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Worst years of my career

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Telecommuting is available, its a paycheck

Cons

-Employee morale is very low
-Very small raises, none in recent years
-No training whatsoever
-Threat of layoffs, almost all jobs in my division have been offshored
-Constant changes in policy to cut every last penny. Im sure soon we will have to buy our own laptops.
-Everyone has a "Not my problem" attitude, very adversarial environment
-Too much red tape and endless unnecessary conference calls
-Review process is completely broken and ratings are usually based on whether or not you are in your managers inner circle
-Top performers are either leaving or giving up and just collecting a paycheck waiting to be laid off.
-Gloomy depressing atmosphere.
-Finally, you will never get even a hint that anything you do is appreciated.

Advice to Management

No need, they could care less

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Hardware Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Staff Hardware Engineer in Rochester, MN

    I have been working 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

    I have nothing good to say at this point

    Cons

    20% underpaid versus the market, pay freezes, bonuses are almost unheard of, all decisions are made based on the 2015 roadmap which means they are focused on reducing costs at all costs with no thought to the long-term ramifications

    Advice to Management

    Wake up, morale in both hardware and software is absolutely non existant. You've taken pretty much everything possible away (secretaries, supply cabinets, Thanks awards, snow removal from the parking lots, pensions, bonuses). Everyone I talk to on a regular basis is actively looking for other employment.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Racing towards mediocrity

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advisory Engineer in East Fishkill, NY
    Current Employee - Advisory Engineer in East Fishkill, NY

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People are incredibly talented, diverse workforce in every sense and opportunities abound. On the leading edge of technology.

    Cons

    Expect to continually be nickled and dimed to death regarding benefits. The new 401K change a perfect example. The "roadmap" inevitably means more squeezing of employees via cost cutting as it is apparent the company is not doing sufficient at growing revenue to meet their EPS target. The PBC system is terrible for morale and I say this as a manager who's dealt with it on both sides.

    Advice to Management

    Will take a massive paradigm shift from the RMAC level downwards before employees are back to being viewed as valuable resources rather than faceless expenses. Once the boomer generation of 25+ years have finally retired, expect turnover to be high as retention of new hires in the past 10 years has been continually poor.


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