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Process heavy, low innovation environment with below average compensation

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at IBM

Pros

-Employees encouraged to make frequent lateral job changes
-Opportunity to move across businesses without existing expertise
-Global organization; opportunities to gain global perspective
-If you gain your satisfaction mainly from activities outside work easy to find a job where there are low demands on your time
-Performance standards are low

Cons

-Unusually heavy process orientation, even for a large organization, leads to very low innovation
-Employees, even senior managers are so beat down by processes that there is little focus on results; mainly process
-Benefits are notably below average; company constantly seeking ways to indirectly reduce compensation by eliminating reimbursements, etc.
-Laggard in terms of technology adoption and innovation - you can quickly fall behind by staying at IBM
-Very high overhead of staff personnel/overhead cost; not likely to be sustainable in the long term.

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    great

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    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    great culture with lot of learning opportunities. senior management is very supportive, great training program, strong network of clients with substantial deals

    Cons

    low salary compared with competitors, kind of loose culture, promotion is very rigid, too many departments in the organization, very specific task

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    An organisation to build a career in

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Calcutta (India)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calcutta (India)

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    - Fantastic learning opportunities
    - Wide variety of roles as one grows in the organisation.
    - Excellent work life balance
    - A culture that places an significant amount of trust on the employee's sense of individual responsibility

    Cons

    - agility to respond to local needs are sometimes affected by the burden of global policies.
    - compensation packages often play catch up to main competitors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The core IBM values are extremely relevant. One realises it more with time spent in IBM and through observing peer organisations. The leadership team should continue stressing on it to ensure that it does not get diluted as the organisation grows at a fast pace.

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