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Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

I worked at IBM part-time (Less than a year)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Great company with great opportunities.

Cons

Too many people here, sometimes it could be a problem.

Advice to Management

Establish efficient channels of communication.

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Chaotic work environment ruled by executive compensation metrics

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of very smart people
    The technical teams are willing to share knowledge and information
    Access to a wide variety of market and technology areas

    Cons

    The company is ruled by Earnings per Share, the metric that the Executives are compensated by
    There are way too many Executive level people.
    Non-executive people are compensated based on the company's revenue.
    Revenue is declining so the Executives constantly cut expenses to keep EPS high so THEY can get compensation
    Every year or so a new set of management comes in and completely changes the strategy. Then the technical people have to clean up the broken glass from the previous regime and try to shift to the new strategy.
    None of these strategies use a keep-it-simple approach. In true IBM fashion the product plans attempt to do everything for everyone and end up doing nothing well.

    Advice to Management

    Bring back "Respect for the Individual"
    Use the same compensation metric for everyone - we all feast of famine together
    Simplify our product plans. Do one thing really well, and then move to the next.
    Reduce the levels of management.

  2. Helpful (2)

    Interesting experience years back -> sweat shop today.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Global environment, lots of interesting work, working from home

    Cons

    Workin from home makes you compete in a global market. This is good if you live in a low cost country, bad if you live in a major city

    Advice to Management

    Doing more with less should be about process and tool improvements, not about employees doing more for less

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