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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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    A learning experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior IT Specialist in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior IT Specialist in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    IBM brand name is well recognised in the industry. There are lots of diverse and exciting opportunities.
    I was able to move across the country with IBM. Great group of coworkers.

    Cons

    Utilization targets for GBS throw work-life balance in a tizzy. IBM's raises and bonuses are ludicrous. Finding opportunities within IBM is dependent on strength of your network.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    > 10 Years in Finance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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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