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An almost daily question of how much worse could it get

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Current Employee - Analyst
Current Employee - Analyst

I have been working at IBM

Pros

IBM is a giant company with some great people and the potential to gain invaluable experience if you know where to look.

It is, from what I've seen, genuinely trying to promote cultural and gender diversity as well as flexible work options for employees where appropriate, although it can be easily contradicted by individual managers.

At a senior management (executive) level, I do understand they believe the hype of flexible work options and development options for employees, plus business growth and doing 'whatever it takes' for the client. Somewhere in the company, people are genuinely concious of the eroding morale and skills but the efforts put in place to combat this are cursory at best, and countered by the extreme cost saving and outsourcing measures that have graduated from 'exceptional quarter end activities' to standard fare.

Cons

Literally no incentives left for doing a good job (awards, promotions, or even a 'thankyou') other than if you don't outperform your peers, you be more likely to be let go sooner.

Employee ratings, succession planning and career paths are a total farse. Sorry to anyone at a senior level with 'good intentions' but its simply not happening on the front line.

Irrespective of the individual, it feels impossible to get work done, because any investment (infrastructure, travel, or additional employees) would be considered contrary to the enterprise cost cutting or outsourcing edict, regardless of how strong the business case is.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Have a serious think about the long term ramifications of your actions. I have no doubt on the financial success of IBM, particularly over the past 5 years. But there is a direct and unmistakable counter effect of that growth on employee morale and skills which is going to prove extremely costly.

Don't pretend that strategies of putting most non management, non customer facing roles into low cost countries, that keep the IBM engine running, is anything but a cost cost saving excercise when the appropriate skills, experience, or culture for the role is not even a secondary consideration.

Its all very well to prioritise the shareholders, but the current path puts even the shareholders of tomorrow at risk.

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    Can be good

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    work is challenging, people are nice to work with, many groups to interact with, salary is good, training can be good at times,

    Cons

    can be long hours, not much in the way of recognition, no seasonal parties, focus on process sometimes too much

  2.  

    Stressful at times,

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    IBM is a very good company to work for. IBM offers a good salary.

    Cons

    Downsizing, yet still very top heavy.

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