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Helpful (2)

Stop offshoring US jobs.

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Mechanicsburg, PA
Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Mechanicsburg, PA
Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

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 Management

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

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. Stability and Work Life Balance

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Lexington, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Lexington, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good corporate culture promoting self-growth. Excellent intranet with daily news regarding what's going on in the organization. Great networking functionality and connectivity software. Work in various cross-functional teams with smart and experienced people. Good work life balance and friendly co-workers.

    Cons

    Somewhat lack of transparency from upper management regarding direction of the company.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency regarding personnel plans


  2. Helpful (1)

    IBM is a good short-term first job, but no place to make a career anymore.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Burlington, VT
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Burlington, VT
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    If you can manage yourself and your networking, IBM can be a very rewarding place to begin a career. With good political skills, a good background, and an active, forceful personality you can gain access to very advanced technology and some of the best systems level insights in the Microelectronics industry. In general the tools provided are good, many even beyond the leading edge of the industry, as are the interactions with most employees. Be warned, however, that many tools are unique to IBM and their applicability and value to the rest of the industry is at best limited. This is not a workplace that will suit most folks. It requires a very career focused individual who can recognize when the work will stop contributing to a career and who is willing and able to quit this job and move on to other opportunities.

    Cons

    IBM Microelectronics is a microcosm of most large companies. It is very politically connected and without the right connections your career will quickly stagnate. As with most large companies, managers are there to get jobs done and it isn't until you get relatively high in management that most employees are trained for advancement. I can't emphasize enough, this is NOT the company to work for if you take your eye off your personal career development. If you treat your employment as a job and not a part of a carefully managed career trajectory management here will push you into jobs that are likely not in your best interest. As a large company there are many small tasks that tend to be very specialized to IBM, and getting stuck there will seriously stunt your career growth and prospects. As far as business is concerned, IBM overall has been consistently shipping jobs overseas and the morale in the company is terrible. Their US employee count has been diminishing, so if you treat your employment here as a "job" you are at serious risk of trouble when a Resource Action comes. You cannot count on IBM to support employees with retraining or reeducation now like they did when I first joined, and in general the more experienced you are the bigger the target you are if you're not in management.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management treats IBM Microelectronics rather poorly. They need to either treat it as a full business and make the push into full foundry services with competitive prices or they need to spin off the foundry and go as a fabless design house. The mix they have now guarantees that they will fail at both design and fabrication.


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