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IBM Consultant Position

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Former Employee - Consultant in Dallas, TX
Former Employee - Consultant in Dallas, TX

I worked at IBM

Pros

The pay, benefits and opportunity for advancement are exceptional, so are the people.

Cons

100% travel, but other than that, the company is good to work for.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Continue to support employees that want to earn Master's degrees and continue to encourage workers to strive to the best they can be.

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  1. 19 people found this helpful  

    No longer the best place to work

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    Current Employee - Marketing Communications Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Marketing Communications Manager in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    The benefits are good, starting at 3 wks a year plus up to 6 personal choice days.

    Cons

    You are expected (even though the formal HR policy says not to) to work through your dinner, vacations. You take your laptop everywhere - 24x7. The company is quite matrixed and there is often disagreement about who handles what with sr mgmt deciding that "they" own a tactic, and another sr. mgmt says "he" handles it -- you get caught in the middle - alot. The group owning the money for a tactic is not the same group implementing the tactic, this is why you see Web pages that don't make sense. The advertising and direct mail tactic don't align to web pages, as a consumer, you are just "dropped." The best people have been laid off and the people left were personal favorites and not necessarily the right person for the job. Typically, the job was given to them without any training when the experienced person was laid off. Layoffs have nothing to do with the quality of work, they just got "too old" for IBM. That's how IBM beats the age discrimination rap, most of the laid off people are over 45 (and subsequently high earners)- there's no getting around that. Turning 50 at IBM is the kiss of death. The best person that was laid off had much experience. IBM has not decided that experience doesn't mean anything and so they keep the inexperienced people, which explains why customers are frequently lost.

    -There is no loyalty to the employee. As a result of this, morale is very low, the hallways are quiet, there is no socializing, it's not a fun place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your experienced people, yes, their wages are more (for good reason) but you'll see they save you much more in the mistakes those inexperienced people are making.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    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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