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The most miserable 4 years of my career

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Former Employee - Risk Manager  in  Dallas, TX
Former Employee - Risk Manager in Dallas, TX

I worked at IBM full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

It's a job, but little to no satisfaction involved

Cons

IBM bought my previous employer's company, during the following 4 years all took at least a 12% pay cut, or more. I ended up doing the same job that I did previously, my email load doubled to 100+ a day, Most of my time was spent navigating IBM bureaucracy, I just couldn't get things done without numerous conference calls and emails.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Cut the bureaucracy, measure the right things.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Fine if you survive the offshoring; if you are a US employee, don't expect to

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    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst  in  Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Boulder, CO

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Best for new hires fresh out of college these days; or workers in cheap foreign countries

    Cons

    No loyalty to anything but their stock price through at least 2015
    10+ years of dedication as a top performer netted little if any raises in last 7 years
    Prepare for more cutbacks and offshoring
    Friends who were 2 years short of retirement laid off and denied pension
    Survivors left wondering when the axe will hit them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top execs, your shameful treatment of loyal employees, offshoring their jobs to anywhere cheaper, all in the name of propping up the stock price is going to bite you. Customer satisfaction is plummeting as foreign workers quickly jump ship to the next best paying thing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    IBM stinks. They must be hiring people to leave good reviews here.

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Austin, TX

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some people are ok to work with.

    Cons

    Lots of lifers here.

    If you are in engineering, salaries are below industry averages.

    Constant layoffs. You're never safe, especially if you are a top performer.

    Insulting raises and bonuses for many extra hours worked.

    1st line management is incompetent. I had one good manager in my four years.

    Boring products. IBM has a follower mentality and great at making product clones. They simply acquire or copy successful products and leverage the IBM brand recognition. As an example, my VP gave our product team 90 days to reproduce HP's cloud management offering just so we could have a similar product in the market and get a few customers. LAME!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit ,so someone with real creativity and customer empathy can be brought in, 'cause ex-sales people just don't cut it as CEO (Palmisano and now Rometty).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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