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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. ASIC design engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at IBM full-time

    Pros

    good working environment, flexible work time and location

    Cons

    cost down and down, take cost down more serious than business development

    Advice to Management

    respect team member's creative value, not only considering cost down


  2. Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

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

    Pros

    Big company with complete process and compensation.

    Cons

    Too big, too many processes.


  3. Client Rep

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    Former Employee - Sales Director in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Sales Director in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at IBM (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    strong brand in tradition IT industry, a lot of new things to learn, good culture

    Cons

    too process driven, too complex, only have knowhow in banks, telecom and avation


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  5. Life of an IBMer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work culture. You can manage your schedule and work it around to your availability. Global support structure allows around the clock support and share expertise amongst geographies.

    Cons

    Doesn't value employees and too many skilled employees are leaving the company.

    Advice to Management

    Find a better way to retain the skilful employees and to fire the redundant ones.


  6. Nice place to work

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    Former Employee - Sales in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Sales in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    many resource you can leverage, a good brand to open customer's door. Have plenty of products you can talked with your customers.

    Cons

    A little slow and too much focus on process and wasted a lot of time on internal communication. Too much paper work and meetings.

    Advice to Management

    reduce the paper work and don't put so much pressure on the sales team.


  7. good place to learn

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good system and good learning opportunities

    Cons

    too big, bureaucratically, most of them are playing politics and being lazy

    Advice to Management

    it's not easy to reshape, as the org is just too big


  8. Great place for fresh graduates

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Supply Chain in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Colleagues were helpful and training opportunities were great. Big name that can shine your resume. Many young talents to work with and learn from. Employees are able to work home-office.

    Cons

    Process was too complex. Everyone only had limited work scope, so it could be hard to see the big picture. Even though there were many opportunities to transfer to other team internally but it could be tough to deal with sometimes. For those who are working on business outsourcing for external clients, there is hardly any work-life balance.

    Advice to Management

    It won't always work if you only try to motivate employees by the vision and brand of IBM. Compensation and benefit should be improved appropriately to match the performance of employees.


  9. Consultant

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    Current Employee - Technical Consultant in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Current Employee - Technical Consultant in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

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

    Pros

    Amazingly deep technical talent worldwide.

    Cons

    No salary growth. Heavy bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce stock repurchase. Put more of earnings into employee incentives


  10. 9 years java developer, test and team leader on performance tools

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Work Life Balance Flexible Working Time Annual Leaves

    Cons

    Low Salary Bureaucracy and very complex process

    Advice to Management

    Improve Chinese Salary to market average Reduce complex process and encourage real innovate


  11. Great place to always find opportunity working in different contexts.

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    Current Employee - Manager, Systems Testing in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Current Employee - Manager, Systems Testing in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    plenty of opportunities vast knowledge pools

    Cons

    similar barriers exist just as other companies HR demonstrates too much power in the decision making process



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