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IBM is a great place to work.

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
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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    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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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    Teaming culture with integrity

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    IBM has a culture of collaboration, integrity, and performance. Individuals are given contribution targets and are expected to achieve them, but working with others is a prerequisite for success. The company often manages by matrix, meaning that you can have objectives from different managers with different objectives; e.g., manage costs and grow revenue. This tension makes for better overall performance, in my opinion. I have worked at firms that belittle their clients when they're off-site and IBM doesn't tend to be that way.

    Cons

    You can get lost in the matrix if your manager isn't covering for you. It's a big company and you need to have some political savvy as well as the ability to "cold call" within the organization to find the help you require.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay the course

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