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A learning experience

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  • Senior Management
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)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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.

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  1. Used to be good

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    Former Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    brand recognition - when i joined in the 90's i would have rated the company a 5 star ... now 2 at best and probably a one..

    Cons

    Treatment of employees, PBC process, lack of incentives

    Advice to Management

    must streamline the mgt layers


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    > 10 Years in Finance

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    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


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