The culture is a get it done culture with no regards to work-life balance.
Support from management
Target expectations were not realistic, although adequately explained. The actual implementations of the expected workload could only barely be met within the project timelines which mandated overtime for all efforts. Management was concerned with the push of the workloads using minimal staffing and not much concern to ensure employees had adequate knowledge transfer around the tasks.
Co-workers were very team oriented, but management was not always on the up and up with the staff.
Attitude towards older colleagues
It seemed like older individuals were not perceived as being quite as able as younger employees.
There was little to no training, minimal knowledge transfer, and expectation was entirely on the employee to share what they knew with co-workers and to learn on their own time.
Overall compensation for your work
Compensation was in line with other companies, albeit the out lay expectations from EDS was significantly greater than any 2 or 3 other jobs.
Office / Work Environment
The quality of equipment provided was latest technology. The work areas provided were comfortable and the environment was quiet and conducive for resolving issues.
Vacation day requests would be approved and then cancelled last minute 'due to project constraints'. The constraints turned out to be that the contract with the company was being terminated due to budget cut backs and EDS has a policy that they will not pay out unused accrued vacation time when they release staff (in this case the entire department). So the policy they displayed was that they revoked the ability to have vacation and then did not pay out on accruals.
The expectations of EDS management was above what most could handle and they would place two or three separate jobs on an individual with the expectation that they would simply put in extra time to accomplish the goal. Personally I have worked at companies that do occasionally have a push for double time or more during critical project points, but EDS is nonstop.
There was not much talk with employees around the image of the company and they did not leave me with a strong image of their company and politics.
There is zero job security with EDS. You produce and once you have completed what they need, you are typically released.
EDS really doesn't have this capability, the company that contracts with EDS will provide accessibility options.
Again this is provided by the contacting company.
When work effort was completed it was a breath of accomplishment. The work was challenging as to the unrealistic expectations placed on individuals.
Suggestions for improvement
- Become better focused on your employees, meet your obligations to them (training and compensation(PTO, OT comp, etc.)), train them on new areas that you wish for them to pursue. Make it a company that wants to retain top notch individuals and not one that simply wants to burn them out, throw them away and start over. You are missing great opportunity by retaining knowledgeable staff.
What I like about the company
The pay was in line with other employers for similar work and experience
What I dislike about the company
The time required to perform the workload is not inline with other companies. Complete lack of work-life balance and undo expectations for workloads. Lack of consistent communications from management and failure to acknowledge approved vacations time and payout accrued time at release when contract prematurely ended.