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

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • 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IBM is an outdated company.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
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 8 people found this helpful  

    An absolutely terrible company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Travel discounts for hotels and rental cars.

    Cons

    You are truly a number - your individual accomplishments and contributions mean nothing. IBM is all talk when it comes to values.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to have a successful consulting practice, consider investing in the product you are offering - your PEOPLE.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Extreme Blue Internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Extreme Blue MBA Intern in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Extreme Blue MBA Intern in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at IBM as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    - Open environment with lots of free flowing ideas
    - Casual and meritocratic atmosphere
    - Ability to help define project

    Cons

    - Heavily dependent on mentors and their willingness to be engaged
    - Odd structure for MBAs as tech interns seem to get lots of opportunities for interviews but not MBAs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to have business mentors who are directly responsible some deliverable

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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