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Intellectually stimulating work environment, but can be difficult to navigate

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Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Raleigh, NC
Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Raleigh, NC

I have been working at IBM

Pros

- Smart and dedicated co-workers
- Wide range of options for career progression
- Work-life balance
- Strong senior leadership

Cons

- Compensation possibly below market. Stock options/grants rarely given. Negligible discount in employee stock purchase plan.
- Can be difficult to navigate
- Promotions can be slow -- partially related to the fact that there is a lot of good talent.
- There seems to be a process for everything -- can get in the way of progress
- Constant re-organizations

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Don't be afraid to take calculated risks.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    IT is becoming a commodity and it's affecting how IBM views its employees.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - IT Architect in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - IT Architect in Boulder, CO

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    In IBM, you do have access to a large intellectual capital knowledge base and the people you work with are very smart. If you manage to move from account to account, it allows you to see how many different companies work without the stress of having to find work on your own. The higher you go up in the organization, though, you are expected to be a mercenary and find the work on your own. You don't get the big bucks for nothing.

    Cons

    There is a constant pressure for cost savings. In the US, labor makes up the biggest cost component and IBM has had a policy of micro-layoffs to stay under the public radar. This occurs at the expense of employee morale and in some cases, customer satisfaction. With the increased reliance on off-shoring to lower cost regions, US layoffs are going to accelerate. On top of this, training is almost non-existent. It's hard to justify 40 hours of training when you have a utilization target.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The message the IBM work force is not very positive. We're not as valued as we used to be, as evidenced by our PBC reviews, lack of salary increases, and constant layoffs. But, it's hard to argue with success and as long as we keep posting records profits and revenues, it's not going to change.

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    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    IBM is an average place to work -- negotiate a high starting salary, as it will be with you for a while.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advisory Hardware Engineer in East Fishkill, NY
    Current Employee - Advisory Hardware Engineer in East Fishkill, NY

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology (CMOS H/W), very talented engineers, great and grand projects. There are some really smart people here; in the development teams, and in research. It's great to have a research team to help tackle really difficult problems. Also, generous vacation (though you can't always take it and you can't accumulate it), flexible work-at-home deals depending on your area. Decent initial salary.

    Cons

    Compensation is poor. Once you're in, raises are non-existent or really small. Same for bonuses. And that's for exemplary performers. Promotions are very rare, particularly for the technical team. Management is odd: 1st/2nd line managers spend most of their time trying to be "Project Managers", not too much focus actual management. There's a project management hierarchy that overlaps with these first lines, and adds little value ( though that might be the best career path). Zero training. Zero travel. Development projects are overbooked. IBM is really pushing off-shoring to India. You have to do your job, plus train a team of Indian developers; Middle management is pretty bad, they aim to please Sr management, customers, without consideration to their team. Sr Management reaps millions, off-shores, and lays technical people off ; their is not a good connection between the team and Sr Management. 7-10 levels of managers in between, too much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have got one of the best resources in the industry, in your team; you should treasure it. Focus less on profits and shareholder value, more on building the business and team.

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