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Big blue, little you

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Current Employee - Systems Service Representative in Wichita, KS
Current Employee - Systems Service Representative in Wichita, KS

I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

Professional coworkers, best benefits package I've ever seen, very good job security, large support structure - everyone's connected, IBM-ers stick together.

Cons

Poor leadership, pay raises are a foreign concept, and advancement opportunities look more like a career change.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Show your employees you care by helping them take care of their families, and lead your workers; don't just manage them.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Rochester, MN

    I worked at IBM as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun environment, Nice coworkers, Innovative company

    Cons

    The location was not my favorite

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    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Consulting practice at GBS is a terrible place to be if you are an experienced hire

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    Former Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in New York, NY

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good connections/exposure at the C level in large corporations
    Opportunity for travel based on available assignments

    Cons

    There is tremendous pressure on sales team to meet quotas - so consulting engagements are always over sold and over promised.
    Once the contract is signed the sales team moves on to sell the next engagement. The sales teams incentives seem to be based on sales numbers and not on project delivery or profitablity. The delivery team instead is measured on client satisfaction and profitability, making it very challenging in all oversold assignments.
    This over promising of assignments together with a team that is mostly average or mediocre performers puts a lot of pressure on experienced hires to deliver - thus most client engagements end up being 60 to 80 hours a week including weekend work to meet the client expectations.
    The available technical talent at GBS is made up of a limited number of star performers and a large majority of average or mediocre performers. Most GBS projects have an abundance of contract employees from other staff augmentation firms. There is no control on the quality or delivery of these contract consultants. GBS Partners are ok with this arrangement as long as there is a mark up that is being made from the contract employees.
    A very small percentage of star performers stay back to attempt at promotions, a large majority just move on after getting burnt out in a couple of years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tie GBS sales bonuses with delivery and profitability measurements.
    Stop being bureacratic in all your processes. Even the process of promotions is enough to turn off the most committed employee.
    Understand what work and life balance really means and make sure the partners know how to apply this across all employees in the field.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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