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IBM STL/SVL

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Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

I have been working at IBM

Pros

Private offices.
Decent chance for advancement for new college hires.
Experienced knowledgeable people.
Great place to work for the best employees, you'll get trips, options and nice rewards.

Cons

Horrible place to work for an average employee.
Management moving more products to SVL and combining multiple people in offices
A lot of out-sourcing overseas (India/China).
For lab developing billions of $ worth of software amenities are very poor. Horrible cafeteria, library was removed to add space for mobile workers traveling to the lab.
In general at IBM, techies are not viewed as important. Driving customer sales and becoming a salesperson is required to rise in the ranks.
Many experienced people mean that they are long time residents of San Jose. Someone coming from out of state will be hard pressed to live comfortably for a long time unless they like a long commute. The basic management explanation is that you have to suffer for a while and you'll get rewarded later.
Promotions can be bad because of the PBC system. Common management thinking is that you get promoted when you do work above your band. However when you move into the next band you are assumed to be the lowest performer in the new band, and get a lower ranking. A lower ranking causes you to get a small (or no) bonus/raise. Management compensates for this by not promoting people until they are overpaid in their band, then when they get to the new band they can endure the penalty of the promotion.
Some people stay in bands and gobble up money/high appraisals because it is to their advantage. They do not want the additional work associated with a higher band and increased competition even though they are doing higher band work. Those people in the wrong band cause increased competition at lower bands making promotion more difficult and skewing the PBC rankings.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Promote people to their proper bands and evaluate them on their work. Comparison to peers is okay but it often taken to an extreme.
Throw away the bell curve, this isn't high school. IBM "recommendation" on PBC rankings is 10%, 80%, and 5% and 5%. Management takes that as fact and distributes the rankings exactly that way. Since 10% get a 3 and two 3's means your out, there is a "musical" three rotating around to satisfy the PBC rules but prevent people from getting laid-off. This doesn't motivate the average employees.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    the company lives quarter to quarter

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Comparable pay, great people to work with. Perks suck but great support for work life balance and continuous education. And of course the name.

    Cons

    IBM is a great place to work except that you can't say that consistently about them. It all depends on the quarter and the company that is supposed to "Think" is thinking by the quarter now inspite of its huge cash reserves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think a little long term and if you are anyway going to move all the jobs outside the country why not move the HQ as well?

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  2. 7 people found this helpful  

    Great place to gain experience if you want to be an "Identical Blue Men"

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Sales Manager

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    wealth of knowledge and decent products
    Many different jobs to gain experience and build a resume

    Cons

    Only a selected very political few will ever rise to the upper echelons of IBM where you can make decent money. IBM executives are not sole selected based off of skill and talent. How well you play the game will determine you potential as an executive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    cut 2/3 of the Management overhead and make this a place that truly values its employees and pays for performance. When you have the bulk of your Director and VP level titles with no direct line management reports, that should tell you something.

    Disapproves of CEO
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