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Lots of Opportunities if you can stand the Bureaucracy

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Former Employee - FLM
Former Employee - FLM

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

Pros

If you are looking for a lifetime career you can very well find it IBM. Benefits are good, pay is fair. It is the rare individual who will "kill it" from a salary standpoint, unless you time it right in sales, or are a GBS Partner. If you enjoy process overkill with minimal oversight and direction, freedom to shape your role and the opportunity to be involved in a massive team matrix style of management, IBM is an interesting place.

Cons

Surprising the number of "lifers" that are employed/in hiding at this company, many without any experience outside of IBM. IBM may pride itself on the number of acquisitions and the numbers of "new" IBMrs in the ranks, but those folks quickly figure out the stifling environment and bloated layers of management within the company and realize if they want to do anything innovative they seek roles elsewhere.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Trim 100,000 employees, delayer management, find a stronger CEO with some direction.

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    Interesting place to work. Some of the smartest people around.

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    Former Employee - Database Developer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Database Developer in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    You have the ability to work with people all around the world and learn so much. You will have access to test and try all of the cutting edge technology.

    Cons

    You have to manage your career. I found managers who are willing to help. However with IBM going mostly mobile in the US. It is hard to keep up these relationships. Being part of a global team was fun but still need to have the office experience.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great opportunity, but as a contractor not much future for going FT

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Interesting work, comp is competitive, attempt to offer contractors same experience as FT employees

    Cons

    Typical large company issues: many players in projects that you never meet, little to no contact with managers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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