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Quit managing in the short term

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Development Manager in Poughkeepsie, AR
Current Employee - Development Manager in Poughkeepsie, AR
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Many opportunities if you want to travel. Working directly for a client can be rewarding.

Cons

Many opportunities, BUT you have to travel. There is really no work-life balance. If you are supporting commercial clients, the clients come first above everything else. If you are in the I/T side of the business, you have no work-life balance. The 100% expectation is to be "on the road". Nothing else matters and there is no sympathy from exec management. IBM has spun the media on this and it is beyond me why the covers do not get blown off on this issue.

Advice to Management

Quit offshoring talented workers. You are killing the company in the long run.

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. Helpful (3)

    IBM is old and it shows

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Westford, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Westford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    IBM has some very bright people and some good technology. They allow flexible work hours and location. Benefits and compensation are industry average. Work/life balance is generally pretty good.

    Cons

    IBM is old and it shows. It doesn't really feel like a technology company. Processes are cumbersome. You can just imagine some ancient mainframe software running the place. I worked in the software business group. The overall feeling was that software engineers were interchangeable. There must be something wrong with you if you wanted to be an individual contributor and liked to write code. Promotions and awards were much more about politics than technical merit. There are too many rules and managers are afraid to push back. Employees are constantly told what they cannot do along and threatened with potential penalties. A couple of examples: print jobs needed to be picked up within 30 minutes or you're cited by security. Office doors need to be locked and blinds drawn when away from your desk for more than 15 minutes. Silly stuff.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees as the company's most critical assets. Give them more respect.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great company to work and develop your skills in

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunity to learn and pursue skill development(incl. well established educational and e-learning oportunities); Global company(with many locations all over); Good awareness of virtual teams, cross-division and cross-culture collaboration. As a global company that sells all over and is not only focuses on a single market/region, great potential to do fine over time and not be dependent on the economy ups and downs in a single region. There are various innovative venues for employees to show their ideas and collaborate with others- incl. Blue Opportunity and BizTeck projects which enable you to take some of your weekly time and work on a cool project with a team other than your regular job' team.

    Cons

    Too big of a company to get noticed or to find who works on what and who to talk to.

    Advice to Management

    Be more agressive and competetive to keep our great talent int he company. Pursue similar innovation venues such as TAP and SEA in order to tap into our employees' outstanding ideas.


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