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> 10 Years in Finance

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Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Somers, NY
Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Somers, NY

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

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

IBM is a good place to get your career started.
Given the breadth of IBMs business, you can get broad experience in technology if you move through software, hardware, and/or services. However, it will take several years to get valuable experience in more than one of those groups.
Compared to other tech firms, if you are a good performer, employment is stable in tough economic times. They do lay-off, but tend to do a small number of pruning, vs. large reactionary layoffs.

Cons

It is bureaucratic.
Lots of room to grow for early professionals, but almost none for mid-carer and up.
Requires unhealthy dedication to get to upper employee bands or executive appointment. . . and as life goes, this coincides generally when people have small kids. So you choice is be a rockstar IBM employee, or have a family life whose main theme is your not around and your career is the central family priority.
Raises have never been good, but lately the average percentage for the finance organization is 1%. So while they have a theory of meritocracy, if you only have 1% to divide up, it is hard to reward anyone.
The bonus program is billed as up to 12% annually, but practically speaking, it is in the 3-5%. 5% being a very good year.

Advice to Management

Employee moral is low, you cannot grow the business with people that feel undervalued. For the average employee, there is no incentive system.

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  1. Used to be good

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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 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    brand recognition - when i joined in the 90's i would have rated the company a 5 star ... now 2 at best and probably a one..

    Cons

    Treatment of employees, PBC process, lack of incentives

    Advice to Management

    must streamline the mgt layers

  2. Helpful (2)

    A mixed bag but overall, heading in the wrong direction

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    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Atlanta, GA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    broad resources to leverage for any assignment , reasonable pay, benefits historically excellent

    Cons

    benefits slowly going down the drain, constant US resource actions leading to extremely overworked people left (now you have to be billable at least 125-145% of the time just to be considered "average") extremely unfair rewards system (advertise that they "reward performance" but reality is, rewards are extremely limited so most who "perform" are definitely NOT rewarded due to the inadequate forced curve. Innovation is possible at IBM, but definitely an uphill battle. Most business units are purely interested in staffing their opps and nothing more--you will have to fight LONG and HARD to get anything new seriously considered--but, it IS possible at least.

    Advice to Management

    Your manaical focus on your shareholders is ruining this company--slowly, but surely. There's no advice I can really give, because you aren't interested in anything else, despite what you tell clients IBM is all about. It's a shame to watch this historically great American company sinking with respect to delivering real value to customers.

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