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Disappointed every year

Advisory Software Engineer (Current Employee) Hortolândia (Brazil)

ProsBig and consolidated company, you kinda feel "safe" working for IBM.

ConsBig and consolidated company, you constantly feel as an "expendable asset"... it doesn't matter how important you are, the company will make clear that you can be easily replaced.

Besides that, (at least in Brazil), "manager" is a figurative position with no importance where usually people lacking competence sits and care only for the other incompetent and brown nosers.

IBM has this "yearly formal evaluation process" called PBC (personal business commitment) where you are graded from 4 (worst, you are probably gonna be fired) to 1 (top performer) which is subjective as hell (basically your manager will grade you whatever he wants based on how much he/she likes you. The problem is this rating dictates your opportunities inside the company, as example: if you are not rated 2+, you are not eligible to salary raises, certain training or opportunities.

Basically if your manager doesn't like you, he stalls your life/career for a whole year.

Advice to Senior ManagementStart recognizing those who can really make the difference to your department instead of those apple polishing and doing "extra work" while slacking on the core activity.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    Solid company, challenging to use resources effectively

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    I have been working at IBM


    Pros: Great people, respectful culture, decent compensation Cons: These great people each handle too small a piece Advice to Senior Management: More solution focused deal people vs brand focused More
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    GBS UK: A strange and confusing company with some strong points

    New Business Development (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than a year


    Pros: Big programs giving opportunities to learn Very sharp people, with skills not limited to… Cons: Slow moving Complacent Extremely difficult to get started: new hires are left on their own Success… Advice to Senior Management: Stop bureaucratic micromanagement, be strategic. If you can't spend real money on salaries,… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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