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Outstanding company with great career development opportunities

Senior Consultant (Former Employee)
Denver, CO

ProsIBM 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.

ConsProgression 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 Senior ManagementContinue 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Stayed too long. Much better work elsewhere.

    Senior Software Engineer Manager (Former Employee)
    Austin, TX

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


    Pros: IBM's salary and benefits relatively speaking are better than average despite the annual increases in employee contributions. IBM has well defined processes in the… Cons: IBM has lost its shine. I am certain that Thomas Watson continues to turn in his grave as to what has happened to his… Advice to Senior Management: I have been at IBM long enough to have numerous middle managers. None of them do a decent job with people management and their… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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    Great company to work for over the years.

    Service Delivery Manager (Current Employee)
    Denver, CO

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


    Pros: Company does a great job of training its employees. Cons: Company has lost respect for the individual. Advice to Senior Management: Regain the respect you use to have for the individual. Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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