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IDC (International Data Corporation) President and CEO Kirk S. Campbell
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    Great door opener but lacks any form of leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sydney
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney

    I worked at IDC (International Data Corporation) full-time

    Pros

    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 Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

IDC (International Data Corporation) Interviews

Updated 17 Jul 2014
Updated 17 Jul 2014

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    Editor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 days - interviewed at IDC (International Data Corporation).

    Interview Details

    Chaotic; two-day process involving:
    Day 1: turn up and wait 20 mins for someone to open the door; have an informal chat; sit a rather easy exam.
    Day 2: more waiting outside the door; even longer waiting as the person you are to see is over an hour late; 5 min chat and then offered the job.

    Interview Questions
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    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

IDC (International Data Corporation) Awards and Accolades

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Global Analyst Firm of the Year, Institute of Industry Analyst Relations, 2012

Additional Info

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Website www.idc.com
Headquarters Framingham, MA
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Operated By IDG
Founded 1964
Type Subsidiary or Business Segment
Industry Business Services
Revenue $100 to $500 million (AUD) per year

You can learn all about IT with the the help of IDC. IDC (International Data Corporation) is one of the world's leading providers of market research data and advisory services focused on the technology industry. It offers research in more than 110 countries on a wide array of software and hardware sectors, as well as insights on companies providing business process outsourcing, consulting, and other technology support services. IDC also offers ongoing advisory services, custom research, and consulting services. It produces a number of conferences and other events focused... More

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