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Mostly good at BIG Blue

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Marketing Manager
Current Employee - Marketing Manager

I have been working at IBM

Doesn't Recommend
Approves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Approves of CEO

Pros

Good compensation and access to global resources and expertise

Cons

You are faceless, a number, a cog in the machine. Your opinion does not matter. IBM = I'm By Myself.

Advice to Management

Don''t just SAY you value employees--demonstrate it. "Do unto others..." etc.

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    Satisfied with Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Health, Vision, Dental benefits are decent. The 401k match is very good. Work life flexibility is good depending on what position you are in.

    Cons

    Outsourcing is a major concern. Management keeps many things hush hush from the general employees. Far more concerned with stock holders than employee satisfaction.

    Advice to Management

    Management should focus on employee satisfaction a bit more when earnings are so good. Not so many cuts are needed for good results.


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    IBM STL/SVL

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at IBM

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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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