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Good starting job.

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Current Employee - Systems Compliance Services in Dubuque, IA
Current Employee - Systems Compliance Services in Dubuque, IA

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

Pros

- Good entry-level opportunity
- Infinite wealth of knowledge available to absorb
- Very flexible hours

Cons

- Extremely difficult to move up or leave a department (you can be a victim of your own success and as a result, doors can be closed for you)
- Hostile review process promotes cut-throat environment with peers (If everyone in your team cures a different type of cancer individually, one of you will still get fired for under-performing in comparison with your peers)
- TOO MANY PROCESSES (sometimes you need to create a process to follow a process that has been created to conform to a different process)
- Too many levels of management. Upper level management never knows what's going on.
- Some divisions of IBM are so badly managed that the turnover rate is over 60% (GTS for example)
- NEVER WORK AT A GDF

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Cut layers of management by half and invest more in employee satisfaction There's no reason we need 15 levels of management.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. Proud history but behind the times in terms of market value for Sales Reps

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    Former Employee - IBM Client Executive (Sales) in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - IBM Client Executive (Sales) in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Some very intelligent coworkers...when you can find them
    Large resources and thought leadership...if you know how to navigate the org
    Good work like balance

    Cons

    Too many hands in deals...people get paid when the don't contribute
    They don't pay enough in Client Executive roles
    If you are not a lifer, your chances of coming in and moving up are limited

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start realizing the economy/job environment if more fast paced and fluid. You can't tell high performers it will take 5 years to reach their next career level.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Collection of acquired companies

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    Current Employee - Lead Technical Writer in Dublin, OH
    Current Employee - Lead Technical Writer in Dublin, OH

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

    Pros

    Name recognition, international company, decent pay

    Cons

    Too many acquired companies make up a disjointed corporation with no consistency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't tell employees they have a career when all they really have is a job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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