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

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

I worked at IBM full-time (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IBM is an outdated company.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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    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 (more than an 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.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Opportunity for a Career

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Marketing in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    Large company that can offer a versatile career. Provide growth opportunities, not just vertical but horizontal as well. Ethical company with respect for the individual. My career has spanned a wide range of assignments including software engineer, project manager, 1st line management and marketing rep. I have enjoyed my career working for this company and have worked with some of the brightest and best talent in the world. While you will hear it's not your father's IBM, it is still one of the greatest companies to work for. There are lexible hours, benefits and concern/respect for employees.

    Cons

    Corporate America politics are evident, salary increases don't coincide with business results.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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