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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)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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 Management

Stop using excel for database purposes.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Resource actions aplenty.

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent customers look for IBM GBS to provide state of the art technology solutions. IBM develops excellent proposals with details on who, how and what will be delivered. Upon award of contracts, IBM looks for other than bid individuals to work the engagement.

    Cons

    Customers are provided with numerous employees that are not prepared to provide the service or solution that was proposed. Business Analysts typically have limited knowledge of the customer environment and even less knowledge of IBMs process and procedures.

    Advice to Management

    Do not bid opportunities that you do not have the proper resources to staff.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Work as hard and long as possible but don't expect recognition and/or compensation increases.

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cumberland, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cumberland, MD

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Retirement and health/dental benefits are great. Growth opportunities are available if you are willing to work for it.

    Cons

    Work life balance at IBM: Work until you have no life. Many IBMers are required to work 44 hours per week in order to increase employee utilization, which is basically a fancy way of stealing vacation and holiday time from employees by requiring them to make up their off time throughout the entire year. Annual reviews (called PBC's) are a joke. The only way to obtain the best rating is if you sacrifice a large portion of your free time (above the 44 hours/week) in order to pursue education and "giveback" opportunities. This is unobtainable if you desire to be a family oriented individual and are committed to volunteer activities that do not benefit IBM. If you do excellent work and go above and beyond expectations between 8-5, that will not be enough.

    Advice to Management

    Employees make you who you are. Don't allow them to be neglected. Beware of a possible "brain drain" upcoming due to recent compensation announcements in addition to lax hiring practices.


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