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Try working for IBM if given a chance

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Jose, CA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

Excellent thought leadership & vision in the market, Good work life balance, good flexibility like working from home (teams are distributed all across the country), Good benefits, industry average salary. If you're getting a job at IBM, I highly suggest you work here for one year at least and figure out if this culture is a good fit for you or not. You will learn a lot here.

Cons

As usual with big companies, too many processes, takes too many approvals to get things done. You have to work hard to stand out, But that is true for any other company. Don't expect big bonuses or stock options.

Advice to Management

Get rid of the slackers, and drive individual product teams like a startup culture, While leveraging the IBM branding, Sales and marketing machine to drive growth and revenue.

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. Helpful (3)

    IBM Server & Technology Group used to be great, now cost savings and EPS goals destroy morale.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Working at the forefront of technology, building some of the most complex and powerful servers in the world. Most technology, tools and methodologies are developed in-house, one can easily get hold of the experts on each of them and influence decisions, request features and work on pushing the boundaries of technology further. IBM is one of the most flexible companies in terms of working from home/remotely and planning your regular work hours that I know of, additionally the global teaming makes for some great contacts from around the world. IBM is so big that making career changes is possible within the company and since they're active in all fields of IT, there's usually a job in any area one would like to explore.

    Cons

    Everything is driven by the EPS goals of the 2015 roadmap which results in some extreme measures. Office supplies are barely/not provided any longer, offices are only cleaned once a quarter, all assistants have been consolidated into a few positions of site. People are providing their own IT equipment because getting anything (docking station, keyboard, extra power supply) beyond the basic laptop is subject of budgeting scrutiny. Due to the constant cost cutting, there have been many rounds of layoffs affecting even solidly contributing employees which results in the remaining team having to cover even more work and there's no adjusting of deadlines due to this either. At the same time the management team preaches that "innovation matters" but there is really no time provided to pursue new ideas and even if you had a great new idea, there's no system for providing awards to employees anymore except for large corporate level awards. Training is only provided in the form of free online classes, conference travel is sometimes possible but only if one has a paper to present at the conference.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Cheap sweat shop

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

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility to work from home when necessary, decent benefits.

    Cons

    I have worked for this company for over 3 years and I have _never_ received a pay increase. I accepted this position shortly after the 2008-2010 america job-pocalypse and took a huge pay cut from consultant position with competitor. They are currently paying me half of what my resume is worth. Working for this company is like living in a pressure cooker the whole time: there are internal agendas set for you to be accomplished through their very disperse and frustrating complicated systems (for all this AI Watson business, they have not even been able to develop their own single sign on system!). They substantially mandate overtime to salaried workers for years at a time through mandating 100% utilization in the Personal Business Commitments and personal reviews are nothing but a game in which managers get together and play toss ups... useless anyway, since IBM always seems to find excuses NOT to pay bonuses or pay increases. It is a sweat shop that more and more employees and customers are fleeing like the plague.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of cleaning up the ranks of the workforce that actually provides the services you sell, try getting rid of all the useless Vice Presidents and leaders management reporting structure. This management structure creates so much "overhead" for the accounts that they can't afford to staff the accounts enough to provide good service to the client.


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