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Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
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Pros
  • Work from home 2 days/week if you have to commute over 45 minutes to the office (in 1321 reviews)

  • Work life balance ( Work from home) & wider opportunity if you have good network (in 1289 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life/balance depends entirely on the management of your individual projects (in 416 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 209 reviews)

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    Good

    Current Employee - STSM in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - STSM in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    High tech environment if in right area.

    Cons

    Resource reduction is a constant source of tension.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Techies rock

  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Work environment at IBM is definitely NOT getting better

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Talented coworkers. Good customers. Some of the technology is really good. Medical benefits are ok. 401k matching is not bad. Management recently got rid of two divisions that were dead weight - System x and chip manufacturing.

    Cons

    Salaries have been static for years. 401K matching is paid on Dec 15th, so if you leave (either voluntarily or through resource action) before that date, you get nothing. Once or twice a year, management announces big layoffs. Because the previous CEO made a commitment to grow earnings per share to $20 by Q4 2015(management called it Road Map 2015, IBMers called it Road Kill 2015), IBM has been cutting every corner they could to get there. This quarter, the earnings were so bad, they finally gave up on Road Kill 2015. What should have been good news (giving up that dumb promise) turned bad with another $600,000,000 reserved for more layoffs and the Board of Directors authorizing another $5 billion for stock buybacks. So instead of investing money to grow the company, they continue borrowing money to buy back IBM stock to prop up the stock price - completely ignoring the reason IBM is not growing (hint: It's not because there is too much floating stock). Hopefully, interest rates in the US will rise again so IBM can't continue with this game (borrowing money for less than the dividend payout for the stock they repurchase) and start using the money to grow the company .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need the big investors to get activist and fire the Board of Directors and get new people in there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Software Developer

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working hours. Good people to work with.

    Cons

    Poor management. Layoffs and furloughs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor morale these days

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    Current Employee - Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I believe salaries here are good relative to other employers in the Raleigh / Durham, NC area. There is a lot of opportunity for technical challenge. Flexible working hours (but definitely expect to work over 40 hours / week).

    Cons

    Maniacal focus on cost cutting to compensate for current lack of revenue growth. This translates into regular "resource actions" and continuously trying to do more with less.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management needs to show appreciation for front line employees via their actions and spending priorities. The focus on expense cuts, the headcount freezes, the inability to move between divisions ... these are limiting career opportunities and killing employee morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Long term contractor

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    Former Employee - Computer Systems Analyst in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Computer Systems Analyst in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you like overtime, there is that

    Cons

    Where to begin? No opportunity for advancement unless you are a recent college grad, No possibility of becoming a "regular" employee for contractors. No recognition for hard work and 48 hour work weeks. "Old boy network" hiring practices. I worked there for more than 5 years without a pay raise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I can't provide advice for management, because they take a hands-off approach, and you will likely never meet your manager's boss. I could count the interactions I had with my manager on my fingers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hard work at a company that cannot sustain itself.

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    Former Employee - Market Segment Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Market Segment Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company has a storied history. It also has a set of values it tries to adhere to. It's not always successful at that but it is better than many other companies in the industry and the values don't change based on the whims of management.

    Cons

    IBM saddled itself with a pledge of a $20 per share of earnings target target that it cannot reach in face of changes in the market. That target caused them to make cuts and jettison businesses that had a strong future because they we weighing on the earnings target. IBM became increasingly desparate as the deadline for the earnings target came closer and it was not a fun place to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on growing the business for the long term and less on quarterly earnings. Don't make earning pledges that will force you to cut off your future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lead cross functional team to develop BladeCenter servers, appliances and options

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    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager in Durham, NC

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company is so large that you have a lot of opportunity to have multiple careers at one company. You have the opportunity to collaborate with a lot of SMEs. There is flexibility in work schedule and working from home or office.

    They have a very good continuing education program. The benefits package is awesome (health, vision, dental, 401K, pension and employee discount program).

    Cons

    Because there is flexibility to work from home it seems that it is the norm to be expected to always be connected, on and available. Work life balance is very hard because of all the long hours required to complete projects. It can sometimes be hard to have a collaborative environment because you are being compared to your peers so most people are doing whatever they need to do to shine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really understand that people are the most important asset and not laser focus on the dollar bill (revenue). Do everything you can do to help your employees thrive and grow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Missed Opportunity ... again and again

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some really smart and talented people who go way above and beyond under difficult circumstances to meet stated objectives.

    Cons

    Knows they have some great people so uses them until they are driven off or ground to dust. Relies too much on the name brand and past glories. Shadow of the company it used to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop obsessing about stock price and focus on delivering products the market wants. Listen to the customer and find out what they want, not what YOU think they SHOULD buy. Get rid of the culture the encourages in-fighting and inter department warfare. In order for my business unit to succeed then someone else has to fail. That behavior is killing your business and needs to stop.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    System Administrator

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, great people to work with.

    Cons

    You never knew from one quarter to the next if you were the next to be laid off. No stability. High stress. No raises or bonuses for over 10 years. Very greedy company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not what it use to be.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Durham, NC

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility to work from any where.

    Cons

    No incentives, no raises, no team work, everyone on your team is your competition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Personal growth, promotions, hire more people because we are swamped

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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