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Large career mistake...

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • 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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    Current Employee - Senior IT Specialist in Arlington, VA

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    Cons

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    Lots of opportunity, flexibility and good people, but upper management seems to always be after you.

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    Current Employee - Advisory Engineer in Hopewell Junction, NY
    Current Employee - Advisory Engineer in Hopewell Junction, NY

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Growth opportunity
    Work flexibility (location,hours) and freedom
    Lower-to-mid management tends to be pretty good

    Cons

    Forced-curve ratings hinder development teams in a constant effort to shift engineering jobs overseas. Salary growth low to non-existent. Every new year comes with its new set of decrees worsening your working conditions. So while objectively there are some really good jobs to be had - the FEELING is that your company hates you.

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    Think how to make your employees FEEL good about the company before all that's good about IBM disappears.

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