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IBM is what you make of it. Like many corporations, you're expected to grow old and die with the corporation.

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Current Employee - Software Developer in Herndon, VA
Current Employee - Software Developer in Herndon, VA

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

Pros

Job stability is huge. You get paid a salary while on the bench between jobs, and you can choose your own path, completely separate from what your focus was in undergrad.

Cons

Many projects are plagued with inefficient workflows. IBM is still handing out Lenovos with windows XP as of 2011. Pay raises take forever and are based on time waited, not performance. If you have low performance, it's used as an excuse to keep you from a pay raise though.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop using excel for database purposes.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people. Terrible Executive Management

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    Current Contractor - Senior Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Contractor - Senior Project Manager in Austin, TX

    I have been working at IBM as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great colleagues who are willing to go the extra miles or two to achieve, sometimes unrealistic goals, set by business and executives. Flexible work hours. Since you VPN in, you can work from different state or even country as long as you have internet and phone.

    Cons

    The management has been going from bad to worst. Constant layoff which is not based on performance. Poor communication. No growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no failure in business but only failure in leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hard work, occasionally rewarding,for a Co. that seems wedded to using what worked in the 80s to drive excellence today.

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Pasadena, CA

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

    Pros

    - Left Brain: 'Performance-based culture': you can rise quickly and gain access to top people and a great many resources when you have success...

    Cons

    - Right Brain: 'Performance-based culture': perform within the confines of a near-soulless formal organization, working with, but also to best your valued co-workers who are similarly numb - so that you can continue to do what you do...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The elephant did learn to tap dance, but the mice now need to be nurtured, not stomped - they will never be in control but they can stampede a thousand elephants. Give them real reasons to like the elephant not fear him. You'll succeed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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