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Good work arrangement

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

I have been working at IBM

Pros

1. flexible work location;
2. do things at own pace;

Cons

1. job off-shoring, make job security an issue

Recommends
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Disappointing and discouraging

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Long Term Supplemental Role in East Lansing, MI
    Current Employee - Long Term Supplemental Role in East Lansing, MI

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Decent health insurance (if you pay for the step-up plan)
    Well known company
    Access to all documentation
    Access to self-paced training on a variety of topics

    Cons

    Low salaries in comparison to the market
    Employees are micromanaged
    Experienced professionals are treated like children
    Attendance is taken
    Employees (might) have one square yard of work space in the office
    Employees are discouraged from working from home, even when their clients request it
    Long term supplemental employees are not allowed to post for "regular" jobs for 18 months from when they were hired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you have a problem that affects the employees (like you need to show bodies in seats to clients when they visit), ask the people affected for suggestions on solving the problem. Don't assume that you have all of the answers. People will support you, if you are interested in their opinion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Driven by the bottom line, but tons of lip service

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    The benefits are good, and there are really a lot of smart people to learn from.

    Cons

    Salaries and bonuses are out of sync with the industry. I'm a 2+ performer and got a <$1000 bonus after almost 10 years at IBM. Layoffs happen twice a year until you're so overloaded with work that you threaten to quit. That's when they get you a resource in India who's harder to work with than a local intern (and this resource will quit to find another job).
    Executives make a lot more and love spewing pearls of wisdom on the overloaded worker bees.
    No camaraderie because everyone "works from home", so if you're social and prefer to be able to break the monotony of your cube, you'll have nobody but the janitors to talk to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improving the expense:income ratio by outsourcing jobs to India, laying off people, and cutting budgets for travel, development, marketing and research is a very short term way to fix things.
    Look at the flux of people leaving IBM and recognize that things are very, very unhealthy. Please get an anonymous survey of employees to measure satisfaction (I've never seen one in almost a decade working here).
    Oh, and a $1000 reward that vests in 6 years (plus a dozen strings attached) as a thank you to employees for a great 2010 is simply pathetic!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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