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All work and no play makes IBM the place for you.

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Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Miami, FL
Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Miami, FL

I have been working at IBM

Pros

IBM has some outstanding consultants and can do almost any project from business outsourcing through strategy/management consulting. IBM is extremely broad and most people can find a place for themselves.

Cons

IBM GBS is wrought with politics. Even though IBM can do so many things ranging from software to hardware and finally services, getting the groups to work together is extremely difficult. It is even hard within Services to get different Service Lines to work together. Partners tend to worry too much about how their group is looking and not look out for the overall good of the company. Additionally, when in global services, you never feel safe. You feel that you could be layed off (resource actioned) out at any point in time. Throughout this year, I have known a considerable number of top performers RA'ed due to billable numbers, and not need.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Don't always run the group on pure numbers. Just because someone is not "billable" check to see if they are helping IBM out in other ways (i.e. closing sales, etc.)

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a job

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Decent bennies at ok salary for regular employees (for others, it's a completely different story). Flexibility of working from home was good. Some of the technologies being used are up-to-date; others are clearly legacy.

    Cons

    The hardware market is shrinking for a company like IBM, and also the company is moving technical work offshore as quickly as possible. Don't get trapped in a dead end position, or think that this place will offer a career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The employees have a tremendous amout of cynicism about management, and are tired of being whipped, exploited and lied to. Productivity falls significantly when using global teams. But nobody thinks you care.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    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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