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non competitive package, awesome flexibility/work life balance trade off

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Current Employee - Package Solution Consultant
Current Employee - Package Solution Consultant

I have been working at IBM

Pros

Amazing spread of technology.
Very Open workculture
No racial/gender bias. Always stress on maintaining this work atmosphere.
Big name clients, high exposure projects, for development projects

Cons

There is some political atmosphere in application support projects. But thats common in other places I've worked too
Again in very large support engagements, quite a few people who are staffed have no idea what they should be doing, and manage to leverage work done by others. And not surprisingly, same sorts indulge in the politics/gossip/ass kissing and favoritism in turn.If it were a high effort work these sorts would have been weeded out, but unfortunately that is not, and you have to learn to work with them if you're coming from a good development background.
Really big org, if you hide under a rock no one will come looking for you, and you'll be at same place if you choose to hide. How this translates into overall competency is anyone's guess.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

The trend is competent people are often the ones switching jobs. The PD cycle is bull**** sometimes.

Recommends
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    best solutions, worst employer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Education & development opportunities are great

    Cons

    ibm cost saving is destroying any company culture & will drive away the best people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    invest in building a team spirit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not bad, but hard to feel strongly about

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Great Brand
    Great American Company
    Safe
    Decent pay (but not great pay also not well-adjusted for high-cost locales)
    Some very bright and interesting coworkers (mean employee quality just slightly above average; probably not a corporate objective to do too much better than that as they cannot compensate at a level that the truly great employees might demand)

    Cons

    Not as safe as it used to be, plenty of US layoffs and jobs moving overseas
    Bureaucratic
    Run by bean-counters
    Cult of the salesman
    Good, not great
    No work/life balance in consulting, though I'm told it's good elsewhere in IBM
    What have you done for me lately?
    No real bonus
    Draconian expense policies
    Resists change
    Large size = No individual relevance to unit or corporate success

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Forget about next quarter, think about the next 100 years
    Quit trying to squeeze blood from a stone
    Your clients and your employees are more important than your stock price

    Disapproves of CEO
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