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Old style management, have and have nots

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Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

Large company, many projects to work on. Flexible work hours, liberal work at home policy.

Cons

Was part of an acquisition and during the "indoctrination" process a whole bunch of promises were made. About 10% of which were true. Been there a little over 4 years and have not had one raise, even though they insist on yearly reviews and have been an above average contributor for all 4 years.

Long hours, want to work like a startup but without the same benefits of a start up, i.e. Stock Options, Catered Lunches, Phone plans.

Too many managers making decisions without consulting the folks who actually do the work. I would go as far as to say the first and second line management is either incompetent or uncaring about the work. Just "ship it" seems to be the motto, regardless of quality. They also manipulate the "defect" rates so as to make the product quality look good on paper.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop managing to the earning per share, drop the "curve" rating system and pay your folks what they deserve.

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