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IBM is a terrible place to work

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Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Phoenix, AZ
Current Employee - Program Manager in Phoenix, AZ

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

Pros

There is no Pros to being a US-based IBM employee.

Cons

No valid career plans, no raises, no emphasis on customers. Employees are left hanging in front of customers with no management support. The goal is to eliminate all US jobs, and to make it as uncomfortable as possible for US employees.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Start concentrating and listening to customers instead of always concentrating on internal IBM affairs.

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Consulting practice at GBS is a terrible place to be if you are an experienced hire

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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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Good connections/exposure at the C level in large corporations
    Opportunity for travel based on available assignments

    Cons

    There is tremendous pressure on sales team to meet quotas - so consulting engagements are always over sold and over promised.
    Once the contract is signed the sales team moves on to sell the next engagement. The sales teams incentives seem to be based on sales numbers and not on project delivery or profitablity. The delivery team instead is measured on client satisfaction and profitability, making it very challenging in all oversold assignments.
    This over promising of assignments together with a team that is mostly average or mediocre performers puts a lot of pressure on experienced hires to deliver - thus most client engagements end up being 60 to 80 hours a week including weekend work to meet the client expectations.
    The available technical talent at GBS is made up of a limited number of star performers and a large majority of average or mediocre performers. Most GBS projects have an abundance of contract employees from other staff augmentation firms. There is no control on the quality or delivery of these contract consultants. GBS Partners are ok with this arrangement as long as there is a mark up that is being made from the contract employees.
    A very small percentage of star performers stay back to attempt at promotions, a large majority just move on after getting burnt out in a couple of years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tie GBS sales bonuses with delivery and profitability measurements.
    Stop being bureacratic in all your processes. Even the process of promotions is enough to turn off the most committed employee.
    Understand what work and life balance really means and make sure the partners know how to apply this across all employees in the field.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    An okay place

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of great products and a wide variety of positions. You have the opportunity to travel and even work in countries all around the world.

    Cons

    Company has changed a lot in 20 years. It used to be a great, fun place to work. Now, however, the entire company is run by accountants. Not nearly the creative freedom that use to be there. The Wild Duck is extinct.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust the employees to do the right thing. Fire 80% of the accountants. Even the lawyers are better to work with than the accountants now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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