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Work for a company where your contribution is appreciated and rewarded. It's certainly will not be at IBM.

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Former Employee - Project Manager in Phoenix, AZ
Former Employee - Project Manager in Phoenix, AZ

I worked at IBM

Pros

TO say you worked for "IBM"

Cons

Management didn't care. Open door policies tagged you as a bad employee. There is no ability to move to another division within the company. The only way to work for IBM these days is if they buy the company you currently work for. Then they weed out almost everyone from the original company and lay off existing staff and move the jobs to Argentina (the new india).

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Instead of all the layoffs, find places for employees to stay within the company. I realize "everyone is replaceable, and everyone wants to work for IBM". But you guys are loyal to the company - and you wouldn't get your bonuses if it weren't for the pions doing all the work. It's also way to common for most people to not get raises and bonus pools are always next to nothing. Unless your manager deems you to be a superstar - you're screwed with this company.

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    Stop offshoring US jobs.

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Mechanicsburg, PA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Mechanicsburg, PA

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule which is supported by immediate management. The pay is good; however, you earn it.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for professional advancement. Offshoring of US jobs which creates continuous anxiety and makes one wonder "will my job be offshored next." Matrix managment structure which makes for a stressful/ very ambiguous work environment. The company embraces a virtual team environment, so you can work in one city but work with individuals in different cities. This can create a more challenging work environment since you cannot simply walk over to a co-worker's desk to discuss a work item. Management can also be located in another city. Bottom line - there can be a dearth of face time which can hurt you during your annual review. Also, there is a tremendous focus on getting more bang for the buck. In other words, reduce the number of employees, maintain the same workload, and take on additional workload.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revisityand embrace the principles fostered by Thomas Watson which once made this a great company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Stability and Work Life Balance

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Lexington, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Lexington, MA

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Good corporate culture promoting self-growth. Excellent intranet with daily news regarding what's going on in the organization. Great networking functionality and connectivity software. Work in various cross-functional teams with smart and experienced people. Good work life balance and friendly co-workers.

    Cons

    Somewhat lack of transparency from upper management regarding direction of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparency regarding personnel plans

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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