Electronic Data Systems

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Electronic Data Systems Reviews

Updated 25 September 2014
Updated 25 September 2014
647 Reviews
3.0
647 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexibility and Dependability and work from home option (in 18 reviews)

  • Good company and work/life balance (in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor senior management & executive leadership during my time at EDS (in 36 reviews)

  • Upper management and lack of strong sales (in 24 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Flexible hours and family friendly

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Electronic Data Systems as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours and family friendly

    Cons

    Low pay travel from schooling

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was good outsourcing company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Electronic Data Systems full-time

    Pros

    lots of opportunities provided to improve career path

    Cons

    no specific reason to find for cons

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Loss of a gret agnostic IT service provider

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Architect in Adelaide
    Former Employee - Architect in Adelaide

    I worked at Electronic Data Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Best of breed solutions, great teams, leveraged knowledge?
    Opportunities to develop a career due to the diversity of clients and solutions.

    Cons

    Company undertook some poor contracts leading to the loss of market position and enabling takeover by HP. Resulted in a loss flyover nance and overhead position as they cut costs to make the balance shheets to look good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None, they are gone.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Typical big American Company in Australia

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Canberra
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Canberra

    I worked at Electronic Data Systems

    Pros

    Access to a lot of information for project management.
    Opportunity to progress if you fit in.
    Discount stock purchases were available.

    Cons

    Lacked quality senior managers.
    Lack of staffing for project teams always an issue.
    Internal processes for financial approvals delayed projects.
    Pay is always an issue.
    HP acquisition expected to make matters worse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The acquisition by HP can make matters worse or a lot better. Find the talented experienced outsource managers and work with them to make the outsourced business services a place people want to work. If you introduce the HP way it wont work.

    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Your first and third job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney

    I worked at Electronic Data Systems

    Pros

    Commited to training and upskilling employees.
    Opportunity for advancement if you know where to look.
    Looks good on a resume.
    Great colleagues.

    Cons

    Low pay relative to comparable positions in other companies. Pay increases designed to keep employees, not reward performance. The way to get reasonable salaries at EDS is to leave and return after 6 months to the same or better job at the current market rate. It's well known on the inside that EDS should be your first and third job... don't wait it out for the salary you deserve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the low morale

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Honest feedback

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Associate
    Current Employee - Information Associate

    I have been working at Electronic Data Systems

    Pros

    People within the workplace, good working environment, professional and laid back atmosphere.
    Opportunities for professional growth, job variation within team.
    Training and certification are part of day to day growth.
    Flexibility of working hours and leave time.
    Team very supportive of new employees, mentoring helps with career development.
    Compensation for any shiftwork or oncall is appropriate.

    Cons

    No pathways for employees to gain salary review.
    No communication from senior management regarding company wide issues and changes.
    Enterprise Bargaining Agreement does not allow communication between staff of salary and renumeration packages.
    No communication of what pay scale is applicable to your job code.
    No real reward for overtime (extra pay, flexi time etc)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More communcation regarding company changes
    More staff team building exercises (such as dinners, BBQs etc)
    The knowledge of your own pay scale applicable to relevant job codes.

    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Once a fine company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Sydney
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Sydney

    I worked at Electronic Data Systems

    Pros

    Large client engagements and complex projects.

    Cons

    Poor business model, poor client service, lack of values, bad managers promoted, excessive bureaucracy and defensiveness. This was a company that obsessed over a $400 air ticket but wasted hundreds of thousands of dollars on a project that was supposed to deliver "synergies". Unsurprisingly there were no such synergies, the project was a complete failure and no-one was held accountable. I also found that there was a total disconnect between the sales function (remunerated purely on the basis of sales dollars) and the project delivery teams (who then had to try to make the project profitable when the price had been chiselled down to meet the client's lowball expectation).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out what business you're in and then re-tool the company to serve only the profitable segments

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Need to focus on getting the leadership right and respected

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Delivery Manager in Adelaide
    Former Employee - Technical Delivery Manager in Adelaide

    I worked at Electronic Data Systems

    Pros

    Good opportunities to learn best practice in technology through challenging engagements. I joined in the 1990's which was a boom time to be in IT and very rewarding through remuneration, bonuses were aplenty.

    Cons

    An egocentric CEO who chased bonuses at the expense of long term profitable business combined with the the tech wreck hit of the early 21st century led to a company with no money and a serious morale problem. Present day EDS has not recovered and has a culture that does not walk the talk when dealing with staff. Middle Management try hard to engage staff but the rhetoric from on high doesn't cut it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get engaged with the staff

    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    EDS is a toxic, dysfunctional deadend.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Services Analyst Advanced in Sydney
    Current Employee - Business Services Analyst Advanced in Sydney

    I have been working at Electronic Data Systems

    Pros

    It's marginally better than being unemployed.

    Cons

    The constant fear of having your job sent off to India is a destabalising and debilitating influence that destroys productivity and staff morale.
    There will always be a reason to not give you a pay rise. Be prepared to lose purchasing power each year as your salary stagnates.
    The tools and processes you are expected to use daily cause mind numbing frustration and loss of productivity.
    You must be a "yes man" to get ahead.
    Constant cost cutting eg freeze on purchasing stationery.
    Bullying by management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to be true leaders, by investing in your staff which will fix the company long term.
    Stop concentrating on your own remuneration packages and realise the company is dieing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Solid experience at a top IT Services company, but quality of experience tends to vary for most

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Sydney
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Sydney

    I have been working at Electronic Data Systems

    Pros

    Depending on where you sit, you could have great people care managers who are understanding and make great difference to your work life. Generally competent people at the execution level. Some top notch visionaries. Wealth of information.

    Cons

    Not good at sharing information. Struggling with a general consultative approach, both internally and externally. Seems lost in trying to figure out how to stay competitive in the near future. HP deal causing confusion amongst staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers should try to understand their people by at least spending some time with them. People are not numbers.

    Disapproves of CEO

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