IBM

www.ibm.com
Employer Engaged
There are newer employer reviews for IBM

1 person found this helpful  

Excellent people, management without conscience or a clue

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Technical Solutions Architect in Chicago, IL
Former Employee - Technical Solutions Architect in Chicago, IL

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

Pros

Benefits are very comprehensive, including work-from-home for many positions. Vacation time is decent and overtime is reasonable (it happens, but not excessively). Colleagues tend to be smart, and low-level management (first and second line) tend to be good.

Cons

IBM has been working as hard as it can for a decade to destroy its internal talent and expertise. Upper management actively suppresses any contrary views or problems from bubbling up the management chain. US workforce has shrunk breathtakingly, there is no career advancement or even lateral movement, reorganizations are *constant*, and education and development is either non-existant or taken away with the next reorg. Massive outsourcing with no care taken for quality of hires. Then there's the constant selling off of divisions (Global Network, Network Services, Hard Drives, PC's, Intel Servers - and that's just during my tenure). New companies are acquired constantly but never integrated into a cohesive whole, leaving a mishmash of overlapping pieces that do nothing to benefit each other; many ultimately decay into nothing and vanish. Strategy shifts constantly, organizations, products, and offerings rename rather than reform or improve. I honestly doubt there will be anything left of this company within a decade.

On a personal level, compensation is significantly below-market. Bonuses (aka "variable pay"; project bonuses disappeared a decade ago) are consistently below 2% even for top performers (annual rating of 2+). Salary increases are non-existant. My gross pay went up less than 3% total over a period of five years, and 70% of my years there increases trailed inflation (i.e., real income dropped).

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Come up with a strategy (other than "boost the stock price") and stick with it. Stop re-organizing and laying off divisions. Focus on letting your very-smart people accomplish great things. All of this will be harder as the company shrinks and loses talent through layoffs and attrition.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

13176 Other Employee Reviews for IBM (View Most Recent)

Sort: Rating Date
  1.  

    Great people to work with, company really thinks of you simply as an expendable rsource.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people. Most everyone is willing to help you come up to speed. Ample time to learn and build your skills, particularly when coming out of college. It easy to move up if your willing to take some risks and work hard, at least in software group it is.

    Cons

    As a team lead, processes are more than ever to release a product. You count yourself as a full time developer yet meetings, helping the new hires because IBM pretty much only hires those out of college, you find yourself struggling to find time to write code.

    There are many people who are happy putting in there less than 40 which in some ways stagnates the group as a whole. No one is learning anything new, thus just a few key folks end up knowing much and they don't grow because the group is not educating themselves as a whole. I get it, its not a silicon valley company to have that drive but why shouldn't those who work there want to learn and grow themselves?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop fostering the non-performers, send the message they will be replaced with others although this is not IBM's way, the only way you get fired is when IBM forces layoffs. Have your employees move around more, don't allow anyone to be tied to a product for more than 3 years. Too much of the product is invested in one person to be able to leave, this bad for everyone; employee, product, manager, IBM.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Keep Busy and don't mind your compensation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Security Analyst in Dubuque, IA
    Current Employee - IT Security Analyst in Dubuque, IA

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    It pays the bills (Mostly), never bored at work(for better or worse), your peers are in the same boat and they are good to work with

    Cons

    Its impossible to get your pay to reflect the work. They will over work you and expect everything to just work as if it did before. The company is driven by metrics and these metrics are now getting in the way of people doing their jobs or finding more efficient ways of doing things because it does not fall with the current processes. They will hire any idiot with some type of degree, even if they have no technical skill or they prove that they are a greater hindrance to the team then an asset.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the business back on track, customer first metrics second. And Pay people for the work that they do, do not leave them at entry level pay for several months when they are performing at a level 2 or 3 steps above what they are getting paid.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
There are newer employer reviews for IBM

Work at IBM? Share Your Experiences

IBM

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.