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8 days ago

Watson - Software Developer

IBM Redwood City, CA

Practical Extraction And Reporting Language (PERL) / Python skills are preferred. Required • Bachelor's Degree • At least… IBM

8 days ago

Software Engineer

IBM Foster City, CA +2 locations

IBM Commerce is looking for Software Engineer to play a significant role in transforming an existing set of Software as a Service (SaaS) products… IBM

14 days ago

Senior Cloud Software DevOps Lead

IBM Foster City, CA

This role is part of a new developer experience technical team that will drive the use of a new platform for the IBM developer. The candidate must be… IBM

13 days ago

Bluemix Software Developer

IBM Foster City, CA

• Architect and develop a state of the art next generation platform that will change how customers will build software applications in the future… IBM

13 days ago

Data Scientist

IBM Foster City, CA

The candidate will play a key role in helping the team to define, research, and develop new statistical models that will be integrated into our… IBM

19 days ago

Staff Software Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer

IBM Foster City, CA

IBM seeks to hire a Staff Software Quality Assurance. As an IBM Software Developer, the candidate will use the latest tools and technologies… IBM

21 days ago

Application / Infrastructure Architect

IBM Foster City, CA

Now we want to bring the best of breed outsourcing skills, to the best of breed cloud infrastructure and to do that we need talented, motivated… IBM

30+ days ago

Optimization Scientist

IBM Foster City, CA

IBM is looking for an Optimization Scientist that will be responsible for architecting and implementing the mathematical optimization models for… IBM

30+ days ago

Oracle Database (DB) Porting and Certification Technical Consultant

IBM Foster City, CA

1. Execute Oracle Database Certifications 2. Document results of Certification projects 3. As needed, create Oracle DB Cloud proof of concepts… IBM

30+ days ago

Product Manager

IBM Foster City, CA

, a Product Manager leads a cross-functional team. Typically, however, none of the team members report directly to the Product Manager. A Product… IBM

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

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    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 Management

    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.

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