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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

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 ManagementAdvice

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

Disapproves of CEO

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    IBM: Really depends how well you play your hand...

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    Current Employee - Consulting IT Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Consulting IT Specialist in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    IBm offers a pretty good work life balance although that is starting to disappear. The benefits are pretty good too, and the 401K plan is possibly one of the best. You do have a certain amount of flexibility and the potential to move around the company, alhough this will likely depend on which group you are in and how well the business is doing. It is not a given by any means which is what IBM advertised to potential employees. There is a great wealth of information and education avaialble to anyone who wants to stay educated and informed. The IBM name on your resume doesnt hurt either.

    Cons

    There is way too much bureaucracy and redundancy especially at the management level. There are sometimes literally 3 people to do the sae thing and to attend the same meeting. Each will have his or her own agenda too. The quality of the management is very ordinary overall though there are some really sharp people. All in all, the reason IBM is surviving is because of it's technical talent of which there is a substantial amount. This does not mean there is no deadwood as there as meany people who are there just to colect a salary. The promotion process is not always fair and career growth seems to depend too much on which group you are in. Life in IBM is much better as a manager or above a certain band level(* 9 and above)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very little motivation for those at the bottom of the food chain. Do something to make people feel like a part of the company.

    Disapproves of CEO
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    Too many managers.

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    Current Employee - Advisory IT Architect in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Advisory IT Architect in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Good reputation and the chance to work on bleeding edge technology.

    Cons

    IBM hates their employees. They want to replace all of their American employees with offshore resources. Overtime is unpaid, yet expected. If you do not work overtime then you get a bad rating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your tech people. There is entirely too much management going on. Things need to get done, instead they are managed. You should start taking their values seriously, especially the one about innovation that matters to the customer. Workers need a work life balance, which we are not getting. Management needs to be accountable for their mistakes. As it stands now, management can do or cay anything they want, and it is up to the technical rank and file to make their promises come true, no matter how bone headed the promise may be.

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