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Stop offshoring US jobs.

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Current Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Mechanicsburg, PA
Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Mechanicsburg, PA

I have been working at IBM

Pros

Flexible work schedule which is supported by immediate management. The pay is good; however, you earn it.

Cons

Limited opportunities for professional advancement. Offshoring of US jobs which creates continuous anxiety and makes one wonder "will my job be offshored next." Matrix managment structure which makes for a stressful/ very ambiguous work environment. The company embraces a virtual team environment, so you can work in one city but work with individuals in different cities. This can create a more challenging work environment since you cannot simply walk over to a co-worker's desk to discuss a work item. Management can also be located in another city. Bottom line - there can be a dearth of face time which can hurt you during your annual review. Also, there is a tremendous focus on getting more bang for the buck. In other words, reduce the number of employees, maintain the same workload, and take on additional workload.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Revisityand embrace the principles fostered by Thomas Watson which once made this a great company.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    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
  2.  

    A big company for people from any and every technological background

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    - You are amongst some really smart people who have been with the company for ages and ages
    - Actively promotes working from home.

    Cons

    Since most people work from home, at times the interaction between the team as a whole is less.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

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