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Quit managing in the short term

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Current Employee - Development Manager in Poughkeepsie, AR
Current Employee - Development Manager in Poughkeepsie, AR

I have been working at IBM

Disapproves of CEO
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.

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at IBM

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work Life balance. Market competitive pay. Not to difficult work. If over average, can get things done quick and take time to do and learn other stuff. Good set of classes. Great intranet website.

    Cons

    Beauracracy and whole loads of it. Acquires software companies..no organic growth. Political plays in promotions. Since it acquires companies it can be very difficult to grow internally. Better to work for an company that IBM acquires.

    Advice to Management

    Accountability! and structure. No frequent changes or reorgs.

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    Conglomerate -- be careful which group you join

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Westford, MA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Westford, MA

    I have been working at IBM

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

    Pros

    Access to IBM software. Books24x7 access (if you have time to use it). Reasonably generous with hardware. Work-life balance is possible. Reasonable pay.

    Cons

    Excessive internal processes drain finite energy that ought to be directed toward customer and market success -- lots of burnout. Many different companies within one conglomerate -- not all brands are equally fulfilling to work with, and conflict between divisions can be more painful than external competition. Cheap about expenses etc. for those who travel (good luck eating on their meal allowances).

    Advice to Management

    Hire well, then trust your people. Pay closer attention to career development -- realize once all the boomers retire you'll need the younger folks to have stayed on board. Bonuses based in any part on overall performance of the IBM conglomerate do not motivate -- comp on what employees have some influence over. Cost management is important, but onlookers and customers take notice when IBMers must have waitstaff split the cheque 18 ways: don't be so cheap as to detract external perceptions. Enable employees to spend more time with customers than on internal matters which fail to grow your business. Do not launch programs like ThinkFriday trying to mimic Google when you fail to follow through (survey employees to measure roadblocks to traction then address them vs. blindly assuming you've achieved the desired result).

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