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OK for short term early career building or for retiree supplemental employment but that is about it.

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Former Employee - Advisory Software Engineer  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
Former Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC

I worked at IBM

Pros

For a young person or someone new to IT IBM still looks good on a resume. Working there for a few years will allow someone to get basic skills and experience that will be helpful after leaving IBM.

IBM has fairly decent benefits in regards to Medical and Dental insurance, flexible working arrangements and 401K.

The flexible work arrangements make for a reasonable place for a retiree to work as a supplemental employee. There is also a lot less pressure as a supplemental employee and pay is typically better than being hired as an IBM contractor.

Cons

IBM's intent is to offshore many jobs in the US. This results in high performing employees, in addition to lower performers, being laid off to move much of the highly technical work oversees.

IBM used to provide a lot of training for employees in order to maintain current skills and allow folks to upgrade into new technologies. Over that past several years education has been curtailed to increase earnings per share in a decreasing revenue environment.

Few and far between pay raises/promotions for expected work load.

When I first started with IBM management and executives were engaged with employees. Under the current CEO management has become isolated from employees. The result is a work force that has no general direction or input into product/development cycles. It also displays itself in lack of innovation in products as the folks in the trenches no longer have input in the design processes.

To sum it up I have told my children to look at IBM as an employer of last resort.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Management and executives need to reengage with employees. This will allow those that know what is truly going on in the business and products to provide much needed data that can be used for product planning and schedules.

The current CEO and board need to stop looking at short term earnings and stock price. They need to start looking long term and how to grow revenue organically. There was a time that IBM was the largest computer producer, the largest software vendor, the largest external storage producer, etc. Today it is the leader in none of these. With 31 years I can say it was not the development teams that caused this to happen. The responsibility lays squarely with the executive team.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1.  

    it's ok

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

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    job flexibility to work from anywhere
    access to pretty good company resources
    there are usually lots of backups
    you can learn from experienced people

    Cons

    very process oriented
    project management is weak
    stock plan sucks
    most managers are not technical, just HR extensions
    serious outsourcing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire good managers
    don't keep people around forever - they sit around for that pension
    look at your young talent and see how you can retain them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    it's an industry.. H/W, S/W, Services, Research.. you name, we have it

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    - Knolwedge sharing.
    - Innovation,

    Cons

    - Not the best pay master

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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