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Good Experiences with ample opportunity, could use help with communication between divisions

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Somers, NY
Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Somers, NY

Pros

Work life balance is great but to get ahead you need to put in the extra hours. The finance arm is full of smart, very analytic, process driven people. The company structure was designed by very smart people so there can be trust in these processes. The company is very gracious with it's benefits including luncheons, after hours, and discounts on the services IBM buys from other companies. There are seminars that give different success stories within the company showing the different ways to become successful given all the opportunities that are available, this makes career guidance easier. IBM also puts a lot of trust in it's employees weighting them with a lot of responsibility but giving the flexibility to try new things. Internal development programs are great, though they must be done at your own fruition.

Cons

Overall company structure can be confusing, it is not so much a matrix as a 'pyramid'. Your experience can vary greatly based on your management but based on experiences of my colleagues it is fair to say that feedback is poor and needs to be beaten out of your superiors and when you do get it, it is vague and you feel like they are holding back real thoughts. Also communication between arms is very tough, constant follow up is needed with anyone outside of your division and frequently you are put off or given the wrong answers/data. I had to frequently escalate my communication to my superiors to obtain basic information. Basically if you can't show up at someones office to get it it will be a while before you do. It is a 'sink or swim' environment as an intern so if you do not go out and actively ask for projects you are unlikely to get much challenging work and therefore not an offer. Unfortunately IBM has produced little revenue growth so 'resource actions' aka layoffs, have been common and only the toughest survive.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

The company is massive and treats it's other arms as totally separate companies, though I have no direct advice as to how to address this it is a serious concern if you want to obtain the synergies necessary to justify to shareholders the size and vary varied services and processes the company has.

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    I most value the flexibility that IBM provides.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC

    Pros

    IBM is really flexible, depending on the position that you are working. Also they provide opportunities to experience many different jobs within the Raleigh-Durham area.

    Cons

    IBM can tend to require some weekend work and since you are able to work from home in addition to working in the office, you often end up working much more than the 40-hour work week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would advise enabling managers to reward top performers better. Also, I believe it would be a money-saving opportunity as well as beneficial to the environment to encourage more work from home.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    It has been a frustrating and disappointing experience.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Tucson, AZ

    Pros

    Work schedule flexibility, benefits, company reputation.

    Cons

    Ineffective upper-level management, too frequent upper-level management "restructuring", low pay relative to other companies in the industry, too much duplicated effort, too many internal ineffectual websites (wasted money, overhead and time), excess bureaucracy, little or no support for professional development, inconsistent system for promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees with respect, as people rather than as commodities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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