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Outstanding company with great career development opportunities

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  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Denver, CO
Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Denver, CO

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

Pros

IBM offers a wide-range of challenging work with many opportunities to shift laterally within the organization throughout your career. IBM is a great place to start a career because of the opportunity for recent graduates to work with Fortune 100 clients on high profile projects. The IBM culture is particularly collaborative as well. IBMers are generally very capable, smart individuals who work hard and are great colleagues. The best part of IBM are the IBMers who work there.

Cons

Progression and promotions can be a bit slow. IBM is careful to avoid promoting people too quickly and uses a variety of controls to ensure that only those who are already performing at the next level get promoted. For young talent this may be a drawback because advancement seems to be encumbered by bureaucracy. However, IBM is working to streamline these processes to make career development more flexible.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Continue streamlining HR processes (career development processes, specifically). Give first line managers more flexibility and power to keep top talent. IBM does a good job of keeping the workforce in the top 50-80th percentile, however the ability to keep the top 20% (at least in the consulting business) is limited. In my time with IBM the top 20% were more likely to leave. I attribute this to an inability or unwillingness to dynamically adjust pay, promotions, and career opportunities commensurate with performance. IBM relies too much on employee loyalty and its many other strong employer brand qualities, rather than offering market competitive pay.

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    Good place to lean

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    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexibility and good company to grow internally since it has a lot of differet career tracks

    Cons

    Pace might be slow at times.

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    Great job, but no advancement opportunities or work-life balance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in California City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in California City, CA

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Colleagues are awesome, work content is challenging and interesting, ability to work at home, great interaction with clients, lots of potential to move around business units at the company

    Cons

    20 hour work days and weekends are the norm for managers due to global team structure, expectations are total work overload, lack of work life balance, positions are not back-filled as promised, annual raises are pathetic or non-existent, requirements for advancement are ambiguous or poorly communicated, bottom line thinking prevails such that only sales related efforts are rewarded monetarily

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall change to the career advancement mechanisms and "pool of money" compensation review processes and incentive structures; closer attention to team staffing models: global team concept versus healthy lifestyles for your employees

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