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2 days ago

Aspera Technical Product Manager - Software as a Service (SaaS) – new

IBM Emeryville, CA

The Technical Product Manager Software as a Service (SaaS) position is a newly created role at Aspera. This position will have a tremendous influence… IBM

12 days ago

Aspera Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer - Web Apps

IBM Emeryville, CA

In short you will be ensuring that our web applications have great usability and are as bug free as possible. Take ownership for one or more of our… IBM

11 days ago

Software Engineer - Dev-Test

IBM Emeryville, CA

In this position, you will play a substantial role in the continuous engineering and infrastructure automation initiatives that drive both the… IBM

13 days ago

Aspera Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer - Client Applications

IBM Emeryville, CA

In short you will be ensuring that our applications have great usability and are as bug free as possible. In a little more detail the position will… IBM

20 days ago

Advanced Software Solutions Engineer

IBM Emeryville, CA

In addition, you'll help create and manage application solutions with a focus on building and managing a portfolio of business applications (and not… IBM

2 days ago

Systems Engineer - Deployment – new

IBM Emeryville, CA

As a Systems Engineer in Deployment you will plan, execute and test customer deployments of Aspera transport, collaboration and management… IBM

2 days ago

Demand Programs Professional – new

IBM Emeryville, CA

This position will support the recent Aspera acquisition. The Demand Programs professional will have responsibility for program and campaign planning… IBM

2 days ago

Aspera Core - Senior Software developer, Systems C/C++ – new

IBM Emeryville, CA

Aspera, and IBM company is the creator of next-generation transport technologies that move the worlds data at maximum speed regardless of file size… IBM

2 days ago

Aspera Integration Release Manager – new

IBM Emeryville, CA

This role will be the Release Manager working with the Aspera acquisition as they go through the integration into IBM. This role requires someone… IBM

10 days ago

Aspera Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer - Web Applications

IBM Emeryville, CA

We are seeking a highly motivated engineer to join our software testing team. What you will be doing: Take ownership for the manual, automation… IBM

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    Current Employee - Advisory Engineer  in  Hopewell Junction, NY
    Current Employee - Advisory Engineer in Hopewell Junction, NY

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


    Disclaimer: A lot of what I'm writing below of course depends on the work area and management chain. But I found this to be fairly pervasive policies in IBM in my 9+ years with the company.
    1. IBM's policies and management are very flexible when it comes to working remotely or accommodating various life situations (sick days, doctor visits, etc.). Management is encouraged to measure an employee by their work and impact, and not by hours spent at their office.
    2. Great colleagues! Though unfortunately, many have been leaving due to the instability of IBM's HW development business.
    3. At least in my area, there's a high level of flexibility on which projects should I undertake based on my and my management assessment of business impact.


    1. Unfortunately, IBM still uses the "normal distribution" rating system, where at the end of the year each employee is ranked as a top contributor (5%), above average contributor (15%), average contributor (~75%), and bottom contributor (5%). This curve is difficult to apply in the R&D world, where you may have many members of the team working long and hard hours, and end up being "average contributors" at the end of the year, because there just isn't room for all to be top contributors.

    2. The above may not be so disturbing, if only IBM didn't practically cancelled all raises, performance bonuses and incentive for the non top-performers. I've had a consistent "above average" rating in the last 4-5 years, and my raise and performance bonus were ridiculous mere 1.5-2% of my salary. Were I rated "average contributor" I would have gotten NOTHING. So you can imagine that people can go year after year without any raise to their salary.

    From talking to manager friend, this is IBM's way to eliminate the non-top-performers without having to fire them, as part of its direction of reducing US manpower.

    3. Hiring freeze in many areas - again, as part of IBM's attempt to reduce its workforce across North America and Europe we see many jobs move to the India and Far East markets. This is of course upsetting to see local teams shrink and disappear, especially when many great local IBM colleagues and experts begin to drop out. From my experience thus far working with India SW teams - they are still very far away from the standards I would have expected from US and Europe based teams.

    4. Poor top down communication about company's and divisions' future. Employees learn from rumors and news websites what's about to come...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management must keep in mind that it today's world, which is saturated with brilliant companies that hire top talent, IBM must remain competitive to attract great talent and hold on to it. In the meanwhile, we're seeing the opposite trend, where great people leave IBM for other companies, be it because of a more competitive package, dropping morale and many other reasons.

    Neutral Outlook