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Client Executive

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Former Employee - Client Executive in DFW, TX
Former Employee - Client Executive in DFW, TX

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

Pros

World class technology solutions; great, knowledgeable people; learn something every day; stellar reputation in the industry;

Cons

Huge & complex company to work for; matrixed orgranization makes it difficult to be quick & responsive to client needs; constant management churn makes it difficult to have clear strategy in place to execute; change is constant which makes it difficult to produce consistent results; top management unable to show revenue growth, but is very focused on EPS metric to make Wall Street happy;

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Have a 5 year plan for the company to grow and execute on it, instead of constantly changing the product/solution mix which results in revenues going down every year (quarter). Have a long term vision/strategy that is built around the factors described in the book "Good to Great" by Jim Collins and execute on that with a core management team that stays in place for 5 to 10 years.

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    Pretty good

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    It is easy to find your niche

    Cons

    the company is too big, hard to promote

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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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