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Generally poor company to work for - many more cons than listed

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Washington, DC

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

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Work from home, IBMr's seem professional and knowledgable.

Cons

Poor management structure - matrix no one can figure out who actually is accountable or in charge. Incredibly pitiful (complex, difficult to use, myriad of security and login features, etc. etc) internal business and HR types processes, procedures for employee everyday use. Unbelieveably poor support for employees on their computers and software. My boss was without his computer for about 3 weeks - the employees computer is required for access to everything they need for our work. I personally lost my Lotus Notes (required e-mail system) for 5 business days with no way to get to it accept drive to an office and login on a walk-up station. Lotus Notes owned by IBM is a far weaker e-mail system than MS Outlook. Lotus Notes and all other internal software and systems are very cumbersome and not user friendly.

IBM has recently made many moves to cut costs at the employees expense and loss of productivity. It is truely a self service organization. There is constant pressure to improve your utilization (a term used for maximizing billable hours). Managment pressures many ways to not take your vacation, holidays, etc to improve your utilization - its part of the culture.

IBM in the last month announced they are going to withhold 401k contributions to the end of the year (netting IBM a very large $10's of millions in time value of money/interest) and not funding those that aren't still with IBM by Dec 15th of any given year. A quick analysis of this - nets IBM $84 Million annually +/- 50%.

IBM is willing to try to market themselves in many areas they really have limited or no knowledge or expertise in (many areas of the "Smarter Planet"). Personally witnessed this from involvement in many marketing efforts. IBM uses high dollar marketing executives who are very capable but limited knowledge of the basics in the markets they are persuing.

IBM's acquisition process can in many instances slash/trash and burn acquired companies. The company I worked for was purchased and has in a few years been basically put out of business - former company employees laid off, attrition seeing the handwritting on the wall with very few survivors.

Enough said.....

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Advice to Management

Read the Cons and do something about these practices before IBM declines.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Everything is a moving target

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Compliance Analyst in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Compliance Analyst in Boulder, CO

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You can work in many different areas quickly
    Compensation, while not at the top is decent and the benefits are top notch
    Can work with people all around the world

    Cons

    Very low morale
    Management is always looking for ways to cut costs & employees must do more with less
    Has already been through LEAN and most positions are in management sights to offshore from US

  2. Helpful (1)

    It pays the bills, sort of.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Somers, NY
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Somers, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you're good and have a compelling reason they'll eventually let you work from home (granted all career progression will stop at that point but it's nice to work from home).

    Cons

    They'll work you like a donkey and then pay you peanuts.

    And you quickly learn that even if you're a top performer you shouldn't expect any type of reward or meaningful increase in compensation because it isn't coming.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to keep top talent you have to actually give them an incentive to stay.

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