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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

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

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.

Advice to Management

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  2. IBM has a great upside, but also fosters an unproductive environment of mass paranoia in the base US workforce.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at IBM

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Large companies like IBM provide innumerable opportunities for career advancement and personal growth. I'm happy with my compensation and I feel like IBM has good systems in place for employee feedback and review processes. Also, I feel work/life balance is effective at IBM. As less staff is asked to do more, management does appear more flexible on where and when that work is accomplished.

    Cons

    IBM is clearly extremely committed to moving all new staffing overseas to cheaper labor markets. It makes being a US employee frustrating and causes continual staff paranoia. US staff members are rarely replaced, and the existing US workforce is continually forced to do more with less. Resource actions (forced headcount reductions) and department offshoring plans are constantly in progress, and it causes a constant unproductive rumor mill effect across all organizations.

    Advice to Management

    Make a commitment to your current employees and be clearer on future offshoring plans. I think the following statements/commitments from senior management would solve the organizational paranoia issue, "No headcount reductions will occur for staff members that meet average or above performance results." and "Further department offshoring is likely to occur, but affected staff will be targeted to fill vacancies in other departments from retirements and employee departures. No employee with a PBC 2 or higher will be terminated as a result of a resource action or offshoring program."


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