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

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
San Jose, CA

ProsSome 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.

ConsIBM is an outdated company.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 Senior ManagementStop 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    An absolutely terrible company to work for.

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    Washington, DC

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than a year


    Pros: Travel discounts for hotels and rental cars. Cons: You are truly a number - your individual accomplishments and contributions… Advice to Senior Management: If you want to have a successful consulting practice, consider… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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    Great Company, Brand Recognition is top notch

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee)
    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,… Cons: Raises are minimal, performance reviews are done by project managers, while promotions are done by managers whom… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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