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Former Employee - Consultant
Former Employee - Consultant

I worked at IBM full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

Resources. in a firm the size someone always has your back

Cons

infirm the size you may find some of those people in the wayrm the size you may find some of those people in the way

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Let the customers drive, not solution leaders.

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Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Nowhere near what it was...

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Essex, VT
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Essex, VT

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

    Pros

    Lots of great people. Wide range of expertise. Challenging customer environment.

    Cons

    Quarterly performance focus. Shrinking workforce. Lack of investment in technology within the division.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Times are bad, company is slowly disintegrating and from within.

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    Former Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Littleton, MA
    Former Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Littleton, MA

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    People were always great and some truly creative and wonderful intellects work there. We were able to work at home when necessary with no trouble. Good contribution to 401K (but that has since been modified -- it's no longer by pay period but once per year, and only if one is working on Dec 15 -- hence layoffs prior to Dec 15...)

    Cons

    Too big, which clogs productivity even when intentions are good. Obsession with stock returns instead of doing things well. Speaking from experience as an acquisition (i.e. member of acquired company), their aim is to squeeze out whatever they can with minimal investment -- worked people to death, laid off good people, neglected basic maintenance of software in favor of flashy non-enhancements. Within our acquisition, approach was to pile on more and more work while laying people off -- in the process the application was run into the ground.

    The system of performance reviews based on "stack ranking" (that is, a quota of bad ratings -- someone must get a bad rating, regardless of actual performance) is horrendously toxic. Everyone hated working there, whether they were being laid off or not, even people in Watson, supposedly the hottest area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lose the obsession with stock return and the self-destructive "roadmap" (which is their plan to increase the return per share to an arbitrary target to the exclusion of all else, resulting in massive layoffs and buybacks). Get the executive level back in touch with the field. Go back to creating actual things (in which I include software) that work; go back to servicing them well.

    [But everyone should note that the current situation is certainly *not* Ginny Romety's fault -- she inherited it. She may or may not have a plan to fix things, but she didn't cause them. Their business model is to offset declining sales by cutting costs (layoffs and benefit reductions), buybacks, and accounting tricks, to which Wall St is now catching on. It may have made sense when it was started, but not for a long time. They're in a suicidal death spiral, the main problem being that the existence of Cloud negates the need for their core business. No doubt they will succeed in re-inventing themselves yet again, but it hasn't started yet, and will be very painful and messy.]

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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