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IBM Interactive Experience - Good talent, No support

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Project Manager in Atlanta, GA
Current Employee - Project Manager in Atlanta, GA

I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Great experience working with talented mixed teams of creative and technical experts. I have learned a lot about digital media projects, design for mobile first, and user experience based design. I have worked with a lot of talented people and learned a lot. IBM employees have access to a lot of great training opportunities to expand your skills (though you'll have to work on your own to find them through the various tools available).

Cons

You must be a self-starter, who is able to figure things out on your own, and you must be able to advocate and promote yourself and your successes. There is little domain mentoring, and many team members report to managers outside of their domain / expertise. Managers do little to nothing to advocate for their team members. While the greater IBM does have clear paths for promotion (from a band / pay grade level perspective), career growth discussions with managers are relatively fruitless, and it is difficult to get their support in setting up a growth plan. There is little advice / mentoring in what training to pursue to grow in your area, but if you are willing to do the digging and research yourself, there are really great tools and self-paced training available. Employees are often responsible for finding their own projects to be staffed to, as staffing team members are focused more on filling open project roles than getting benched team members into roles.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Lower utilization requirements for managers so that they can afford to invest more time in their people. Measure manager performance on the success of their employees so that managers will be motivated to promote and advocate for their teams. Provide at least one strong manager per each discipline / domain area, and align employees to report to a manager within their expertise / role. Provide a claim code for mentoring / managing activities that will count as productive utilization, to encourage junior team members to seek out senior mentors, and encourage senior employees to invest in junior team members, without feeling that they are going to be penalized by spending those hours on non-billable work.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    life on the edge

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at IBM as a contractor

    Pros

    working from home is great - hours are your own, work life balance is perfect - too bad it ended too soon

    Cons

    not being a "regular" employee, job stress from never knowing when your position was going to be cut; no pay increase within your supplemental term

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    please commit to your employees rather than your stockholders

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Good Company gone downhill

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Delivery Executive
    Former Employee - Delivery Executive

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

    Pros

    At the time, IBM had the best training program and the smartest people in the industry

    Cons

    IBM now manages to financials... when you make too much money, they lay you off for 2 or 3 cheaper, younger talents...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Frankly it's too late... you got rid of all your smart and seasoned people, to make your stock and bonuses go up... mission accomplished, but the company is a shell of itself now, and frankly no longer a thought leader in anything.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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