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  1. Poor management and unreasonable expectations

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IBM full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay and good benefits. Depending on the project you may have flexibility to work from home some days.

    Cons

    Many managers were disrespectful and unprofessional. No boundaries (calls from managers all day/evening and work almost every weekend). Must record your time, for every 15 minutes, every day. Must work a minimum of 45 hours a week. Must meet annual billable hour rates which can be unreasonable if you are in between projects and cannot bill hours. Part of annual review is how much "give back" (e.g, community service) you did outside of work hours. Must have at least 40 hours of education credits each year (again, time spent outside of regular workday on new learning which takes away from your billable rate/calculation). Many

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good compensation will not retain employees (see current high turnover rate for Washington DC federal IBM consultants). Managers must be trained to be better people managers and take interest in their employees. Managers must learn to be respectful of employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Company Review

    Current Employee - Service Delivery Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Service Delivery Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to learn
    Flexible work timings

    Cons

    Bad compensation
    lack of vision among manages

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Freedom the job gives you.. I worked for STG.

    Cons

    Lay off when you are not looking! FINISHED 2013 AT 260% of my plan then lay off in April.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change!!!!!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Agile? I think not!

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    There is a good deal of knowledge to be gained since there are some really intelligent people working here. However, there are also a bunch of over-educated not so intelligent folks here as well.

    Cons

    Trying to become "Agile" in their development methodology will only work if they have their teams on the same continent, maybe even in the same time zone. It is very difficult to be agile when one piece of the product is waiting on work that is in a timezone with 12 or 13 hours difference. Only then to find out that the apis you thought were locked down changed in the middle of your night, now your code does work and it is your issue to deal with. But there is no buffer built in to allow for this so you need to spend all hours of the evening fixing this and working 16 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop throwing out buzzwords and treating people as if they were just plug-and-play pieces. Don't assign a project to somebody and then ask them why they haven't completed in a day, when they explained they don't even know that piece of the technology yet.

    Oh, stop having these stupid layoffs when you know we are hurting for human resources to do the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Inside Sales

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales
    Current Employee - Inside Sales

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    The ONLY pros of this job is that the benefits are good if you don't require much. The high deductible medical plan is $0. I hear it sky rockets when you need a legitimate plan, or have dependents, though. The majority of the sales team are good, upbeat, kind people to be around. The operative word being majority.

    Cons

    There is politics everywhere, however... this brand in particular, which will remain nameless is ALL politics, to the point where it seems unlawful. People's friends with 0 sales experience getting hired, undeserved promotions, laying off individuals who were key performers based off their personal feelings toward them. The management team here is of no help. I asked my manager to help get me in touch with appropriate personnel to satisfy a customer to get a deal done, he sighed and suggested we just tell the customer to screw. This is a SALES manager?! Not once has my manager offered up valuable advice, or suggested he join my calls, or escalate issues that I need him involved in with a sense of urgency. He does a spectacular job of filling out an excel spreadsheet of all the work other people do, too. The joke of IBM standing for "I'm By Myself" in this organization is not a joke. I have never been more miserable or felt like I was working with an incapable boys club in my entire career. I feel dooped, I have not come anywhere close to hitting my on target earnings due to the absolute ridiculous, unattainable quotas put in place. It's an inside job, but at "manager discretion" a couple of people work from home, while the rest of us get a slap on the wrist if we go out for lunch. How are they "watching" these work from home folks? How is this fair? This is the worst job I've had in my entire life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to us little people, open your eyes and see what is going on around here! A manager collecting 50k worth of referral bonuses for unqualified hires is FRAUD. Promote deserving individuals. Don't leave it in the hands of lower management to decide a strong performer should be laid off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    A business that spends more time fighting internally of who is responsible for what than actually accomplishing work.

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    Current Employee - Windows Systems Engineer in Columbia, MO
    Current Employee - Windows Systems Engineer in Columbia, MO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The overtime was nice when it was available.

    Cons

    There are yearly ratings for each person in each team. Each team has a bell curve. You can be a hair lower in experience or progress compared to your peers and end up being graded poorly. Which results in no bonus. This is a very unfair system.

    Depending on what account you work on, you could be applied to no overtime, oncall rotation, and in the cross fire between teams. Again, there is more arguing of who does what and whose problem it is than actually going ahead and doing the work. Just about every little adjustment requires a change that can take anywhere between 24 hours to a week to be approved before you can do said change.

    Moving up in the company can also be very difficult. At the time I came in and later laid off, openings on my account were non-existent. Those with experience mostly held their jobs.

    Training was non-existent and you learned as you went.

    Last, the company seems to be laying off people at random. Regardless of how much you worked or not. You can have a really good or average PBC and still be laid off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to stand up to upper management in decisions. Lay offs are not the answer to all the problems.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Not a great place to be a strategy and change consultant

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    Former Employee - Strategy and Change Consultant
    Former Employee - Strategy and Change Consultant

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    I was on the road constantly and often was living outside the US - which for me was a great way to see the world

    Cons

    Most of the work that was done was focusing on selling their software, not really focusing on the strategic issues. I was often told to lie to clients about the amount and type of experience I had to get on projects as IBM's priority is to maximize revenue and they do so by pitching staff at a higher level than they actually are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train and provide support to all leaders. There are many poor ones who continue to generate revenue in deceitful ways and take advantage of their staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Long hours, helps who you know in the hierarchy.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Computer Programmer
    Former Employee - Computer Programmer

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Can learn a lot of new technology. When not traveling, more flexible schedule. Employees are extremely intelligent and you are part of a team when you're on assignment.

    Cons

    Considering the amount of hours you have to work a week, between traveling and on site work, the compensation is not that great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more career guidance; not just during review time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Jury out

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    The team members will push through to get a job done and deliver exceptional results. Some of the smartest people I have worked with during my career. If you are aligned politically you can flourish but if you say the wrong thing to a manager you are done.

    Cons

    Very low morale. Some very good employees have not had raises in years but the significant toll on morale is due to the threat, and delivery, of monthly of layoffs. As a manager told me, "It's not what you know, it is who you know". Managers move up and the "worker bees" are being let go. Last week 2 of the best performers I have known were let go. Perhaps it is because they were well paid and over 50.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. Exchange admin

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    it's a shame ...it's a shame ..it's a shame ..it's a shame

    Cons

    IBM should take care of their staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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