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Big Blue, does not always mean Big $'s

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Former Employee - CSSR (Client Software Sales Representative )  in  Bethesda, MD
Former Employee - CSSR (Client Software Sales Representative ) in Bethesda, MD

I worked at IBM full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

The company has worldwide recognition. You get invited to every (or close to it) technical evaluation. There are a lot of opportunities to work on...along with a team of fellow IBMers. There are so many people involved on accounts. This is especially true on high profile accounts. You can "work at half speed" and still be a "hero" because there are so many people working alongside you. That is one of the reasons why IBMers stay there for so long. Being hired at IBM is a validation of your merit, it’s like getting the "good housekeeping seal of approval."

Great resume builder
Good / Great benefits

I would recommend this company but you need to go in with open eyes...not star struck.

Cons

From a software sales reps standpoint, anyone working at IBM beyond 5 years is perceived in the open market as a person who "settles and is not motivated." With one caveat, unless you are being interviewed by a former IBMer then you might be seen as part of the “club.”
The pay is fair. IBM believes they do not need to compensate their employees on the high-end because they believe that employees will get intangible value by being able to say that they work(ed) at IBM.
The company is truly run by accountants...this becomes painfully clear if you are due a large commission. The accountants will create a scenario that will allow them to change your compensation plan while the deal is booking, so that you don't get paid or get paid far less than what you are due. There have been many lawsuits filed by former employees affirming what I just stated...including myself.

In several cases, IGS (IBM Global Services) commissioned personnel get paid more commission if they sell the competitors’ products over IBM’s on a project. (e.g. Oracle versus DB2) I know it sounds crazy but ask...you'll be surprised at the answer.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Detroit, MI

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, many opportunities to work

    Cons

    doesnt invest in developing skills with in , goes outside for hiring new talent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Technologies come and go, people with fundamentals is the strongest asset- cross train them into new technologies instead of hiring outside

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    not bad

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    not bad good salary; good relationship with teamates

    Cons

    uncomfortable schedule; no room to promote

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more wages!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
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