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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)

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

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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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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    Educational stepping stone

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Coppell, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Coppell, TX

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Gain industry knowledge
    Learn how to advance in Corporate America
    Best mentors
    Multiple avenues for growth

    Cons

    Unrealistic Quotas
    Favortism
    Systematic approach to placement rather than individual talent assesment

    Advice to Management

    Talent not tenure should determine the transition to the Field.

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