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Large career mistake...

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Team Leader in Atlanta, GA
Former Employee - Team Leader in Atlanta, GA

I worked at IBM full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

At least where I worked, job was fairly stable likely due to industry(security). I was never in fear of losing my job.

Cons

Nothing but lateral promotions...the concept of monetary raises for promotions does not exist at IBM...literally you will not get a raise or on the off chance you are deemed irreplaceable the most "out of band" raise I have ever seen was 6% and this was for someone very important to crucial projects.

IBM is not on the cutting edge of anything, they acquire companies who are and then pretend it's their innovation at work. They rely on people unfamiliar with the industry of these acquisitions to manage the resources/sell the products, after stripping them down to bare bones level...

Advice to ManagementAdvice

IBM Managers already know...every one I spoke to was very candid about how tied their hands are with any HR functions and just keep showing up to work to pay their bills. This is not a career place, it was literally eat at you from the inside until you finally realize 20 years later you have no marketable skills left.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Tucson, AZ

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

    Pros

    Pay was decent. benefits were good.

    Cons

    Not a growing organization so there is not a lot of potential to move up. A lot of older people who are not open to new ideas and are threatened by younger people. Not much teamwork. Everyone is out for themselves and vie to make each other look bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Probably too late to turn things around.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    A mid-life crisis waiting to happen

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    Former Employee - GBS Public Sector Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - GBS Public Sector Consultant in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Good compensation
    Job security
    Widespread geographic options
    Clear paths of promotion

    Cons

    Boring
    Cookie-cutter projects
    Older employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be some stronger unification of IBM employees within the company, so they feel they're part of something important. IBM seemed uninspiring as a larger entity, and just a safe way to spend 9-5.

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