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Great company to work for, although not for an extended period of time.

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

I have been working at IBM

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

Lots of opportunity to get involved with new initiatives and tasks and develop portable skills. Lots of intelligent managers with valuable experience. Excellent top-notch benefits (401k and health insurance arguably the best, as well as free financial adviser). IBM name commands respect on your resume. Flexible work schedules.

Cons

Annual raises are poor whereas new-hire starting salaries are superb. It's highly likely that new-hires will start the year after you, or 2 years after you, with higher, or very similar salaries to yours, including your raises--even if you get outstanding performance reviews year after year. It seems there is more effort spent on acquiring new talent versus keeping and rewarding existing talent. This discourages existing talent from staying for any length of time, or continuing to strive for excellence year after year. An excellent performance review doesn't mean anything if it isn't backed up with financial reward. It just helps my resume look more attractive to recruiters elsewhere.

Also the company laptop situation is poor. On starting day you receive a used, refurbished laptop which is supposed to last you 4 years. That would be fine if you weren't also forced to use it for such basic things like checking email and billing hours--why can't I do these things on my own laptop/tablet/smartphone? Especially if I'm not dealing with classified or SBU materials. Lotus Notes is horrible.

Advice to Management

Reward existing talent with not just a bonus, but a competitive raise. Senior Consultants with several years of outstanding performance should not be paid the same as new college hire Consultants.

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  1. Helpful (7)

    Good in the past, steady decline in the last decade

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Rochester, MN

    I have been working at IBM

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Chance to work with world class technology.
    Vacation holiday and personal time flexibility.
    Health benefits seem to be pretty good.

    Cons

    Erosion of support functions, leads to extra work just to keep your work environment going. Workstation support is one, admin support is another.
    Recurring layoffs keeps you on edge.

    Advice to Management

    Not sure what advice I could offer. Leadership at IBM is driven by shareholders, and apparently some large shareholders exert a lot of pressure on IBM execs with regard to earnings per share, share buybacks, dividends, acquisitions, "productivity" -- which is tied to human resource costs, etc.

  2. IBM is a fair place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at IBM

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    IBM has a Large Project Pool
    IBM has a Small Project Bench
    IBM has a good and up front approach to yearly reviews

    Cons

    IBM may not compensate employees enough for the role that they are performing

    IBM may not value their employees right to choose what projects are best for their careers

    Advice to Management

    IBM may not value their employees right to choose what projects are best for their careers. In some cases it is apparent that the company is trying to just staff roles and not find good fits.

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