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Stagnant salaries, top-down approach to research, management without technical expertise

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Current Employee - Research Staff Member  in  New York, NY
Current Employee - Research Staff Member in New York, NY

I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

There are some top-quality researchers here, especially those left over from when this was a world-class research organization. Working with those people can be very rewarding.

Cons

More recent hires are very much focused on areas related to current management buzzwords such as smarter-this or agile-that, and tend not to be very strong. A lot of the senior management believes it has the "vision" necessary to micro-manage the work of research staff. As a result, the people who can find other jobs bolt. What remains are the dregs. There is also huge pressure to bring in government contracts, whether or not the contracted work has technical value.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Think a little bit about what you know, and what you don't.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Racing towards mediocrity

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    Current Employee - Advisory Engineer  in  East Fishkill, NY
    Current Employee - Advisory Engineer in East Fishkill, NY

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 10 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A mid-life crisis waiting to happen

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - GBS Public Sector Consultant  in  Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - GBS Public Sector Consultant in Arlington, VA

    I worked at IBM as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Good compensation
    Job security
    Widespread geographic options
    Clear paths of promotion

    Cons

    Boring
    Cookie-cutter projects
    Older employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be some stronger unification of IBM employees within the company, so they feel they're part of something important. IBM seemed uninspiring as a larger entity, and just a safe way to spend 9-5.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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