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Decisions made are driven strictly by financial goals

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Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager
Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager

I worked at IBM full-time (More than 10 years)

Recommends
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Recommends
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

IBM has some of the most intelligent and creative people of any company.

Cons

Employees are viewed as liabilities rather than assets.

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    Decent people but average work at best.

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    Current Employee - IT Manager in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Boulder, CO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Been working here for 17 years. I have had a lot of great experiences and a variety of positions and promotions. Through experience I have received a tremendous amount of training and education. The "lower level" employee base are very good people.

    Cons

    All actions are centered on cost reduction. IBM will not actively support employee development. During "resource actions" (ie - lay offs), employees cannot actually compete for open internal job positions. HR may say that you can - but the approvals to allow it are the extreme rare case. During the MANDATORY Value Jam session all related feedback about treating the employee with respect were ignored. Instead the executive team put forth "Be the wild duck!" as an IBM value. The intent was to foster employees to make necessary changes to cut through IBM's bureaucracy. Unfortunately, this idea is not supported and people would more likely lose their jobs if they strive to follow this value. In the halls this "value" has become a bit of a joke: "Duck You! and Duck off have been heard" as a play on words and a jab at the internal company value communications.
     90% of this company's IT support is made up of contractors who do not have the same stake in the company.

    Advice to Management

    Executives: Prove you care about each person as deeply as you care about your stock options and salary bonuses. One easy way without undo costs is to allow employees to actually compete for jobs internally. Remove the silly restrictions and allow employees to move from one division to another without restraint. Invest in a use-able shadow training program with mentors. What exists now is just a few tools with no real participation or soul.
    Stop with short sighted quarterly actions to address stock price fluctuations. Build the company by showing you care about them. The employees in turn will care about the customers. Right now... it appears that people are just going through the motions. Client First efforts will never work if the company does not actually care about the employees.


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    Former Employee - Advisory IT Specialist
    Former Employee - Advisory IT Specialist

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I had the opportunity to meet a lot of smart people.

    Cons

    Work Life balance is non existent. All work no life. IBM culture is only earnings per share based so employees are now working out of fear of layoffs. Pay is average but bonus and raises are not keeping up with inflation or cost of living. The new IBM is now utilization based which makes it impossible to have work-life balance since your performance reviews are based on 120% utilization rates. The more vacation you get the more overtime you have to work to make up for it. Should be criminal but there must be a loophole around it.

    Advice to Management

    Listen and implement more employee centric approaches to the overall productivity of the company. You are losing good people by overworking them and not appreciating their work.


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