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Not your father's IBM

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Various in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Various in San Francisco, CA

I worked at IBM full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

Employees with a passion for IT technology.
Processes and procedures for all aspects of the business keep operations running fairly smoothly.

Cons

Bully culture in executive ranks (at least in the US).
The company has been driving up the stock price by cutting expenses, especially salaries and benefits - hence the many rounds of cuts and early retirements which have decimated the ranks of experienced professionals in IBM. The brain drain has accelerated with the voluntary departure of top talent.
Extremely risk adverse management forcing a unhealthy and unsustainable reliance on innovation through acquisitions. (IBM Research still excels at invention, but their output typically must go outside of IBM to be nurtured to the innovation stage (by engineers and entrepreneurs) before being brought into the IBM product portfolio through company acquisition.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Dedicate 40% of product / solution funding to disruptive innovation (establish an internal VC fund with timelines not tied to the fiscal calendar and suitable investment criteria), remove the barriers between business units, and recognize the value of experienced professionals.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the best, not the worst

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    - Decent Salary/Benefits package
    - Telework/Flexible work options
    - Good variety of work

    Cons

    - No sense of belonging
    - Impractical performance metrics
    - Slow upward mobilty
    - No reimbursement for professional dues or cell phone. Your personal cell is also your IBM phone.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fair. Expect to work hard, and even if you are a top performer, rewards are few.

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    Current Employee - Program Director in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Program Director in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    Core development areas are stable. Very Client focused. Well run business. ie. I'm not expecting them to go bankrupt.

    Cons

    Ever shifting work structure from US to AP. In engineering, performance is not rewarded, even high performers get minimal monetary reward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be careful to not lose your core talent as you shift work load to AP. Growth may be in AP, but do not lose focus of the customer base that got IBM here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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