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Good place to start - hard to survive

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Product Manager
Current Employee - Product Manager

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

Pros

You can definitely learn a lot at IBM either by going very deep on a topic or moving around to different jobs. Benefits are above average (but get trimmed every year). Lots of international opportunities. You get to work with people who know what it means to be a professional.

Cons

Resource actions (layoffs) happen at least once a year. Lack of organic investment in products. Internal incentives and silos get in the way of success. Getting harder to move from one group to another.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Invest in organic growth of new and existing products instead of buying stock. Look beyond 2015.

Recommends
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    good experience for college grads. Good benefits and OT.

    Cons

    Not good for senior or experienced person.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

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    Top-heavy, fossilized company whose best days are behind it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Worked there 14 years and left on my own
    Very nice, professional and well-qualified employees with significant learning opportunities
    Large network of current and former employees. Still well regarded in the marketplace
    Work at home flexibility can be ideal for your personal situation

    Cons

    - Little to no opportunity for advancement, unless you are willing to travel 100% or move your family to a developing country.
    - little to no salary growth at all. IBM management makes it clear that you should feel lucky to have a job with Big Blue and are shocked when anyone leaves the Blue Bubble.
    - Doing more with less means that you have more than one job and are barely compensated for your first job
    - Cost cutting and slashing employee benefits are ALL IBM management cares about these days. I would not want to be a customer.
    - The myopic quarter to quarter view that IBM Finance (and therefore IBM Management) takes to meet its EPS numbers and satisfy the Street is stifling any real transformation potential.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to steer heavily in the direction of Cloud, Smart Planet and value added services, keep your prices competitive, drop the dead wood executives and business lines (like Strategic Outsourcing) and you may have a chance to dance again. But it's unlikely.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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