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Great Company, Brand Recognition is top notch

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Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Washington, DC
Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

I have been working at IBM full-time for more than a year

Pros

Great benefits like 401K, Health/Dental. Competitive salary for new hires and great training program. Diverse workforce, smart people and managers, culture is great -- as well as a nice work/life balance -- when you aren't trying to meet a deadline

Cons

Raises are minimal, performance reviews are done by project managers, while promotions are done by managers whom you rarely see. High ulitizalition targets, and bonuses do not reflect the hard work and long hours.

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    Depends upon where you work for IBM . . . from my experience

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some labs/research facilities are as you would expect a big IT firm to be (e.g. Rochester, MN; RTP, NC; Austin). They will allow the hardest smartest people to move up and fast and get a lot of responsibility under their belts/on their resumes. They reward you through huge raises.

    Cons

    IBM is an outdated company. It looks good to have stuck around (if you can) for a long time and be a team lead or manager. However, to get a job elsewhere like in Silicon Valley will prove difficult as IBM wants everything automated and everything to run on their huge expensive servers (that most companies don't care for you to have experience with). Also as I said in the pros it depends upon where you work. Silicon Valley Lab, for example, is rife with PC politics. If you are not in vogue by your gender, sexual orientation, race, etc there you won't make it far if you don't grovel. It is disgusting actually. Also, they will allow you to work around the clock and kill yourself with no life and not care. Once you stop so does your paycheck. They give you enough rope to hang yourself. And they also have lay offs all the time. No joke. In places like Poughkeepsie, San Jose, Rochester, etc everyone used to work for IBM. No joke. Just ask around. The real estate guy. The consulting company manager. Every one. Layoffs are a part of IBM life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promoting to be PC. Promote because the people do the job. Eliminate the special interest groups that you allow people to get personal business commitment qualifications for (e.g. women's groups, islamic groups, gay groups). Look at people as people and as workers, not races, genders, etc. If you are going to post HR policies . . . ensure that they are followed and not changed when an issue is going on. And if you are going to hang your "values" in your conference rooms then follow them no matter what, not just when it is convenient for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pretty okay

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Littleton Common, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Littleton Common, MA

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    There is great work hour flexibility. The benefits are also quite good. Generally I've found that there are good people who work here.

    Cons

    Overly bureaucratic at times. It can take time to get important things done. Bonuses aren't great, nor are the raises. I'm not sure why things are so tight as far as budgets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great atmosphere, but you have to pay talent to stay.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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