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Exciting technology and culture but not for Americans

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Current Employee - Senior IT Specialist in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Senior IT Specialist in Seattle, WA

I have been working at IBM

Pros

The rate of adoption of collaboration tools internally ( blogs, Lotus Connections , wikis ) has been astonishing and has led to an exciting work culture.
IBM is working on a lot of exciting technologies in a variety of markets.
Ability to work from home is a huge plus

Cons

One of the biggest issues at IBM is the insistence on having a "face to face" role if your position is to remain in the US or Europe. The emphasis of on off-shoring positions to BRIC countries has been a multi-year effort. Procurement, HR, payroll, as well as 1st, 2nd, and now 3rd line support are all being or have been moved to lower labor-cost countries. The message is clear that if you want to have a long tenure in a 1st world country with IBM, you need to be in a direct customer-contact role (e.g. sales, consulting ) otherwise it can be done from a variety of other locations...

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Be more upfront about actual prospects for mid-career professionals in IBM who may not want the "live on the road" lifestyle that appears to be the only option anymore for IBMers living in the US/Canada or Western Europe...

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work, but you have to know how to play the politics game

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    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    You can go as far as you want at IBM. There are so many opportunities to get recognized from a technical standpoint that don't move through your management chain, so nobody can take credit for your work. IBM rewards employees for submitting patents, for presenting ideas that make sense, etc.

    Cons

    You have to know how to play the politics game. Managers can play favorites, and make sure those favorites are being promoted, getting interesting work assignments, etc. Sometimes the only solution is to punt and look for opportunity under another management chain. Also, IBM still has the "Employee for Life" attitude, and think nothing of keeping an employee at an entry-level position for 5 or more years, and at a staff position for the rest of their careers. In a lot of technology based companies, employees do not stick around 5 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop giving employees the "we don't have money for raises or variable pay" story, while at the same time collecting the huge performance-based bonuses you do. If we all did well, then we all deserve some reward. That was the agreement when we hired on.

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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a great place to work or grow

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Intelligent and great people but some are stagnant in their roles and just passing time!

    Cons

    Lack of leadership and growth opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate a common vision, mission to your teams and recognize your top contributes with rewards - monetary or otherwise. Understand what motivates each team member to create passion for the organization!

    Doesn't Recommend
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