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Not the same culture as silicon valley, but nice nonetheless

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Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer
Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer

I have been working at IBM full-time

Pros

Great work-life balance, flexibility, chance to work with very smart people. Allows creativity. People are generally very nice.

Cons

Salary/benefits not really competitive with Silicon Valley, and really not tied closely enough to performance. Still stuck in old habits, and hasn't really adapted to try to run with Silicon Valley. HR has too much power.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Try to compete with Google for talent. Work harder to incent performance.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent training - Lousy management

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    Former Employee - Sales Specialist
    Former Employee - Sales Specialist

    I worked at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Generally Smart People - good IBM value training that would be better if management also honored it.

    Cons

    Restructured 4 months after I started and cut pay by 20%. No formal notice from HR about the change - just the manager saying you are getting a "haircut". Management Bites - no humanity - just pushing spreadsheets. AVOID the HR Open Door "challenge" Program - it is used just to validate and protect the company - all is used against you. They sell you the benefits of it only. Products are mostly unfinished and turn into a "project" to get running at client sites.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People are not robots. Low level management has no clue about various industries they sell into... total joke.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    This is the worst-managed company I have ever worked for.

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    Former Employee - Advisory Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Advisory Software Engineer

    I worked at IBM full-time

    Pros

    There are still lots of smart people at IBM, and the company has enormous resources.

    Cons

    None of the smart people work in upper management. IBM is a company that is run as thouhg the only thing that matters is financial rewards for shareholders and upper management. Customers and employees are little more than an afterthought. Short-term decision making rules EVERYTHING. Employees work long hours with little hope of reward, other than not being on the next layoff list.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire yourselves and let some competent grown-ups run things.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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