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IBM Research changing

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Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Yorktown Heights, NY
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Yorktown Heights, NY

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

Pros

Good work life balance, many smart people, both in research and as development partners

Cons

Hard to have impact on the business. IBM is trying to adjust to rapid evolution of markets in hardware and software.
Hard to get project funding, sources of funding drive projects, more than whether projects make sense.
The drive to hit EPS targets is causing a lot of cost cutting and uncertainty in strategy. Acquisition strategy is reducing the importance of research

Doesn't Recommend
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    Good company to work for when you're starting out

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    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    IBM is a stable company to work for. It's not going anywhere, and it's not going to get bought out. You can even transfer between different product teams, although a lot will depend upon the state of business and how good your manager is. IBM tries to solve big problems and you'll encounter a lot of smart people trying to solve complex problems. It's a good company to work for so you can learn from other employees, and usually they're more than willing to help.

    Cons

    I felt valued as an employee by my manager and my peers. However, at the corporate level, I felt very unappreciated as an employee, e.g. getting rid of the water cooler to save money. IBM's current strategy is acquiring companies and thereby customers to grow. Organic growth is not happening. Now, the focus is about saving money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about your employees as real people. It's not just the first-level manager's job. It's every executives' job, all the way up to the CEO.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. IBM - not for amateurs.

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    Current Employee - Senior IT Specialist in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Senior IT Specialist in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very competitive and thus lucrative to work for. Never ending supply of work and technical skills expansion. Management that more or less stays out of the way of technical personnel

    Cons

    Difficult to keep track of opportunities in such a large organization. Need to develop a network of people all over the company to keep track of what's going on other wise something in your direct job arena may pass you by.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    attempt to communication better the diverse nature of the undertakings company wide.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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