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Very large corporate business style with some employee friendly benefits

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Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

I worked at IBM full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

-Flexible schedule depending on manager. Able to work from home sometimes.
-Large number of vacation days and holidays that are instantly available (Don't have to wait to accrue)
-Well developed business practices with regards to software development.

Cons

-Lots of legacy code.
-While the processes are good to prevent bad code, it sometimes means slow software development cycles.
-Many levels of management can stifle innovation.
-Small semi-annual layoffs

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Make the company more attractive and exciting to young smart engineers before all the older employees retire and take all their decades of knowledge with them.

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  1. The experience was a good one. I enjoyed working at the company

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    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Denver, CO

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The flexiblity of working from home was invaluable

    Cons

    Work never ended. You are always on.

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    Work life balance

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    IBM: The ongoing decline of a once-great company

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    The name recognition still carries some weight worldwide. Also, the Watson commercials are pretty cool. Back in the day, no other company treated it employees better. Emphasis, of course, on "back in the day".

    Cons

    Job security has become an oxymoron; just ask the hundreds of people who were just let go as part of IBM's latest resource action/workforce remix/whatever. They actually called us "Surplus Employees" back during the Great Purge of 1993 (two decades from to what's being done now) Evidently, people run a distant second to profits in today's IBM environment...

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    Maybe you should rename the company "IB". After all, you do lots of "International Business" these days but don't seem to manufacture "Machines" anymore. I could also recommend treating your remaining employees humanely and fairly, but I have my doubts you'll even read this anyway...

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