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International Data Group Reviews

Updated October 8, 2017
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  • There also isn't much room for growth (in 3 reviews)

  • The business units don't interact enough (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Sales Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Framingham, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at International Data Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great compensation and people. Large company with high visibility in tech publishing world.

    Cons

    The business units don't interact enough. Information not shared readily.

    Advice to Management

    Solicit more feedback from your employees. They are great resources.


  2. "Finance"

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    Former Employee - Finance in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Finance in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at International Data Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, healthy environment , great benefits

    Cons

    no room to growth in the company

  3. "Clueless management"

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

    I worked at International Data Group full-time

    Pros

    Good health insurance, if a bit expensive.

    Cons

    Zero opportunity for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house.


  4. "Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep"

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

    I worked at International Data Group full-time

    Pros

    Great global technology media, data and marketing legacy that has the potential to pivot and survive if the right choices are made. Most of the seasoned people remaining are still awesome to work with. Great (past) reputation in the marketplace as a forward thinking media company that has survived the publishing downturn. Enjoyed going to work every day. A great place for younger people to work to understand the broader tech industry before they jump to sales or marketing for a SaaS start-up.

    Cons

    IDG's original corporate values formed the basis for how we operated and people were treated--that is no more. Many great managers have left the building, taking with them the intellectual capital and spirit that helped the company evolve over the past 15 years. Company backs away from strategic data partnerships and acquisitions that could help it advance its evolution. Leadership is not transparent--CEO talks about innovation but very little investment. Benefits are solid but costs are creeping up quickly. Layoffs are always imminent behind the scenes. The jury's out on what the new Chinese owners will do with the business.

    Advice to Management

    So many things...


  5. "Great Benefits"

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    Former Employee - Accounting Assistant in Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - Accounting Assistant in Framingham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits. Most companies don't have these type of benefits anymore.

    Cons

    Company is being bought out


  6. "Sales Operations Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Framingham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    My manager Lee was amazing. She was fair, she wasn't afraid to get in the trenches with us, she delegated tasks fairly. Since leaving I've compared all of my managers to her and unfortunately, I have not had one who compares.

    Cons

    None I can think of

    Advice to Management

    Operations team rocked!


  7. "No vision, short-term thinking"

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    Former Employee - Senior Editor in Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Editor in Framingham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some flexibility in trying new things or innovating, as long as it produced results quickly.

    Co-workers were excellent, professional.

    Cons

    No long-term vision. Short-term goals (driving page views, profits, etc.) were always preferred. Layoff-mindset to produce profits instead of growth investing.

    Advice to Management

    Find a CEO who can grow the company instead of hack-and-slash to maintain profitability.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Anonymous"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at International Data Group full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, work/life balance flexibility, benefits, and amazingly intelligent people.

    Cons

    Company is drifting away from its original core values and is seemingly losing its way in terms of recognizing and retaining top talent. Upward career movement is entirely possible as they love to promote from within, but it can be difficult to navigate and slow to be implemented.

    Advice to Management

    Remember the values that Patrick McGovern envisioned when he started this company. The biggest room in the house is the room for improvement.


  9. "Great Culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at International Data Group full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work, good benefits. A company that fosters work/life balance

    Cons

    work-space could use a refresh


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Did not have an organized plan"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at International Data Group full-time

    Pros

    Nice enough people at the time

    Cons

    The business plans from the higher-ups were chaotic, amorphous, and constantly evolving. Lots of turnover in leadership back then.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a plan, select some metrics of success, and stick to it.


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