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If you are able to find your own particular space in the behemoth - it can be the best place to be.

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Program Manager in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
Former Employee - Program Manager in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

I worked at IBM full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Trust in its employees - is a true org. cultural tenet, not just one among the archaic company values. Mostly an employee is supported around personal challenges / circumstances.
Investment in employees in terms of training and education is very good - across technical, business, personality-development arenas. The training calendar and mandatory training days enforced specific to role and position is by and large respected & enabled across the org.
Collaboration across different business groups globally and at an individual level among employees who've joined of subject-specific fora is good.
Access to a very vast knowledge bank of intellectual property, case studies, subject matter expertise etc. is mostly free to employees across all groups/subjects.
The span of organisation being across all aspects of technology & consulting + being spread globally - there is a real opportunity for a capable high-performing employee to seek roles across different groups and/or locations; the organisation encourages the same.

Cons

Not among the highest paying organisations - base pay + yearly increments.
The matrix structure can be a hindrance to getting work done smoothly and quickly; level of accountability at each involved role thereby becomes lot less.
Similar model of separate functional & people manager structure - if not defined carefully can be counter-productive for individual performance & growth management.
A high bent on 'process-orientation' can almost appear techniques for stalling the job.
At the time of hiring it can be a challenge to get sufficient clarity on the immediate role & project and subsequent growth plan.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

1. Hiring managers tend to make promises they are not accountable for keeping once the new hire is in the system. This causes very avoidable conflict between the new hire and concerned management hierarchy. It would be good to duly record and set accountability for any promises made during the hiring process.

2. Performance management through a separate people manager construct is designed with the right intention, but in execution there are far too many cases where the original intended aim is killed to the detriment of the concerned employee. This being more pertinent during the first 1-2 years of an employee joining (while he/she is not well-versed with the system) - would help to refine the initial people & functional manager alignment.

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    Quality of co-workers is top notch.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Employees truly care about each other and customers. There are also hundreds of thousands of jobs in the company so you can make your career what you want it to be...there are many options if you are ambitious and skilled.

    Cons

    Pay is average in the US.

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    I am optimistic that Ginni Rometty will prove to be a great leader with global focus on clients; not just local focus on expense.

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    Work with great people at an iconic company - an ideal place to start a corporate career

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    Current Employee - Organizational Change Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Organizational Change Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people
    Clear career progression
    Fairly good work/life balance
    Wide range of projects and clients
    Amazing global depth and breadth of the work we do

    Cons

    Expected to travel away from home and work wherever your client is.
    Low pay compared to other big consultancy firms
    Business is very tight with money - don't expect many funded social activities
    Very focused on billable hours - that is what matters most

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus a little less on quarterly earnings and a bit more on looking after your people and making them feel valued.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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