexible work from home program (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • Zero work life balance, no one values your dedication (in 8 reviews)

  • minimal direction from the senior management (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Not bad to start your career as market research analyst"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IDC (International Data Corporation) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Have a lot of opportunity to know the IT industry. Would be great if you are interested in this market. Great work life balance

    Cons

    Management is so so. Lots of politics. The company culture is very silo and quiet. Age group are more towards the mid 30 to mid 40

    Advice to Management

    Improve visibility and try to make everybody more involved in the life of the company


  2. "Depends on where you are in your career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Natick, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IDC (International Data Corporation) (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work Life Balance
    Strong client base offers opportunity to learn directly from clients

    Cons

    It is challenging to stay ahead of our clients as the technology markets are changing at an increasing pace. IDC would benefit from hiring more individuals who come from the client side and have lived through the past 6 years of dramatic IT evolution.
    Career growth is very dependent on the group in which you work. This is an analyst driven organization. If you are not in the analyst group - you may not be top priority.
    There are many strong employees operating at an autonomous, individual level. Management has not yet found a way to harness the strength of individuals in a way that could multiply their impact across the organization.
    Poor performing &/or individuals that are detrimental to the organization are not course-corrected effectively.

    Advice to Management

    Do our clients know more than we do?

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work - Young Professional Perspective"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Framingham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I have been at IDC for a little under a year. So far the experience has been great. While employees are largely very bright and well-educated, I have also found that employees generally operate with a great deal of respect towards one another. This has made for a wonderful working environment for someone who is early in their career and looking to learn.

    Benefits are great and location is great. Flexible work/life balance.

    Cons

    The company is decentralized so it can be difficult learning how to navigate your way around the different teams. Compounding this is the fact that there is very little on the job training which ends up falling on your manager and other team members. This being said, it can take a little while to get up to speed, especially if you are coming from another industry.


  4. "Solid company if you're on the right branch of the business"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IDC (International Data Corporation) full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very bright, good people working there. Management are good people too. Adults in the room, which is good. Quality service addressing the technical market.

    Cons

    Service portfolio addressing the mainstream market is thin. Poor marketing effort to assist the brand in this market. Ultimate leader underestimates and therefore under-resources the marketing effort. AS they say IDG is the biggest company no one's ever heard of. This translates to a difficult job for sales.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Framingham, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent work life balance
    Great for intro or wind-down parts of your career
    Interesting subject matter
    High-profile position
    Friendly co-workers

    Cons

    Mediocre pay
    No career development
    Ancient business model and processes
    Slow pace & non-existent change to market realities

    Advice to Management

    Inject some real leadership into the organization and shake things up. This is 2015 not 1995. When Lotus Notes is your email system you know something is up!


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Company's best days are behind it"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Manager in Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Research Manager in Framingham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - acceptable pay & benefits that skew towards the lower end of the range however you define it.
    - flexible work arrangements
    - colleagues are mostly congenial though company culture dictates a certain amount of competition which makes collaboration difficult.

    Cons

    There are many reasons not to consider IDC as a potential employer or a reason to leave it for that matter. Two general reasons come immediately to mind:

    1) reticence to change
    2) increasingly outdated business model.

    There are too many specifics to cover in this field but if you'd like to step back into the research days of yesteryear, perhaps IDC is the place for you. Management laziness / ineptitude and the internal politics of the company means change of the smallest variety is the exception and painful at best.

    As a result, IDC is a highly inefficient place where menial tasks are unnecessarily difficult because management refuses to acknowledge the opportunity costs and lost productivity that are the result of dated tools (expense reimbursement, information management) and processes. As one reviewer noted, poorly-designed organizational structure and processes does not equate to an entrepreneurial culture. It just means things take an unusually long time to get done.

    Also, good luck with career advancement which is an opaque process at best. Career progression usually happens in one of three ways:

    1) Backstabbing. Many that climb the IDC ladder, where rungs aren't always visible, have been known to do so by nefarious means.
    2) Attrition. Hang in there long enough and there's a good chance some exasperated soul in the lower to middle rungs of the company will run away screaming leaving an opening for some unfortunate soul.
    3) Leave and come back. Strangely, this is a celebrated part of IDC's stale culture. It's not unusual for talented people to rightly leave the company and come back after management wakes up to the fact the person or people in question were undervalued. If they bit their lips during their initial / previous stint with the company, management sometimes employs them again albeit at a higher level. (great way to encourage the rank and file to stay the course by the way).

    For a company that is purportedly global, IDC is embarrassingly U.S. and Framingham centric. To be fair, more attention is being paid by some in senior ranks to China and other higher growth markets (imagine!) as lower American growth has caught up to the company.

    IDC will exist so long as the brand is respected within the ranks of the old information technology vendor guard. But if IDC continues along its current path, employee attrition will rise and college students will learn about this once highly-respected company in 20 to 30 years time in the many great nearby business schools.

    Advice to Management

    Please take a look in the mirror. Are you serving the market as well as IDC did once upon a time? It is high time for senior management to augment if not overhaul the business model, create a widescale succession plan or risk the continuing slide into irrelevance.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Helping people use technology to change the world."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing private company culture. Great brand. Uncapped earnings and the ability to go wherever your talents and abilities take you - you see the benefits of your hard work. Innovative environment that supports people that take risks and try new things. Gives you the opportunity to fail. Well resourced. Lots of smart people and the worlds best companies for clients.

    Cons

    Sharp learning curve - global company that covers a lot of IT topics and has a lot of products. It can take a long time figure it all out. Lots of opportunities means that the work is never done - the expectations are reasonable, but no ones going to tell you not to go close more business. Driven company poised for growth - people like to work, not super social, no kegerators.

    Advice to Management

    Make it easier to collaborate across company units. Consider strategic acquisitions to increase capabilities and increase market share. Keep building and refining product lines. Is there a way to make research more sexy?

  8. "Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consulting Director in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Consulting Director in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IDC (International Data Corporation) full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    International experience providing advisory and consulting services to leading ICT companies globally.
    Opportunity for growth in the company. Provides a good platform for developing skills and expertise. Good atmosphere in the office. High level of professionalism overall throughout the company. Provides a number of professional training opportunities. Opportunities to participate in leading industry events.

    Cons

    Workload can often be overwhelming due to tight deadlines. Difficulties balancing work and personal time. Communication between groups could be improved to ensure better cooperation.

    Advice to Management

    Better support in terms of time management and resource planning. Management could do more to ensure better communication across the company.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to start off, then move on."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance - many people work from home at least one day a week and you get 18 days of paid time off the first year here.

    Cons

    Slow - slow to promote, slow to change. Complete opposite of a startup, fun environment. If you are young and like to have fun, stay away.

    Advice to Management

    Compensation isn't high enough for those starting off. Doesn't make sense that someone is getting paid twice as much as me for doing the same job just because they have been here forever.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Needs new leadership"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Director in Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Research Director in Framingham, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is an easy company to work for.

    Cons

    The company is not very organized. It is like over a thousand little P&L's. There is little to no way to get alignment or drive an overall business strategy.

    Advice to Management

    You need a new business model. The traditional analyst model is dying a slow death and you are not helping keep it alive.


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