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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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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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    Team oriented organization

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Beijing, Beijing (China)

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

    Pros

    You can always get help from you manager or project managers

    Cons

    You can be placed in team that consist of people with various background, experience and capabilities.

    Recommends
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    Good one for Freshers..

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    No work pressure.. feel free like home..

    Cons

    Less growth compared to other companies..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep Supporting Youngsters..

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