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Heavy bureaucracy and politics

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Sales Account Manager
Current Employee - Sales Account Manager

I have been working at IBM

Pros

A global company with the ability to work with cultures and people around the world

Cons

heavy bureaucracy and politics, Limited diection from senior management on direction other than just 90 days

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Be open and communicate challenges with the entire team/organization. Changes can't be made if things aren't openly addressed.

No opinion of CEO

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    Current Employee - Research Staff Member in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at IBM

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    Cons

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    Get technical people into decision making positions rather than the marketing/finance goof balls I meet.

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    Great place to develop technical expertise

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    Current Employee - IT Analyst  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at IBM

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    Cutting edge innovative company that values its employees. Be ready to work very hard but be paid fairly for the work that you do. Great learning opportunities are available for all employees. Company values its position in the market and is constantly innovating in order to meet customer needs.

    Cons

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    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Schedule more time for employee evaluations and feedback sessions

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