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10 people found this helpful  

Long term employee...recently retired

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  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Program Manager in Boulder, CO
Former Employee - Program Manager in Boulder, CO

I worked at IBM

Pros

None...Used to be a great company to work for but not any longer.

Cons

Pay raises of 1% or 2% every few years drives newer employees away. Unfortunately the respect for the individual that was IBM's creed has vanished. Used to be the Flagship company to work for however now just another large multinational that most new hires stay on for 5 years and then move on.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Salary plan is so skewed to the executive level that the execs have lost touch with the folks that really keep the business running..

Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great place for the complacent

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    IBM has been around longer than any other IT company and for good reason -- it hires some of the best and brightest people in the industry, and the senior management isn't completely dumb. Benefits of working at IBM include great flexibility (results-oriented environment), liberal view of technologies (you can bring your own Mac or smartphone to use at work, and no websites are ever blocked), and a decent benefits package including automatic 401k contribution, 100% match up to 6%, and free access to financial planners. The senior management hasn't completely screwed up -- the company is turning a healthy profit and those who haven't been laid off have not seen a salary cut.

    Cons

    This isn't your father's IBM. There's no paternal feeling anymore where the company would take care of the employees from cradle to grave. The pension is gone. Salary is middle of the road. Promotions, for young people, are hard to come by due to lack of attrition by older workers. To be a rock star, you really have to have a "sponsor" and be in the right place at the right time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pinning people down in the lower bands is going to bite management in the rear once the job market starts recovering.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Frustrated with affirmative action

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Hardware Engineer in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Staff Hardware Engineer in Durham, NC

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    The best reason to work for IBM is it's a company everyone has heard of and will look good on your resume when apply for a new job.

    Cons

    In the area where I work IBM has pushed affirmative action too far. There are all kinds of support groups for women and minorities, and if you are a woman or a minority you can expect someone in upper management to mentor you and help you get promoted. If you are a white man, good luck. A minority doing the same level of work as a white man can expect to be at least one band higher if not more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IBM needs to focus more on merit based promotions and merit based pay. It's very frustrating to be doing the same level of work as someone at a higher band level and have no chance of a promotion simply because you're the wrong gender or ethnicity.

    Disapproves of CEO
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