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Updated Jun 11, 2014
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IBM CEO Virginia Rometty

Virginia Rometty

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    Smart people and good for resume, but not a great experience

    Consultant (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsThe people I work with are really smart. Great for the resume, as IBM is a pretty well respected company. My coworkers have left for great tech companies and top 5 business schools. Good benefits (but getting worse).

    ConsHard to get recognition for good work. You're only as good as your PBC rating (IBM's end of year rating system), which can get pretty political and bureaucratic. Management is out of touch with employees and how they feel about the company. People at my level are VERY negative about IBM. Lots of turnover. In Public Sector you can get stuck on a project forever (I've been on the same one for my entire time at IBM and would have to burn a lot of bridges to get off of it, if I even could). 401K matching once a year is bad for employees. Do not feel connected to company as a whole. Management is out of touch with how employees feel about the company. Hard to motivate for IBM's success when the company doesn't give bonuses or raises for people who are supposedly performing well. After almost two years here, and performing very well according to all of my evaluations, I am actually making LESS money than when I started when you consider inflation and the fact that company healthcare costs have gone up.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop making the entire focus of the company to increase earnings per share. Your employees are a great asset, and, from what I can see, you're losing a lot of the good ones by not making them feel like "just a number." Sending out emails about our "practices" is not enough to make employees enthusiastic about IBM.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Name on resumes but disappointing working experience.

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsGreat name to have on a resume.

    ConsConsultants are only viewed as billable seat with no real opportunities to develop. There's a great disconnect between the marketing pitch and the reality of how IBMers are treated.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop what you're doing. It not working.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Lost in a deep BLUE abyss

    Human Resources Leader (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsVery smart people, with deep personal and professional commitment, who remain blissfully unaware that they will have no future.

    ConsOne of the most depressing, alarmingly arrogant and confused IT companies in the world. Acting like wolves, hunting in small packs, they eventually run out of food and are then forced to eat their own kind. Greed remains the key motivation for leadership, who will seemingly stop at nothing to best a colleague, weaken a partner or flip a customer. Reckless outsourcing of American jobs for low paid, often unqualified personnel in so called “growth markets”. Stay away from this work environment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBring back the H in HR?
    Work with, not against your people resources
    Get a plan for the future
    Clean out the top of the business, not the people who actually perform.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Wallmart of Tech Consulting

    Senior Management (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsFederal Consulting only:
    1. Large programs with national significance.

    Cons1. Pay is crap.
    2. No annual raises - even inflation raises. COLA adjustments don't occur.
    3. 12% bonus potential mentioned before getting the job is a fallacy. You will never even get 5%. If you get rated a 1 (best), good luck in getting 3%.
    4. The way IBM GBS is setup in the public sector, it actually incentivizes one to become a 1099 and work with IBM. In fact - it is great as a subK.
    5. Strong smart IBMers leave - unless they're paid well or are IBMers from the "Old Blue".
    6. Most IBMers I know have almost never received a raise. In years!

    Advice to Senior Management1. End the rack and stack GM performance evaluation methodology.
    2. Nickel and Diming your employees may increase your PE ratio, but your employees actually don't actually feel proud being an IBMer. That is the tragedy.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Overworked but well paid

    Project Manager (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsGreat salary and benefits
    Great people
    Good work flexibility

    ConsConstant dumping of workload on people as they fire thousands
    Expectations are undeliverable
    Pressure to deliver is unrealistic
    Internal competition is off the charts
    Very little chance for advancement unless you are cut throat

    Advice to Senior Management-Give people a realistic schedule that they can meet and make the Personal Business Commitments something that can be achieved, instead of a way to penalize people, when you weren't giving them a high rating anyway, because you don't have any to give.
    -Bring back a sense of community and loyalty in teams.
    -People should not constantly fear for their jobs, it makes it hard to be productive.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Washington, DC

    ProsThere are lots of opportunities to be exposed to different technologies if you have a great people network to be able to jump between projects.

    ConsEvery year there will be different goal or focus area, and most of them are in addition to what you expected or your job description. Performance review process is always on need-to-know base, and most of the time you have to go through a complex petition in order to have a reasonable compensation adjustment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUnderstand the technologies and methodologies will truly enable yourself to manage your employees and tasks and set up expectation.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It really is a sweatshop.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsI can't think of too many - the pay is just OK for the area,

    Cons-frequent layoffs keep the workforce terrorized
    - utilization targets effectively negate any vacation benefits - all time off must be made up
    -promotions are almost impossible to come by, and if one does get promoted, then one is penalized for being "too expensive" for new projects

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of several layers of management so that the utilization targets are obtainable without burning out the staff. Stop the constant layoffs.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Talent is poor

    Senior Managing Consultant (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsLots of opportunity to learn: Business and Technical

    ConsThe talent at GBS is very poor.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    was a great company, not any more

    Field Sales Engineer (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    Prosmanagement used to listen to employees

    Consmgt doesn't listen to employees any more, just focused on quarterly targets.

    Advice to Senior Managementlisten to employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Penny Wise - Pound Foolish

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsThere are a core of excellent and incredibly skilled professionals employed within IBM. There are also an incredible set of well skilled and experienced business partners who can put the IBM solutions to work.

    ConsThere appears to be little if any balance between long term growth and quarterly results. With the recent Resource Action (i.e., LAYOFF) many essential people and roles were eliminated. One of the most extreme and ludicrous examples was the recent elimination of its Small Business Program Office in the IBM US Federal Organization - at a time that the US Government has declared its increased and expanded focus on small business content in federal acquisitions of solutions (products and services). Not exactly the right message to the government and even more negative to the small businesses who could think about working with IBM ... "the baby went out with the bathwater with this decision".

    Advice to Senior ManagementWith the self proclaimed clout that IBM has - it should attempt to rise above the quarterly death march for numbers and take a world leadership position changing the measure of what a successful organization for the future should be like. Beating on people to sell things vs. solving problems is not the formula for success.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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