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Former Employee - Consulting IT Architect in Albany, NY
Former Employee - Consulting IT Architect in Albany, NY

I worked at IBM full-time (more than 8 years)

Pros

did various projects in different industries, got exposures to many aspects of the business

Cons

changes could be better handled with more care

Advice to ManagementAdvice

changes could be better handled with more care

Recommends
No opinion of CEO

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    A great company to work for with lots of interesting things going on.

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    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Costa Mesa, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Costa Mesa, CA

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    IBM has some of the best talent in the world and a leading culture of cooperation and collaboration that is unmatched. When everything comes together, the opportunities are some of the most interesting projects and problems that could ever be encountered. Staff are given the ability to solve problems the best way that they see fit within the reasonable budget and staff constraints. If you want to travel the world at a moment's notice, IBM is the place to work for.

    Cons

    Management sometimes accidentally stifles the organic long term success generated by individual performers when chasing unrealistic quarterly goals. As a result, during the review cycle, performance that would have been regarded as outstanding at any other time goes unrecognized if it didn't happen to match up with that particular quarter or year's goals, leaving the resources who performed above and beyond empty handed and demoralized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Performance drivers and incentives do not match or reinforce our core values. The company should be reorganized to recognize individual contributions and not just bottom line organization performance against unrealistic goals agreed to by management who is disconnected from the realities of the workforce. Managers who do not take care of the staff who are the engine that runs this company should be disciplined and in some cases removed from their posts.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    A stepping stone to a more desirable career

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN

    I worked at IBM as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Extremely flexible schedules. As long as your work is done, you can do pretty much whatever you want. Ping-pong tables consumed a lot of my downtime.

    Everyone gets an office, that's pretty cool too. It stays a lot quieter to do work.

    Cons

    There isn't a healthy medium of workload. You're either sitting around doing nothing for weeks at a time, or you're so overloaded with work that you have to come in early, stay late, then bring your laptop home at night to get more work done. Due to different timezones, phone meetings aren't always scheduled at convenient times (think lunch time).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work out a better training program. Managers/supervisors should be able to answer my technical questions, not send me on a chase to find the answers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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