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Experience with IBM has been very good.

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  • Senior Management
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Current Employee - Technical Solution Manager in London, England (UK)
Current Employee - Technical Solution Manager in London, England (UK)

I have been working at IBM

Pros

You get to specialize in a role. There are a lot of opportunities to work on client engagements. You can develop skills in consulting.

Cons

Career progression may be slow as there are a large number of consultants at IBM. Salaries are in the mid to mid-low region.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Continue the good work of adding new areas of work for their employees. Keep watch for changes in the market.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    If you have no family and want to travel then it works for you.

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    Former Employee - IT Specialist
    Former Employee - IT Specialist

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Compensation was appropriate for the position. Follow IBM procedures and processes and expenses are paided as reported in a timely fashion. If one so chooses you are climb the corporate ladder.

    Cons

    Having a home life the travelling got old fast especially when you were not compensated for any of the travel time unless you work. IBM uses total hours worked 'ulitization' percent as part of performance evaluation. If you fall below utilization target, you pay the price at performance review time. You surpass your utilization target and nothing too the good comes of it. Constant battle between those watching expenses at client site and yourself to be able to work the 'average' number of hours needed per week to meet your utilization target. Once you complete an assignment at client, IBM provides you with tools to find a new assignment bu you must find your own assignment. IBM assigns a 'resource development manager' (RDM) who is suppose to help you find a new assignment. Have consistently heard that RDM's are worthless and provide little actual support (that was the case for me). I found a new assignment and was at client site 1 day when I was informed by IBM that I was identified as a 'resource action' as part of their annual purge process and to be laid off in 30 days. No reason given as to how or why I was chosen.

    IBM does not address the 'human cost' factor in its business model

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strength the IBM Marketplace process by making the RDM more accountable in terms of supplying help for those looking for new assignments. Make those people that one sends marketplace inquiries to responsible by requiring that they atleast acknowledge that they received your inquiry. I sent out 5 - 6 inquiries about open positions and hear not a word from anyone of them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Flexible but not enough intermediate position levels for easy advancement

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Large and global company
    Access to many resources, such as online courses, people
    Training is a priority
    Flexible work hours

    Cons

    Few intermediate levels which makes it hard for senior employees doing a good job to see their advancement within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should set up more intermediate position levels between managerial and senior levels for those who do not have a desire to enter a leadership role but who are strong contributors to the company nonetheless.

    Approves of CEO
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