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Its all about politics...

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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 a year)

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

work from home whenever you need to flexible hours (10 to 6, etc) lots of vacation

Cons

Horrible culture. Lots of politics. Hard to learn things that actually matter outside of IBM. Lotus Notes is the worst email software ever designed. Lenovos suck too. Compensation is below industry norm. Everybody is "Blue washed". Lots of people who are not qualified for their jobs.

Advice to Management

Let us use open source technology. Stop making crappy software like Lotus notes. Hire from top engineering schools like Stanford and start compensating more.

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    This is not your dad's IBM anymore.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Durham, NC

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Unbelievably large company involved in numerous fields. A lot of people with many years of of service/employment, so if you wait it out a few years, there should be a mass-retirement, opening up many senior-level positions. Depending on area, work-life balance can be excellent.

    Cons

    Company is crazy to commit to EPS growth time-based targets. Focus on EPS is affecting proper business decision-making. It can seem that employees are liabilities first, with a distant afterthought about employees potentially being assets. Frustrating to see mediocre employees stay with the company for so long.

    Advice to Management

    Too much of mid-to-upper level management seems focused on empire-building. For a technology company, it's surprising how non-technical lower-level management can be. Management needs to find a faster/more efficient way to let go of under-performing employees.


  2. hardware engineering

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

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    You can learn from the experienced engineers. You can stay in one position and become the expertise in this area. Nice working environment.

    Cons

    right now the company changed the business direction. There are rounds of restructure and the hardware job positions are not stable.

    Advice to Management

    Software needs to have the customized hardware support. need to consider the hardware support in the future.


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