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Updated August 26, 2015
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Pros
  • You can work from home or office (when you are in town) (in 1347 reviews)

  • Depending on projects - excellent work-life balance (in 1315 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is basically non existent (in 423 reviews)

  • Senior management has lost it's sense of what the corporate mission is (in 214 reviews)

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  1. A great Company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems X Technical Support Specialist in Egypt, AR
    Current Employee - Systems X Technical Support Specialist in Egypt, AR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It helps building up a very good knowledge and experience

    Cons

    Maybe its benefits are not so good


  2. Work on project in Bentonville AR

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Linux Systems Administrator in Bentonville, AR
    Current Contractor - Linux Systems Administrator in Bentonville, AR

    I have been working at IBM as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Big brand name, nice team members

    Cons

    work pressure is very high, tight space


  3. Software Client Leader (SCL)

    Former Employee - Software Sales Representative in Little Rock, AR
    Former Employee - Software Sales Representative in Little Rock, AR

    I worked at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Vast portfolio of products. Great pool of resources to tap for expertise.

    Cons

    Management - totally driven by transaction oriented business versus focusing on building long lasting client relationships.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people - stop making constant changes every 6 months. Clients have little confidence in their Sales Team being long lasting.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Not a good place

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    Former Employee - Technical Specialist in Bentonville, AR
    Former Employee - Technical Specialist in Bentonville, AR
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    worked third shift and the shift was quiet

    Cons

    NO formal training and not a positive enviroment

    Advice to Management

    Need to properly train new hires and not with people that don't have people skills


  6. Helpful (1)

    Good job flexibility helps offset stagnant salary/career growth.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Poughkeepsie, AR
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Poughkeepsie, AR
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Tremendous work flexibilty in terms of when and where to work. Depending on job may work with some of the best minds in the industry. Salary and benefits are competitive, however the cost of living in the Poughkeepsie, NY location has gotten dramaticly more expensive over the past few years but salaries haven't nearly kept up to make it worthwhile to live/work here instead of for example a place like Austin, TX.

    Cons

    Stagnant salary and career growth. New hires fleeing due to uninpired leadership and work. Very low morale. High cost of living and not other opportunities in the area outside of IBM keeps salaries down.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on employees instead of just the bottom line and you may be surprised as the impact on the bottom line


  7. Helpful (1)

    Quit managing in the short term

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Development Manager in Poughkeepsie, AR
    Current Employee - Development Manager in Poughkeepsie, AR
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Many opportunities if you want to travel. Working directly for a client can be rewarding.

    Cons

    Many opportunities, BUT you have to travel. There is really no work-life balance. If you are supporting commercial clients, the clients come first above everything else. If you are in the I/T side of the business, you have no work-life balance. The 100% expectation is to be "on the road". Nothing else matters and there is no sympathy from exec management. IBM has spun the media on this and it is beyond me why the covers do not get blown off on this issue.

    Advice to Management

    Quit offshoring talented workers. You are killing the company in the long run.


  8. plenty of work to go around ...

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager, Technology in Bentonville, AR
    Current Employee - Program Manager, Technology in Bentonville, AR
    Recommends

    Pros

    There is so much opportunity to provide value and make an impact since there is just so much work to go around.

    Cons

    There are many areas significantly understaffed given the business commitments made through senior management and through some of the poor budgeting processes. This means that there's too much work and often people are asked to sacrifice work-life balance. At the same time, employees have more control than some realize since there is a respect for quality work and personal boundaries if one sets them.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people in your organization... and not just the ones that make the most noise.



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