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Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Durham, NC
Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Durham, NC

I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

Workloads will vary. Modest 4 months in year

Cons

Has cycles of extreme workload and stress. 8 months in year

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Used to be an excellent company to work for. Now employees are nothing more than "resources".

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    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    Excellent work-life balance. Salaries are competitive.

    Cons

    This is NOT an engineering-led company. Nearly all executives come out of marketing and sales. Nothing is more important than meeting short-term sales numbers.

    Cost-cutting has gotten completely out-of-hand. Have to pay for coffee. Buildings are dingy (half of the lightbulbs are burnt out). Often have to purchase your own hardware out-of-pocket.

    IBM is committed to being as profitable as possible. This means replacing their US work force with workers in BRIC countries making 80% less. They've already reduced their US workers by about half, and have no plans on stopping. If I were a software developer 35 years or older, I would fully expect to be laid off in the next 2-3 years. The atmosphere is that the executives view employees (and low-level managers) as nothing more than faceless "resources" that can be replaced with cheaper alternatives. Many important senior level software developers have already left, leaving knowledge gaps all over the place.

    IBM feels like a company on the decline. They're pulling no stops to appear as profitable as possible, but mortgaging the company's reputation to do so. They're staying alive by cannibalizing other companies.

    Employee morale is down-right awful. Management knows this, since I haven't seen an employee satisfaction survey in many years. I get the impression that executives are trying to make the atmosphere as unpleasant as possible to make their U.S. workers leave on their own so that they don't have to pay them severance packages.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In general, low and mid level management at IBM is good. However, they're pretty much powerless against the whims of the executives who seem to be only interested in short-term profits, and care nothing about employee morale or customer satisfaction.

    Advice to executives: Employees are people too. Try treating us with respect. Be honest with us. Don't try to fool us with your fancy marketing-speak, like trying to convince us that replacing pensions with 401k was better for us, or that they're "resource actions" instead of "layoffs". That's just insulting our intelligence. Also, the IBM brand is being seriously tarnished right now, and IBM is getting a bad reputation in the eyes of our customers. IBM is not the unsinkable ship that you think it is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Stable but minimal raise

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Costa Mesa, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Costa Mesa, CA

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good starting salary
    stable
    lots of opportunities internally
    good benefits

    Cons

    low raise, too many matrices

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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