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  1.  

    Welcome to a new world run by robots

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    IBM as a legacy technology culture is one of the all time greats. Unfortunately, they have been going through an identity crisis for the past 40 years, and it isn't getting any better. Instead of inventing the future, they seem to want to copy other people's innovative business ideas, all the while filing new patent after patent on stuff they never product-ize. That said, they have a lot of brilliant people and a lot of opportunities across the map.

    Cons

    Putting up with the robots that run the show, and the Sales/Business development people they report to. They waste a lot of employees time with stupid useless extra-curricular stuff. They are clearly in decline in terms of technical leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that people in their 20s and 30s have an entirely different career arc that people in their 50s and 60s. Trying to treat a technologist with 40 years of experience the same as a kid who just graduated with a CS degree is an enormous mistake. The company is too big. Break it up into several smaller companies--the synergy is no longer working for you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Dehumanizing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Service Delivery Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Service Delivery Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Some of the people with whom I worked were pros for this organization - some of my peers, the technical line staff, and occasionally an executive who understands the balance of delivering well with ensuring overdelivery is avoided. Executives take the manager's side on most manager-employee disputes.

    Cons

    They offer very poor compensation vs. the market, and offer no consideration of work-life balance. People at sub-executive levels literally live in fear of "resource actions" that are executed annually to move more resources offshore for a (currently) favorable price model. Repositioning the truth to the customer to reflect internal changes in policy or strategy is commonplace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you choose to work for them in this capacity, expect overwork (80-90 hours/week without a break for months and months on end). IBM promotes and encourages an overarching corporate drive to move all domestic resources offshore for no quality reasons, but to simply offer the customer a cheaper deal.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bought when company bought in 2002, feels like a body shop, disconnected from corporate mainstream.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity if you're willing to put in the hours, follow their policies and practices, and get a little bit lucky selling business and working for and with good people, of whom there are plenty. Decent benefits. Lots of resources, but can be difficult to locate, access, and utilize

    Cons

    Living with no raise in the last six years because I'm not rated in the top 5% of performers. Performance rated by people who know nothing about you and have very limited input and criteria. Promotions available but require tedious documentation, changing criteria, evaluation by people who again know nothing about you, other than what you put on your personal sales document soliciting a promotion, and have sales expectations, which is not where I or many want to go. No pension any more and 401K contribution diminishing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If your intent is to foster and nurture a culture of self-serving employees, who's first concern is themselves rather than the client or the company, in all ways and at all times, then you are doing just fine. Personally, I didn't grow up and have not lived my life to be self-serving but to contribute, earn my reasonable share, and be part of something bigger than myself with purposes bigger than myself. That's not what I see your management style inculcating, rather, the exact opposite. I'll be leaving before too long; good luck with that style, be surprised at what it yields.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great time

    Former Employee - Accountant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Accountant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    International environment
    Lots of training
    Good coworkers

    Cons

    Poor benefits and salary
    No work life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

  6.  

    A great place to work

    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Predictable work schedule and plenty opportunity to learn and grow

    Cons

    Limited move up opportunities and other career opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to be more creative on top of procedure and process

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    OK for a first job out of college, but I know much better opportunities are out there

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    High paying, met a lot of great people, good vacation time but hard to use it

    Cons

    Management needs work. It's hard to see the impact or appreciation of your day-to-day efforts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good People Poor work enviroment

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    Former Employee - Power Systems Sales in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Power Systems Sales in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The talent of people that you are able to work with in great and motivated. You have the ability to gain customers attention and start a conversation easily by stating you are from IBM and I would like to talk to you about .....

    Cons

    Cumbersome processes which make you feel that you are not in control or that your view point matters. Can not reach fast to customers questions and always need to set expectations that solutions or answers may take several days

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to the smart field sales people and organize the company to help them meet and beat customer expectations instead of having them catch arrows for sluggish responses

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Consultant review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    There is a decent Starting salary and some benefits

    Cons

    Not a lot of training. Opportunities aren't readily available. Change is slow. Lots of Bureaucracy and internal systems aren't up to par to make work easy and efficient.
    Managers don't focus on growth within the current talent or with clients to expand products.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Reasonable

    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Various oppportunities such as vairous roles

    Cons

    Salary is not as expected with cost of living

  11.  

    Good benefits and great work life balance. Not a great work environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, good work life balance. Except to get what you would get at any large american corporation. The benefits are good, the network is large, there are opportunities to work remotely.

    Cons

    No training, not great work environment, no mentorship. IBM is a factory for entry level work. Tons of people leave after a year or two in the organization. The people that stayed for longer in the consulting world were not very happy at the company and they showed it. It was hard to find people who had been there for an extended time and were happy with their jobs. I didn't know any.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Create career pathways
    - Get people on remote consulting projects more involved with other people
    - Assist with B-school payments so people are incentivized to come back

    No opinion of CEO

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