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Not bad for new employees, but a tough place to work for those with experience.

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Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in Rochester, MN
Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in Rochester, MN

I have been working at IBM

Pros

There is good opportunity, experience, and exposure for new employees. It's a great place to start to get some experience before moving on to another opportunity.

Cons

Continuous layoffs and work demand - I am often required to work long hours and must give up vacation time in order to meet the schedules. The company seems obsessed with micro-managing the employees doing the work and having TONS of people to track the progress with charts. The company is huge and well-established, but the last 10 years or so has been a real whirlwind. There are continual layoffs every couple years....the departments get disbanded, the employees get laid off, but yet the managers get promoted or moved on to other opportunities.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Empower the employees and get rid of all the micro-managing middle managers.

Doesn't Recommend

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    Great people. Low pay, compared to amount of work to do.

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Southbury, CT
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Southbury, CT

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    You get to work with the of team very smart, talented and caring people. IBM somehow gets the best out there. IBM also offers a lot of flexibility, depending what you do: working from home and flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Pay is not good, at least not in some areas. Starting salary can be pretty low and it takes a lot of time to increase your band (job grade) and pay. There is no training, you learn on the job and workload can be substantial in order to pay attention to details.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know the processes before you make changes and understand what impact it makes on IBM. Outsourcing jobs overseas may save company some money, but it slows down people in US who have to deal with employees in foreign countries, who don't have clear understanding of what needs to be done.

    No opinion of CEO
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    Used to be great, I think I'm glad to be gone.

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    Former Employee - IT Architect in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - IT Architect in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Opportunities to take on a wide variety of assignments. Access to a tremendous amount of knowledge via internal forums, wiki, blogs etc. I was able to work in marketing, sales, development, research, and services in my time there.

    Cons

    Extreme focus on utilization causes pressure to make up for earned vacation etc. Was asked to defer vacation to make up for others on the bench.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come clean about the strategy behind the layoffs. It may not change things but I think it would go a long way towards reducing the anxiety hostility and fear that are out there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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