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Solution Architect perspective

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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Solution Architect  in  São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
Current Employee - Solution Architect in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

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

Pros

Medical Assistance, Odontological Assistance, Private Pension Plan, Mobility (Home-Office), Solid Enterprise

Cons

Salary, Promotions, Recognize,Worklife Balance, PLR

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    IBM overall is a great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Executive
    Current Employee - Client Executive

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

    Pros

    IBM are good at ratings and feedback to provide the employee with knowledge about how they are performing and how they could improve. This system will root out those not suited to being an IBMer and they tend to leave the company, which raises the average calibre of staff. Training is excellent and support is always available. High standards of working practice and managerial behaviour keeps employees happy and retains staff. True work life balance can be achieved at IBM and senior banded employees diarise their own time to work around personal commitments.

    Cons

    Salary is an issue and I have seen many excellent IBMers leave the company because they can achieve significantly higher salaries elsewhere. Also, there is no pro-active 121 help with career advancement and I have lost count of the number of times a manager has told me that it is the individual's responsibility to further their own career, but this is very difficult in a company the size of IBM, since you need help from other people to advance. If you are female and planning to take time out to have a family, be prepared for your career to stagnate, there is no mechanism in IBM to give women returning to work a leap forward and this can be very demoralising.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase base salaries before you lose some of the great talent the company has spent years nurturing. Implement a managed back to work boost service from HR for women returning to work after having a baby.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Massive company and resources, that unfortunately nobody seems to be able to leverage.

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Executive  in  Markham, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Project Executive in Markham, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    - Vast amount of technical and non-technical resources
    - Access to a large amount of on-line training (forget classroom due to budget cutbacks)
    - Location Flexibility (work at home, cottage, etc)
    - Fast paced company (if you like that kind of thing) and definitely looks good on your resume
    - A wide variety of technical and non-technical jobs to find your niche

    Cons

    - Finance runs the company to the point of non-sensibility
    - No value of staff or motivation to retain talent. Contractors are downright abused.
    - Matrix management (everyone is your manager) especially the 'profile holding' structure is horrid in terms of your annual performance rating (ie: person rating you has no real direct involvement in your day-to-day activities)
    - Pay is terrible. No overtime pay for anyone; yet overtime is expected. This is true for pretty much all levels of full-time employees. Contractors are hired and forced time-off (furlough) regularly to meet finance directives.
    - Benefits are mediocre.
    - Offshoring of local resources is rapidly increasing to overseas Delivery Centers; there will be little onshore talent left unless IBM's customers specifically demand so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Treat your employees with respect. Attract talent, not drive it away.
    - Respect and leverage the local resources *smartly* to reduce cost; rather than shipping everything overseas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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