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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.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    > 10 Years in Finance

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    A mixed bag but overall, heading in the wrong direction

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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