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  1. Helpful (4)

    Love my job, love IBM, losing faith in the leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dubuque, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dubuque, IA

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits, good co-workers, instant company name recognition

    Cons

    Company is constantly downsizing, and in our area, the pay is pretty low

    Advice to Management

    Don't let your best people go; it costs more to train new than to retrain your old people.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Great Opportunity, but depends on which division you work for

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Dubuque, IA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Dubuque, IA

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to grow specific skills as they pertain to the IBM portfolio. Professional services groups are top notch, they pay fairly well, and the benefits are very good too.

    Cons

    The Strategic Outsourcing groups are extremely mismanaged. Boulder, Dubuque and Columbia (MO) locations are places that I would not recommend.

    Advice to Management

    Reevaluate the effectiveness of operations in Boulder, Columbia, and Dubuque, and think about moving those operations to Poughkeepsie perhaps?

  3. Helpful (2)

    Delivery Center model: Good in theory but doesn't have the managerial or corporate support that it requires for success.

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Dubuque, IA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Dubuque, IA

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Salary was fair. Benefits good. Many of the accounts are diverse and interesting. Interesting/bright people for the most part. Love the diversity and the corporate support for it.

    Cons

    Far too many poor (biased, disengaged) managers on the 1st line and 2nd line levels. Salaried positions have expectations that PMs will work/donate a lot of hours. 'Continuous improvement' in name only...it is not implemented within PM pool. Huge disconnect between Dubuque team/management and corporate management. Most PMs do not expect or want to be with IBM long term due to the lack of opportunity, pay increases & opportunity available...seemingly all PMs are job searching. If training opportunities have any costs, PMs cannot register or participate in them...free/no cost training only. Open door/grievance process is broken. CEO received a multi-million dollar bonus just days after 1000s of employees received layoff notices...it's all about the stockholder & employees are dispensable.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the people and continue to invest in the center...or close it.

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  5. Lost in Space

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    Former Employee - Dispatcher in Dubuque, IA
    Former Employee - Dispatcher in Dubuque, IA

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Worked at a Delivery Center and was pleased to work with many great people.

    Cons

    Worked at a Delivery Center and felt the higher management was not aware of the value we added to the IBM brand.

  6. project manager

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Dubuque, IA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Dubuque, IA

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    strong assets, movement, people, managemnet

    Cons

    salary, work life, hours, customers

    Advice to Management

    Be competative

  7. Excessive levels of management, little care for employees, low salaries, advancement is difficult.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dubuque, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dubuque, IA

    I have been working at IBM

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits and vacation time. Flexible work schedule. Opportunities for self paced learning.

    Cons

    Low salaries. Company will not hesitate to lay off as many people as it takes to boost numbers for investors. IBM moves extremely slow and will jot be able to keep up with the rapidly changing IT field. Too many levels of management.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, most of them are undervalued, worked to death and not recognized for their effort while the few who work the system get praised for doing nothing.

  8. Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dubuque, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dubuque, IA

    I worked at IBM

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good team, Big Company, Great opportunity for training.

    Cons

    Not too many projects for interns to work on

  9. Review

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    Former Intern - Advisory Project Manager in Delhi, IA
    Former Intern - Advisory Project Manager in Delhi, IA

    I worked at IBM as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A good company to work

    Cons

    A very good culture to work

    Advice to Management

    Be open for the new ideas & dynamic peoples

  10. Helpful (1)

    Great environment but don't expect to make money commensurate with what your position would pull elsewhere.

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    Current Employee - Oracle Database Administrator in Dubuque, IA
    Current Employee - Oracle Database Administrator in Dubuque, IA

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Invest in employees and benefits are nice. Paid vacation is solid and unlimited paid sick days.

    Cons

    While your skills will grow your career will stagnate. Over time they try to extract just enough of each employee to keep them right at the edge of breaking.

    Advice to Management

    I really feel anything written here is irrelevant to IBM upper management. The apparent value they give to the employee is a facade. The goal is profit and it's okay to forget that actual human beings work for you. Mind slaves with no union.

  11. Helpful (3)

    Terrible, mismanaged, poor atmosphere, constant turnover

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    Current Employee - SCS Account Focal in Dubuque, IA
    Current Employee - SCS Account Focal in Dubuque, IA

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a job. There was extreme bias towards attractive women. They were promoted beyond their capabilities and received constant "attention" from the first line managers.

    Cons

    If you have no other options and don't think you can survive on the street as a homeless person, this MIGHT be a decent option. I wouldn't recommend it though.

    Advice to Management

    Find some true managers. The managers they had there got thrills out of criticizing people and were generally inept.

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