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Contractor at IBM

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Former Contractor - Software Test Engineer in Kirkland, WA
Former Contractor - Software Test Engineer in Kirkland, WA
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

I worked at IBM as a contractor (More than 5 years)

Pros

The people are smart and they know their jobs. Pleasure to work with

Cons

I have nothing bad to say about them

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. Helpful (3)

    Slow moving, stuck in the past, and full of neverending processes

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work from home was allowed at any time, no questions asked. No hour tracking or anyone making sure I was meeting quotas as long as I was getting my work done.

    Cons

    The team moved slowly, and individually. There was no sense of teamwork or camaraderie, only individuals with tasks. This was exacerbated by the fact that upper management was forcing the departments into Agile, which led to employees used to doing waterfall to simply do waterfall with iterations. Agile was used entirely as an hour tracking tool for the bosses to send angry emails every day based on their pointless charts, which were based on numbers that everyone was making up. As a 20something, being the only one in a sea of long time employees with the next youngest employee being in their 30s is a bit of a shock. The fact that IBM only hires college hires or internal makes for the young ones to want to leave, and the internals to result in an echo chamber where no one advances the team. To have to use a version control system whose last major update was in 1995 is insane and will scare off any new talent to a more modern company (where modern in this case could be someone using CVS...).

    Advice to Management

    Start upgrading your processes for the modern world. You are competing with the likes of Google, Facebook, and Amazon in talent acquisition, which means your processes need to be competitive as well.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Spouse of a formal IBMer

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in East Fishkill, NY
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in East Fishkill, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great and talented colleagues to work with

    Cons

    Unreasonable workload requests - prolonged working hours at night and in weekends; work-life balance is a joke. Incompetent management: assiged tasks were only useful to his own career goal rather than meaningful to the company or employee development. Constant layoffs. Lower pay, terrible benefits, and the company does not respect its employees. Short-sighted upper management.

    Advice to Management

    There is basically no cure to this rotten management system...


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