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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 an 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  

    Good experience- get what you expect working for such a large company

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    Current Employee - Strategy Consultant in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Strategy Consultant in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    breadth of opportunities- can get involved in any industry, any role
    ability to grow and learn a lot very quickly
    lots of travel opportunities

    Cons

    Very large
    Relatively impersonal management
    It's up to you to make your opportunities- very few are there to help you
    Not as much movement/rotation as is advertised in the program

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revamp our people management structure

    Negative Outlook
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great people, great opportunity, concerned about the future

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager

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

    Pros

    Incredibly smart, hard working employees, willing to share their expertise and support in achieving customer goals.

    Cons

    Focus on cutting expenses (aka people) is destroying morale and the core strength of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As the current CEO has noted, what makes a company great is employees who are committed to the success of their customers. The focus on cutting people rather than on creating value for customers is seriously undermining what makes IBM great in the minds of its customers, its people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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