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

Advisory Software Engineer (Former Employee) Research Triangle Park, NC

ProsFor 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.

ConsIBM'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 Senior ManagementManagement 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    I have been working at IBM


    Pros: - Knolwedge sharing. - Innovation, Cons: - Not the best pay master Advice to Senior Management: None Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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    it's ok

    Staff Software Engineer (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    I have been working at IBM


    Pros: job flexibility to work from anywhere access to pretty good company… Cons: very process oriented project management is weak stock plan sucks most managers are… Advice to Senior Management: hire good managers don't keep people around forever - they sit around for… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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