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Not your parents' IBM

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Former Employee - Advisory Software Engineer  in  Austin, TX
Former Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Austin, TX

I worked at IBM full-time for more than 10 years

Pros

IBM offers fair salaries, acceptable benefits, reasonable (but declining) vacation time, and a huge internal network to explore positions. There are some very bright people who work for IBM, and they are an inspiration for what is possible.

Cons

Morale is generally in tatters after years of offshoring and 'Resource Actions' (euphemism for layoffs). My team went from 9 people eventually to 4 with no change in total workload. Reductions only take into account short-term company bottom line, not quality of work that can be produced, and cut decisions happen at such a high level that I've seen very valuable people eliminated.

Culture is often tied up in older ways of doing things ("Because that's how we've always done it!"). New ideas are welcomed, but rarely acted upon, or take years to make even minor changes.

Shifting positions internally is often difficult as employees with seniority tend to just...stay in one position, leaving no room for advancement without drastically shifting teams.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Go back to putting employees first and Wall Street second and you'll end up with a better overall company. The short-term gains of mindless employee reductions are cutting some dead wood, but are also eliminating extremely valuable people who are going to end up working for your competitors and harm IBM on both fronts: the loss of the non-executive thought leadership, and the increase in skills of your competition.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Used to be fabulous

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The only positive element working at IBM at this time is the people you work with who are all in the same boat you're in.

    Cons

    Executive Management is too focused on their own measurements and not looking at growing the business. The more discerning Wall Street Analysts are starting to figure out that these people are chasing a target rather than focusing on growing the business. The work environment is so awful that the people who are getting laid off actually feel better than the people who are left. Once they hit their coveted $20 EPS and these bunch of Yo-Yo's leaves, IBM will again return to being a great place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let's see.... you're missing revenue so you layoff your sales teams. Brilliant.

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    The honeymoon is over

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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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