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- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
I worked at IDC (International Data Corporation) full-timePros
There's a great sense of camaraderie among analysts that is truly collegiate and academic in nature.
There's is also a conscious effort to breathe in work life balance and they are generally supportive of your personal circumstance.
Great place to meet very senior executives which you would normally not have the opportunity to.
Fairly autonomous in management style - but that's not always a plus.Cons
Management - Seriously lacking in any sense of direction and purpose. Slow and reluctant to make any changes. In country management is just too distracted by whatever that is shiny and has no clear strategy or goal. Management in a whole needs a revamp and restructure. There are many who are in senior management that are just collecting paychecks and not brave enough to address the structural and performance issues at hand.
No training, on-boarding and development road map. You are basically made to sink or swim. No funds put aside for training and you are expected to be an expert in a certain technology by magically reading a couple of internal papers. Promotions are rare and there is precious little career paths.
Organisation is too sales oriented, the research agenda is solely driven by the sales team and abandons whatever to support the delivery of a project that is often badly scoped and priced. The organisations seems to continuously hire sales to outsell and allow the analysts to slug it out while being swamped with work.
Cost and not quality is how they gauge their staff. Overly reliant on junior analysts and outsourcing work to cheaper locations.
The flagship products are tired and riddled with inaccuracies. There is no system put in place for sense checking. Quality control that is often done in a regional level is only to ensure that the story is consistent, preferring to remain conservative and not addressing issue in the local market at hand. This is contrary to its ethos of having in country analysts being the subject matter experts.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Have a little more sense of direction and go back to basics. This is a research led organisation and investing in the people who produces the research in itself is the best selling tool.
Get rid of products that are tedious and time consuming. I understand it's a safety blanket but clients have grown out of it, and so should you.
Pay peanuts and get monkeys .Doesn't RecommendNegative OutlookDisapproves of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Application Details
I applied through college or university. The process took 5 days – interviewed at IDC (International Data Corporation).Interview Details
The interview was intended to be around an hour, ended up being longer. Very relaxed and passionate interviewers. Fun conversation, relaxed process.
They did not send me an email about their decision after the interview. I had to follow up myself, and got a response very quickly.Interview Questions
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- They asked if I had written similar reports in the past. Answer Question
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