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Opportunity in abundance.

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Current Contractor - Project Manager in Sacramento, CA
Current Contractor - Project Manager in Sacramento, CA

I have been working at IBM as a contractor (more than 5 years)

Pros

Training is available for every topic you may be interested. Opportunity to expand your skill sets in any career path that may interest you.

Cons

Work-life balance can be a little skewed from time to time, but I have discovered that by mentioning my concerns they are typically resolved or alternatives identified to regain that balance.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

A little more advance planning can be useful to the general rank and file, and allow for advance worker planning.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    The honeymoon is over

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    Current Employee - Software Sales
    Current Employee - Software Sales

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Pockets of highly intelligent people who have spent years mastering their field are an excellent resource. Many IBMers willing to be mentors and help you. Team work is strong and technical resources are great. Some of the kindest people I have ever worked with. Work from home. Flexibility is probably unparallelled.

    Cons

    Acquisition mash-up. Execs are put in charge who know little about the technology or the new buyer. Knowledge base is dwindling with turnover which is a constant, and customers are not pleased. With the knowledge base goes the innovation. Morale is in the can and no strategy to retain top talent. Good reps are looking elsewhere. No salary increase, even if you are a top performer. Opportunity to advance is slow and painful. Sales tools are process-heavy, out of date, and not integrated. Spend more time reporting than selling. You are a serial number that delivers a quota. Pay is not industry standard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up. Top talent is leaving and customers are losing faith in IBM.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    IBM is a huge and well-run computer company that grows mostly by acquisition rather than organic internal innovation.

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Costa Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Costa Mesa, CA

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very stable and successful company; decent benefits, effective management, solid products, strong software and services businesses. Strong research division, which does most of the internal innovation like the Watson project.

    Cons

    Easy to get lost amid over 400,000 employees and many divisions and product lines. Political infighting between competing organizations can ruin your day. Opportunities for innovative work are limited, as the company innovates mainly by acquiring smaller, more innovation companies, rather than innovating internally (other than in IBM research centers). Hardware business is struggling currently, but that could change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the push for more professional development for all employees. Consider more employee-friendly gestures like providing coffee, organizing local social events to build a sense of family and shared direction.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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