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Current Employee - UNIX Administrator  in  Dubuque, IA
Current Employee - UNIX Administrator in Dubuque, IA

I have been working at IBM as a contractor for more than 3 years

Pros

Lots of work to do, I have a good manager and he has a pretty good manager and he has a pretty good manager and he has an OK manager, and they all recognize someone who is good at their job.

Cons

You notice I mentioned there are four layers of management noticeably interacting with the technical team? Also one of the downsides of such a big company is you might not get a job one of the good managers. From that, it's almost like working for a different company. HR is a big iron wall that nobody seems to be able to move one way or the other.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Unfortunately, I can't think of a better way to do it. It sucks to work at a company that regularly fires and then hires thousands of people at a time, but that might be the only way to turn out the problem employees, but it's not like congregating with ex-employees is encouraged.

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No opinion of CEO

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  1.  

    Had it's up's and down's but the trip has been well worth it!!!!

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    Current Employee - Project Engineering Manager  in  Hopewell, NY
    Current Employee - Project Engineering Manager in Hopewell, NY

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    - IBM Corporate culture is geared towards continual improvement and collaboration.
    - Many, many, growth opportunities exist withing the company.
    - Evolutionary innovation exists at IBM
    - Large corporate IP portfolio which to build from

    Cons

    - East Fishkill culture is gravely flawed, lack of ownership and vision!!!
    - Hardware division lacks revolutionary innovation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This advice is for project managers, upline to the senior VPs.
    When reviewing a project upon completion, do not make observations where the team needs to improve punitive.
    If the result of a project review is to move the organization forward, it is imperative that trust and honesty is built into the culture. Unfortunately the unspoken message in East Fishkill is mistakes are detrimental to advancement/career.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    IBM Senior Management no longer values the individual or customers. Avoid at all costs.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    *Work from home
    *Management is hands off
    *Can't say much more for the positives, honestly was a stretch to put the above down.

    Cons

    *Management is dishonest
    *No Career Growth
    *Draconian treatment of employees
    *No respect for the individual, or work life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Forget about the EPS target (also known as "Roadkill 2015"), and return to investing in our employees and customers. Short term personal gain for the executives should not be the primary concern for IBM... in fact it will be the death of an American Icon if not corrected very quickly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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