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Great place to develop, though compensation isnt' competitive.

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Current Employee - Managing Consultant - Strategy in Somers, NY
Current Employee - Managing Consultant - Strategy in Somers, NY

I have been working at IBM

Pros

Solid, stable place to start a career. You can grow as fast as you drive yourself... but motivation must be internally driven.

Experience will widely vary by which division that you land in. Services businesses typically place a large emphasis on number of billable hours worked. Systems division is always trying to run a more lean business and do more with less. Software is not uniform as a number of current employees were brought on through numerous acquisitions over the last 5-10 years.

Cons

Salary is not competitive with market rates if you stay more than a few years. Constant revamping of employee benefit programs makes you wonder if HR has anything better to do.

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Compensate your top, young talent!

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    Great company that could lose its edge

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    Former Employee - Senior IT Architect in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior IT Architect in San Jose, CA

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for lateral experience. Very bright people throughout the company. Customer recognition of the IBM brand.
    Good training (on line) opportunities.
    Flexible work at home or remote potential.
    International growth is strong

    Cons

    losing sense of teamwork and place.
    Hard to utilize resources within IBM for cross functional projects.
    Too much time fighting internal battles rather than customer concerns
    bonus plans can be confusing and change on a regular basis

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on the culture you want to foster and grow over the next 10 years
    successful managers are more political than true passionate leaders

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    Great place to work and advance at some cost. (nothing comes free anyways)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    And endless scope and area to develop a person career. Unlike many competing company where career area available for changes and availability to do so. Many competing company do not have breadth and depth of areas to work on. For example.. if one wishes to pursue career in an another area, this company is where it will provide ypou options to learn and try different area. It is highly encourage to learn and explore. Where-as the competing companies make it difficult to move from one position to another with same company. IBM is like a min country within. Its upto an employee to make or break..most of the time.

    Cons

    The biggest one being is the salaries, they tend to be at 80% of the market level.. which for some is a significant gap. If IBM were to narrow this gap, then folks may stick around more.. but then there maynot be more position available. Other downside is, the company being so large, its like an elephant when it comes to responding to market needs/situation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simple --- Its not ya mom and pop shop. Enjoy and let other enjoy as well... the end results will be good.

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