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Exciting technology and culture but not for Americans

Senior IT Specialist (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

ProsThe 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

ConsOne 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 Senior ManagementBe 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...

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    3 people found this helpful  

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

    Test Engineer (Former Employee) 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… 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… Advice to Senior Management: 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… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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    Not a great place to work or grow

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    I have been working at IBM


    Pros: Intelligent and great people but some are stagnant in their… Cons: Lack of leadership and growth opportunities. Advice to Senior Management: Communicate a common vision, mission to your teams and recognize your top contributes with rewards - monetary… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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