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IBM is a great place to work.

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Former Employee - Consulting IT Specialist in Cleveland, OH
Former Employee - Consulting IT Specialist in Cleveland, OH

I worked at IBM

Pros

IBM is an extremely large company that has a variety of job opportunities. Many positions at IBM enable you to work from home when not at a client/customer.

Cons

Currently, IBM has too much management and has reversed the changes made by Sam Palmisano's predecessor. Therefore, there are too many chiefs and not enough indians. The career planning / mentoring at IBM is pure marketing hype and has no true value.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Reduce the amount of management and invest more $$ in valuable technical resources and R&D.

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    Lack of recognition and promotion for the employees that keep the stock price up

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Work at home options and job flexibility

    Cons

    Not all organizations within IBM are required to treat employees the same. There are standard HR policies and guidelines in place, none of which are used by my organization. If you're not working 60 hours a week, you're not working enough. People leaving the company don't get replaced, the work gets dumped onto someone else and the pay doesn't increase. Raises for the workers making it happen are non existent, but good ol' CEO and VP's get multi-million dollar bonuses. Morale is non existent, and if you go to your manager about job dissatisifaction or needing more compensation, you are told you should feel happy and 'priveledged' to be working for IBM. Then, you'll get laid off anyway as all work is shifting to the global workforce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Gimme some of that money if you want me to care anymore.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Challenging problems and smart colleagues

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Research Staff Member in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Research Staff Member in Austin, TX

    I have been working at IBM

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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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