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This is a fun and challenging place to work, with excellent colleagues.

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Current Employee - Research Staff Member in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Research Staff Member in San Jose, CA

I have been working at IBM

Pros

We have a corporate culture with high standards for honesty and integrity. We have a wide range of interesting projects on which people can work. We have excellent colleagues that cooperate freely.

Cons

Corporate bureaucracy and the centralization ("Globalization") of business processes make it more difficult and time consuming to get those many little things done that distract us form the real work. Usability of business process tools is poor.

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  1. Varied experiences based on projects and managers

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    Current Employee - Senior IT Specialist in Costa Mesa, CA
    Current Employee - Senior IT Specialist in Costa Mesa, CA

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    There is room to grow and many resources to learn from and take advantage of. There are opportunities to work from home or remotely; however, those opportunities can sometimes be difficult to find and acquire. Benefits, job security, and resources are the biggest reasons to work for IBM.

    Cons

    Typical "big company" politics and game playing regarding promotions, ratings, salaries, etc. Multiple managers and numerous "admin" tasks and policies are sometimes cumbersome. Depending on the employee's specific organization, there can be a high travel requirement for those workers who may not want to travel.

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    Treat employees more like people and less like resources. The system in place causes managers to treat employees like resources and to base all rating evaluations on utilization. Professional growth and work/life balance are given more lip service than an actual sincere implementation.

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    It's a big company!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    The work can be stimulating and challenging, but it depends on the organization. The pay is decent (they claim they're competitive). Many areas encourage employees to work from home. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Due to its size, different areas can be run very differently. If you're in a bad area, it can be hard to get out. Many areas micromanage expenses to the point where it's really rather ridiculous. Employees are just another commodity and the easiest way to reduce expenses fast is to let them go. If you get anointed, you stay anointed whether you deserve it or not. If you don't get anointed, it seems like nothing you can ever do will get you anointed. ("If he/she were good, he/she would have been promoted and rewarded before this...")

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a spine and do the right thing for the employee and the business, not because the manager above you has issued a decree.

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