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IBM - Big Blue - Hunting For Bargain Basement Deals

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Former Employee - IT Specialist in Denver, CO
Former Employee - IT Specialist in Denver, CO

I worked at IBM

Pros

Very flexible in working remotely from home for many positions - just be aware that that sooner or later your job / position will be off-shored to a cheaper 3rd world country, no matter how great of performer you are or how dedicated you might be.

This is a good company for any fresh-out-of-school job hunter that wants to gain some standard 21st corporate world experience. The pay is not bad for the fresh-out-of-school job hunter. For more experienced workers however, IBM is very limited. Executive management's not-so-secret agenda is to layoff as many "high priced" USA-based employees (and in other developed countries) and off-shore everything possible to the 3rd world. Any gaps are theoretically back-filled with the "layoffees" as contractors, assuming they can't find work elsewhere.

Cons

IBM is not a place where job hunters should apply if they are seeking long term employment.or stabilitry. One day an IBM employee may come into work as he/she has done for the past 20+ years and be taken into the manager's office to be told their position is being Resource Actioned (IBM does not like to use the words "Laid Off"). The soon to be EX Employee will then be required to stick around for the next 30 days. This 30 dats period is so the soon to be EX Employee will have tyhe privilage to train their India Replacement staff member. Once the 30 days is past and the training is complete the EX Employee will no longer be needed and will be thrown out like yesterday's garbage.

You'll have lots of exposure to different technologies at IBM. Unfortunately, a lot of what's forced on you is either proprietary, obscure, or rapidly vanishing outside the world of IBM (think Lotus Word Pro, Lotus Notes, Domino, etc). Many US-based jobs at IBM are "tenuous", so the workplace feels a lot like dining under the Sword of Damocles. Since your co-workers know that the end could come at any moment, and their survival depends upon how well they rank compared to you, the result is reduced information flow/share, cooperation, participation, and general workplace camaraderie among your co-workers.

On the subject of "how you rank", the PBC system (performance reviews) at IBM is a TOTAL FARCE. It's basically a random system of ranking by the managers. Worse yet, you usually already have a performance number assigned before the evaluations ever begin -- based on who the manager's favorite employees are, how many people in the dept the execs said will need to be laid off in the next year, etc.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

If all of the work that IBM does can be done with cheaper labor and cheaper office space in 3rd World countries, does that mean that eventually IBM Headquarters will be moved to India or perhaps Samuel J. Palmisano's job is going to be off-shored to Pakistan ?? Just wondering. "IBM - MADE EVERYWHERE BUT THE US".

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    Consultant with 10+ years experience and 6+ years at IBM as a Senior Consultant.

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Name brand recognition, Nice platform into other companies, extensive range of products and applications. Very smart people

    Cons

    Many layers in management, Allot of legacy 30+ yr employees, Low pay, so much time spent working at the client site, and doing IBM admin work; thus leading to less time spent on learning new applications or programs. Lack of being challenged (it all depends on what project your on),

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward hard work. Talk to your employees, provide more guidance, and mentoring, pay competitively, do not take too long in giving salary increases

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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    Great experience

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    Former Employee - Client Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Client Executive in New York, NY

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    The people were all nice. I was given broad latitude on how to do my job. And I had all the opportunity for advancement I wanted-- because I was overachieving my goals.

    Cons

    Some of the goal setting in sales was unreasonable and sometimes felt like an roundabout pay cut. Also, the compensation isn't as high as other more aggressive companies. But in exchange, you aren't fearful for your job on a regular basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better pay and more reasonable sales goals for your stars. Fire the chaff.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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