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Big, slow, top heavy with management.

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Software Engineer
Former Employee - Software Engineer
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

A degree of flexibility as to working location and hours. Some truly incredible and talented people.

Cons

Too much process, managers that are scared to make a decision, execs that only care about the bottom line and their bonuses, slow as molasses. Big words, big visions but not backed up by any real execution.

Advice to Management

No advice, you wouldn't listen when I was there, you won't now.

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. Helpful (7)

    Ultimately lacks autonomy, complexity, and a clear connection between effort and reward

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant - GBS Consulting By Degrees in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant - GBS Consulting By Degrees in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Good introduction to enterprise technology and B2B interactions - Client-facing roles and exposure to a variety of industries and experts - Opportunities to learn and work on interesting content (be very proactive and self-promote) - Pro due to Con: Learned how to network, self-promote, and find assignments on my own - Of course, the "brand name" on the resume

    Cons

    Consulting by Degrees Program - Poor management of talent with myopic emphasis on utilization rate and minimizing bench - Not much emphasis on talent development and consultants treated as "Business Machines" - Often staffed on non-inspiring, underwhelming roles as "shadow" (cheap) resources - Too much oversight, lack of trust, and cannot provide feedback to management - High attrition rate erodes community, few stay beyond initial two years Global Business Services - Bonuses meager to efforts undertaken; no effective incentive to perform at 100% - Blind focus on the bottom-line and quarterly performance to meet "EPS roadmap" - Cuts to employee benefits and increases in billable hours announced without discussion - Office lacks basic amenities, reliance on sub-standard IBM legacy applications and software - Slow moving bureaucracy and low employee morale even among veteran IBMers Executives > Shareholders > Clients > Employees...

    Advice to Management

    Consulting by Degrees - A ratio of 300+ consultants per manager simply does not work - Revise incentives for managers to eliminate narrow focus on minimizing the bench - Institute an anonymous feedback/suggestion mechanism to improve the program - Make a real investment in developing consultants as marketed to retain talent - Do not take advantage of new consultants, works only once and lose trust forever Global Business Services - "Think" about what actually drives the top-line - Embrace a value-driven, long-term mentality - Innovate new offerings rather than re-branding old ones, aka "Smarter BS" - Do not alienate your employees, especially front-line, client-facing consultants - Consider spinning GBS off, not bound by roadmaps, etc.


  2. Helpful (2)

    I've spent the majority of my career working at IBM and much has changed in the NA GEO in the last decade.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Service Delivery Manager
    Current Employee - Service Delivery Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM is a great place to pursue educational opportunities and to get a start with a career.

    Cons

    It is not the place to end a career. IBM has made several sacrifices to it's NA workforce for profitability. It's a short term solution to a long term issue the company will have to deal with eventually.

    Advice to Management

    It's time to refocus on innovation and reinvest in employee growth in North America.


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