Electronic Data Systems Reviews

Updated 26 January 2016
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Pros
  • Great work life balance was a plus (in 16 reviews)

  • There are many good people and we have a lot of fun working together (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance was difficult (in 14 reviews)

  • Lots of long hours and hard work (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Loss of a gret agnostic IT service provider"

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    Former Employee - Architect in Adelaide
    Former Employee - Architect in Adelaide
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    None, they are gone.


  2. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Electronic Data Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good team environment and supportive management

    Cons

    poor connection between sales and delivery teams


  3. Helpful (1)

    "It was good outsourcing company"

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    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


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  5. "Typical big American Company in Australia"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Canberra
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Canberra
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  6. "Honest feedback"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Information Associate
    Current Employee - Information Associate
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  7. "Once a fine company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Sydney
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  8. "Need to focus on getting the leadership right and respected"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Delivery Manager in Adelaide
    Former Employee - Technical Delivery Manager in Adelaide
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Get engaged with the staff


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

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Sydney
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Sydney
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "It could be better"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Adelaide
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Adelaide
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    EDS are flexible with their employees and allow a good level of self management.

    Cons

    Changing things is akin to trying to turn the Titanic round in a swimming pool. Not exactly keeping up with the local market place pay rates. Lacks innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Give more freedom to innovate, relax the controlling grip and get to understand the grass roots issues of working at EDS and trying to get things done easily. Look at the wasted money through the red tape and ridiculous processes


  11. "Middle managemetn is killing EDS especially where they treat their people as objects not the knowledge workers they are."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst Senior in Sydney
    Current Employee - Business Analyst Senior in Sydney
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging work Exceptionally talented people Fast paced High pressured Pertinent experience

    Cons

    Lack of creativity Financial statement managers Continual change often returning to what didn't work No long term planning Mercenary and poor people leadership Limited opportunity unless you are part of the old boys network

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your people. They're mostly exceptional. Give them the opportunity to succeed and trust them. The wealth of talent in the company is mostly disenfranchised by the lack of care and lack of knowledge their leaders exhibit about them as individuals. Clear out your middle management layers as the don't allow information and ideas to pass either up or down. Use the good processes more and as a guide rather than a paint by numbers methodology. Currently they're being used as an excuse rather than an enabler. Focus on



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