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Bad place to works; treats employees like pawns

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Current Employee - Global Business Services - Band 8 (Manager)  in  Herndon, VA
Current Employee - Global Business Services - Band 8 (Manager) in Herndon, VA

I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

Company has a great history. The opportunities are good if you have a responsive Band 10 or above to employees needs and concerns. Benefits are fair to on par with industry.

Cons

Where do I begin? No one in this company can communicate for beans. Leadership calls employees resources and gives us all serial numbers...most organizations call their people, well, people or talent. This trickles down to everything...poor treatment of employees, ever shrinking benefits, terrible pay and no increases, company expects the world out of its employees but gives us NOTHING in returns. IBM has sold out to EPS and absurd promises to the street

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Go back to what IBM so strong and powerful in the beginning. Respect your TALENT.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    No such thing as work life balance, not a good long term career option.

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    Former Employee - Managing Consultant  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good place to start a career to gain experience with big clients and projects. Great network of smart, experienced people.

    Cons

    The work life balance is awful. Late nights and weekends are the norm. Sprinkle in some all-nighters throughout the year for good measure. The Global Services culture revolves only around meeting a ridiculous utilization target rather than delivering innovative work. The employee utilization target ignores vacation days and company holidays (YES, your earned time off counts against you), so everyone is required to carry additional projects throughout the year to meet their target. Any admin employees are forced to perform (completing the hours of regular mandatory training, attending all hands meetings, navigating the bureaucracy, etc.) won't count toward their utilization target, so employees must add more work time to their 60+ hour work week. Many won't take all their earned vacation because they fear not meeting those targets. There isn't enough bench or bandwidth to address business development, so late nights/weekends are spent crafting responses. Managers aren't given raises when they are promoted or even given a break in their utilization targets. Promotions to management positions are presented simply as "opportunity", which meant a 30% increase in work and no additional compensation for my promotion. The real "opportunity" is to gain as much experience as possible and move on to a company that respects their employees. Even if employees meet or exceed their utilization target, raises and bonuses are still minimal at best. I was always a top or higher performer ("1" or "2+" ratings) and typically received only a 1% or 2% annual raise while being told to be "thankful you have a job". Many coworkers would significantly exceed utilization targets and still not receive an annual raise. Employees are ranked as "low performers" so IBM can justify layoffs. The US staff count continues to be reduced while a large amount of work has moved to (cheaper) inexperienced global resources with inferior skills. There isn't any career path for most employees anymore. The management style is often one of instilling fear of a low performance rating and a layoff. The purse strings were so tight that new employees were instructed to download trial software to perform their jobs because we couldn't get licenses for them. Meanwhile, the approval to purchase a software license was a 10-step process of justifying the purchase to people who either would ignore the request or immediately decline. It takes months to get anything done because of the bureaucracy. Toward the end of Q4, it is common to receive an email encouraging employees to sacrifice vacation or work as many hours as possible. Sometimes, the incentive for those sacrifices would be to enter the employees into a contest to win a DVD player or MP3 player (not making this up). Typically, no incentive was offered at all. Last year, we received an email from the organization lead strongly encouraging everyone to work an additional weekend as "an opportunity to catch up on your projects", which was a thinly veiled way of saying "we need to bill more hours so we can exceed our quarterly projections". IBM is run by people who care only about driving up the stock price at the expense of innovation, delivering high quality work, or any consideration of their employees work life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop squeezing the life out of the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Good Company Poor Project Management

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Houston, TX

    I worked at IBM full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Lots of Projects
    Good Learning Opportunity
    Better Growth Prospective

    Cons

    Definetly not true if we look at overall company, but here is what experienced in my one project with IBM :-

    Poor project planning
    Unnecessary call for weekend work
    Poor work life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Project status might be green only on paper but not in reality. I will suggest upper management to be more diligence when reviewing this kind of reports.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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