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Brainy and resilient techies, weak middle management.

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Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Hopewell Junction, NY
Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Hopewell Junction, NY

I have been working at IBM

Pros

Excellent place to start your professional carrier.
Great opportunities in advancing your management carrier if you’re a female or a minority.
Worthwhile grand vision by CEO and his office.

Cons

Zero accountability: if a manager or lead professional fails, s/he gets promoted.
Weak middle-level leaders multiplie and accumulate; often special, useless positions are created to accommodate them.
CEO grand vision has difficulty finding real leaders (managers and professionals alike) who are able and empowered in advancing it to reality.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop appointing failed or inexperienced professionals into leadership positions because they begged for it for several years.
Provide clear level of accountability, especially, for middle-level leadership positions.

Approves of CEO

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    No job security

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    Former Employee - Managing Consultant
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Opportunity to network with many consultants
    Competetive Salary
    Good Benefits

    Cons

    Poor bonus program
    They recruit surplus amount of consultants when there is market is good and through you out ruthlessly when there is no need due to market conditions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't recruit too many consultants when you know that you are going to layoff them for sure at some point of time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    IBM STG is good for computer engineers, hardware engineers and physicists but not good for computer science engineers.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hopewell Junction, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hopewell Junction, NY

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Place for discovering innovation. Plenty of opportunities to move within STG for good-fit. Many opportunities to learn new technologies and contribute to the same.

    Cons

    STG's primary business model is to make and sell hardware products - high end servers/data storage/mid range server/storage. This makes it hard to change course midway.
    STG is not a good fit for computer science professionals (e.g. BS or MS in CS).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should either create opportunities and/or openings for those who are already in STG to (by finding a niche and supporting software based solutions) and are software professionals, OR, identify a pipeline to transition such people into Software Group. Because, STG as it is employs such professionals but does not offer appropriate career growth opportunities for them (long term).

    Approves of CEO
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