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Solidly good place to work overall, but lots of bureaucratic overhead and ossified systems

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Current Employee - Product Manager in Cambridge, MA
Current Employee - Product Manager in Cambridge, MA

I have been working at IBM

Approves of CEO
Approves of CEO

Pros

* Good people to work with, with some really stellar folks
* Nearly any important company or government in the world is a customer
* Good benefits
* If you're on a good project that's doing well financially, it can be fun (and a lot of work)
* Well known, well-respected company

Cons

* Expense tightening is getting a little too much
* Committees for everything as a way to avoid personal decision making
* Compartmentalization of roles can be extreme
* Antiquated systems and processes (green screens, and Lotus Notes needs a serious overhaul)
* Interruptions and crisis mode are a way of life
* Politics can be soul crushing
* It's a Big Machine

Advice to Management

It's ok to invest and take more internal risks. Have a planning horizon that's longer than 1 fiscal year for more internal investments.

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IBM

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  2. A good place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at IBM

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company really believes in innovation

    Cons

    It's bureaucratic. Many people are deeply embedded in process, and don't really produce much in the way of creative or useful output.

    Advice to Management

    Fire a bunch of mid-level marketing people


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