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Good learning experience, but very bureaucratic.

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Former Employee - Consultant
Former Employee - Consultant

I worked at IBM

Recommends
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

It was a great place to work right out of undergrad. I learned a ton and got some great experience building fundamental business skills. There is a lot of room to succeed for driven, self-directed people.

Cons

It is a huge company, and all of the bureaucracy associated with that is present. Advancement is through very formulaic processes that don't reward results as much as time spent with the firm

Advice to Management

Reward talent and spend more time developing the brand. IBM is still a computer company in most people's eyes. In most cases, this doesn't matter because clients know it is a services firm, but it is detrimental in recruiting top talent from universities.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work flexibility; great for the stock holders and for the execs and their stock options;

    Cons

    Tops down edicts to cut headcount regardless of an employee's value to the business or ability; the bean counters are running the business and line management has no input; ruthless in moving experienced, higher paid employees out of the business and hiring overseas in BRIC countries;

    Advice to Management

    You are losing valuable experience in the States and replacing it with inexperienced foreign workers who cannot match the quality of work produced by American workers; clients are complaining and this will eventually bite you in the ass;


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    Brand name, work life balance but poor paymaster

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    Current Employee - Senior Business Consultant in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Business Consultant in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at IBM

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good brand name, several opportunities to explore within IBM. soft rewards to encourage employees and a fantastic work life balance

    Cons

    Pathetic pay .. nearly 50% below industry average and is worse if you are in Global delivery. Very time bound movement that makes it difficult ot move up the ladder, the system pulls you down with all kinds of policies.

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay, do away with bureaucracy, reward merit not seniority. do away with timelines and polcies and encourage movement outside GD.


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