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IDC (International Data Corporation) Reviews

Updated August 11, 2017
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Pros
  • Company is flexible with remote employment and values work/life balance (in 39 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. "VP Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at IDC (International Data Corporation) full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work/life schedule, mostly nice people, global environment

    Cons

    Lack of strategic vision, limited career development, lower salary, good benefits

    Advice to Management

    Invest in employees to increase retention


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

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    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.

  3. "Insight"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to hear about cutting edge companies

    Cons

    too many cycles spent in territorial arguments (research areas)

    Advice to Management

    Technology Research is ripe for disruption. Accept it and work towards it.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Analyst"

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    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!


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Very change averse culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IDC (International Data Corporation) full-time

    Pros

    The company is very decentralized, so within your area, there can be opportunities for autonomy, but if depends where you are. There is flexibility given on hours and working from home. At least in my area, management mostly leaves you alone to do your job.

    Cons

    Making changes in the company feels impossible as the culture is extremely risk averse and resistant to any kind of change.
    The analysts are perceived as being all important. Employees in any other role are definitely second class.
    The work/life balance is extremely skewed in many areas, due to layoffs and people left handling multiple work loads.
    There is no clear path for career advancement. It seems to be very ad hoc and dependent on your manager/department/who you know and not on true ability.

    Advice to Management

    The world is changing, and changing fast. Get on board and embrace it, or join the dinosaurs. Value your support roles. They're the ones that keep it all together.


  6. "Great Place to begin career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, interesting work for beginners and a lot of learning. No training provided.

    Cons

    No career growth , no rewards

    Advice to Management

    Career growth opportunties


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Company's best days are behind it"

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    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.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Sales Representative"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working with C-level executives of the top ICT companies.

    Cons

    Unstable business atmosphere, negative perception of the sales role.

    Advice to Management

    Plan better and increase job stability


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Helping people use technology to change the world."

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    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?


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Not a bad place to work, but definitely not one of the best"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working here affords most a decent work/life balance (depending on your manager). There are good benefits, generous PTO and some good people to work with.

    Cons

    Poor upper management, no training upon hire (it is basically sink or swim), no defined career ladder -- promotions are based on the whim of your manager. Because the company is privately held, there are many things that are allowed to let slide. Meetings are not very motivational or encouraging. There is a very "old-school" mentality and a feeling of condescension moving down the ranks. Biggest issue is lack of structure/organization in general.

    Advice to Management

    Work to retain the good employees. It seems like inevitably the most talented and intelligent individuals leave to go elsewhere because of the lack of structure and the lack of career opportunities. There is the sense that everyone is expendable, despite tenure or successful past performance.


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