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Former Employee - Software Developer  in  Lenexa, KS
Former Employee - Software Developer in Lenexa, KS

I worked at IBM as an intern for more than a year

Pros

Flexible work hours, nice people, freedom to pursue career of choice.

Cons

Not highly compensated, not many team building/motivational activties

Recommends
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    A sinking ship

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    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer  in  Littleton, MA
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Littleton, MA

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The only reason I can think of working for IBM is the work/life balance. But the company is keeping layoff people and outsourcing jobs. So the workload is getting heavier every day.

    Cons

    Low Salary and worst benefits in the industry
    Very political work environment
    No career opportunities at all.
    Old technologies and not used in world outside.
    The only way to pop up company profit is to layoff and outsource.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees nice and don't think of them as slave and cost.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good for a jumping off point, bad for a career

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    Current Employee - Systems Administrator III (Jazz In IBM Terms)  in  Columbia, MO
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator III (Jazz In IBM Terms) in Columbia, MO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are some of the best in the industry, IBM brand still looks good on a resume. Great place to gain experience.

    If you are a high performer and show it you can possibly be recognized for it with financial incentives but this also depends on how well you play into the politics more than anyone likes to admit.

    Lots of opportunities to build your skill-set, if you prove that you can get things done early on you will get the interesting high skill work as it comes in.

    Cons

    In these new "delivery centers" micromanagement is the encouraged norm not the exception. Be prepared to be forced to sit though lots of useless "GDF education" seminars which rehash the same information over and over about how you should be working (and then management will want you to do it a different way anyway after the seminars.) Also once a year all employees have to use a time tracking tool for about a month, where everything that is done has to be logged and analyzed to decide if the work can be done efficiently by less people or not.

    This is an extreme cost cutting environment, instead of having a real catering service they contract that to a local gas station. Things in the building that break will not be fixed for months in the future, if they even are at all. Overtime hours getting revoked is the norm, some teams inside the building have lost entire clients due to the overtime crunches but management doesn't care.

    With this new "GDF methodology" the hiring of inexperienced people is also the norm. Plenty of people in low level system administration positions have never even logged into a server before.

    Salaries are also below market rate.

    The focus on team metrics is also a little extreme, too often it gets to the point where more time is spent trying to game the metrics system rather then trying to improve the real processes.

    People see the writing on the wall and know that in a few years most of the jobs will be done from India.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is some good stuff in the new GDF methodology but also lots of bad, stop trying to force it as the "one size fits all" solution to all of your problems.

    Stop outsourcing critical and high skill jobs to India, those of us in the US spend to much time cleaning things up after India breaks something, it has to be cheaper to just do it the right way to begin with (especially when SLA penalties are factored in)

    Stop the cost cutting environment and over-focus on secrecy, we don't even have windows in our office (they are covered with some sort of tint so you can't see in or out.) Comparisons are made all the time to a Soviet-era factory among employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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