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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Poughkeepsie, NY
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Poughkeepsie, NY

I have been working at IBM

Pros

There are many opportunities to change career without changing company's

Cons

senior management does not care about employees. The direction is to cut costs and move work off shore even as the company makes record profits

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Make use of the experienced workforce in the US to keep the customers satisfied and keep IBM the value leader it once was

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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    Great people, not so great company anymore.

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    Current Employee - Senior Technical Staff Member in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Staff Member in New York, NY

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    IBM has some of the most creative and great technical staff in the world. Walking in the halls of a Research building, or walking across the aisles of a development floor is intoxicating. There is also great respect for personal needs in the sense of social acceptance, and respect for family overall. The company also has an overall grand strategy (Smart Planet) that is very attractive qrand makes you proud to say you are an IBMer.

    Cons

    I am seeing great talents leaving right left and center across the company because it seems that IBM has lost its ways. Although you do get some respect for your personal life (managing family and work and so on), you feel completely undervalued as an employee.

    Opportunities to move across the company are very limited, salaries have come down significantly in the past few years as bonuses for a good performer moved from 15-20% down to 3-8%. Additionally, there is a clear and obvious bias towards US-based employees and attrition feels like an orchestrated corporate policy to diminish the ranks.

    This means concretely that moral is low of course, that people who are left have to pick up extra work, and more importantly to me at least, that work that used to be about creating new market leading technologies is turning slowly into work focused on managing offshore resources and remote teams. Combined with the lack of travel opportunities (due to draconian cost cutting measures) to meet with your fellow team members, you end up feeling dissociated from your co-workers, communication is greatly impaired, you end up working longer hours to compensate for the inefficiencies that arise, and taking calls early in the morning and late at night.

    I am a workhorse, and i certainly do not mind working 60+ hours a week. But when i feel that i am achieving a lot less than i did with 60h a week 3 years ago, that the overall working mood is a lot more frustrating as a result (not feeling empowered and efficient), is it really worth it anymore? You hear all the time that employees are the most important asset for a company, and in day to day practice, you feel like IBM is forgetting that: it talks and walks in very different ways.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - It is insane that salaries have become so flat that bonuses represent low single digits of your overall compensation. How do you show you value your employees that way, and how do you encourage best of breed performance? Maybe the top 1% of the company gets great bonuses, and certainly, i know of executive bonus packages for Directors that blow away any bonuses non exec employees get, but that means you create resentment for a lot of very talented people who work so hard but feel they get lost in the shuffle.

    - It is critical for a company to develop skills and presence in emerging markets. IBM would be foolish to not aggressively pursue growth in India and China. However, i have very little faith in the long term strategy of turning the US workforce into remote managers. Remote can be made to work, but such as it is, it's inefficient, frustrating and cumbersome. The lack of human contact is destroying an important part of the employee fabric.

    - There used to be a time when i could lead a product to market and be successful with a small team. Today, i feel that executive management is micro-managing all aspects of product development, and we are reaching a design-by-committee or lowest-common-denominator effect that is dangerous for IBM's competitiveness and cool in the market.

    - Palmisano is doing a good job at projecting a technical vision for IBM, and seems tireless at that. However, whether through apathy or intentional design, feudal politics and employee disrespect is running rampant in the company. He gets a 4 for technical vision, but a 2 for operational management of the workforce. That leaves a fairly neutral 3 when IBM truly had the potential to be a 5. I think it's too late.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good place if you want stability!

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    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Very stable, can move to various positions within company. Good work life balance. Great benefits. Good place for women. Management is supportive of career development.

    Cons

    A bit of an old, slow moving company. There seems to be a lack of organic innovation. IBM's strategy is oftentimes just acquire the competitor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too internally focused, need to be more aware of what's going on with competitors and the market. Lack of communication between developers and upper management and marketing teams.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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