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A great work/life balance

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Current Employee - Senior IT Specialist in Sacramento, CA
Current Employee - Senior IT Specialist in Sacramento, CA

I have been working at IBM

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

Work/Life balance. A large portion of IBM works from home and flexibility is part of the culture as long as goals are met.

Cons

Large, rigid corporation. People don't leave often so opportunities for advancement come much slower than in smaller organizations.

Advice to Management

Quit wasting Billions buying back stock and keep salaries pacing inflation, last year you spend 20x the money buying back stock while employees lagged inflation. Demand more from employees in exchange for keeping up with inflation. In the short term keeping salaries low works but long term your employees start to focus on side jobs to maintain thier quality of life.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Great company going to waste

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at IBM

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

    Pros

    Looks good on the resume
    Some very talented people work at this company
    Tremendous resources that can be brought to bear - financial, talenetd people, geographic reach, technology

    Cons

    Old boy network - very hard to break into
    Consulting business model is broken - billable utilization target is 95%!!
    In GBS people are commodities to be hired out on ANY project irrespecive of whether or not it fits your skills and interests
    In GBS salaries are usually lower than the market
    Most leaders are rewarded based solely on business generated - no incentive to look after their people or invest in innovation

    Advice to Management

    Look after your employees - they're your only asset. Yes, clients are important but without satisfied employees it wont matter what clients you have

  2. Challenging problems and smart colleagues

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Staff Member in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Research Staff Member in Austin, TX

    I have been working at IBM

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    IBM poses challenging problems to its employees and you get to work with smart colleagues to solve the problems. The pay and benefits are good. The company seems serious about balancing work and family time, although like any high tech company, there are times when the job can become all-consuming. The sheer size and aggregate capabilities of IBM's employee base is staggering... when they are applied effectively. Few companies can attack problems of the scale that IBM can. Several times in its history, IBM has re-invented itself to adapt to changing business and technical circumstances. Overall, it seems like a good place to work.

    Cons

    As might be expected for a company the size of IBM (390,000 employees at last count), there is a large amount of bureaucracy and bureaucratic thinking. Often the bureaucracy can create barriers to innovation, which leads to stagnant product releases. Upper management is very focused on hitting short to medium term financial goals, which although positive in many ways (challenging employees to think creatively) also leads to making some business decisions that are good in the short term but not in the long term. Basically, IBM's sheer size is both its greatest asset and the greatest challenge faced by prospective employees.

    Advice to Management

    Take more risks, shake things up to ensure that employees do not simply take the path of least resistance, challenge R&D to create breakthrough technologies, then push development hard to adopt them (or create their own).

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