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Former Intern - ETI Intern
Former Intern - ETI Intern

I worked at IBM as an intern (Less than a year)

Recommends
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

You get to work with the best brains. There is ample freedom given and you have proper hierarchy to work with. Managers are usually helpful and you can Work From Home.

Cons

Because of the hierarchy, the progress in any project is usually slow. It is not as competitive a company as it use to be before and is being overtaken by other companies.

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Raleigh, NC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    IBM is a highly participatory environment. Everyone seems to be included in everything which tends to make meetings massive and frequent. There's a deceptive lack of structure and formality about most things so you're free to do your job with a great deal of latitude in how you do it. There is still plenty of older hands who know how to get things done vis a vis the organization

    Cons

    You will probably never see a pay increase, ever. It's possible you'll get a token bonus of 1% every decade but other than that, no. There's always some excuse; the economy is bad, the sector is bad, the industry is bad, you're too far above the midpoint, someone missed their numbers, blah blah blah. Which is fine, except you still have to go through this silly review process where your goals and statements were handed to you by first line management and then you have to write a term paper defending every trivial item on it. There is essentially NO job movement. None. You have to be able find your own replacement to move even laterally and that person has to find theirs and so on. Organizationally if you wind up in a staff role or servicing IBM's own business to itself you can count on spending most of your time in meetings talking about meetings to plan meetings which will be intended to gather information on which to discuss further meetings. To sum up it's "Office Space" meets the Soviet Union.

    Advice to Management

    It would be refreshing to hear Sr Management just admit to the worker bees they really don't care whether they live or die or how good or bad a job they do as long as they contribute to the fiefdoms they oversee. What matters is process uber alles. At least we'd all know openly what we already suspect.


  2. Brand Sales Executive

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    Current Employee - Brand Account Executive
    Current Employee - Brand Account Executive

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    IBM has a well known brand and lots of resources to tap into. Salary & Benefits are ok compared to other smaller technology companies I have worked.

    Cons

    Highly matrixed burocratic organization that has lost track of what is important. As a sofware sales executive there is constant threat that the services side of the business can take over your business. Many of the field sales team has lost the art of sales and just rely on IBM brand to close business.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to building systems and processes that are more fexible to the individial employees. Also replace Lotus Notes


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