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"Awful place to work"

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Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Essex Junction, VT
Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Essex Junction, VT
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Very good co-workers, nice facility. Good place to learn about semiconductor manufacturing and test. Beautiful area of the country in Vermont. Management was good at giving people time off when needed.

Cons

The extremely negative atmosphere made it a very hard place to work. Everybody was stressed out about coming to work and wondering when, not if, the next layoff would occur and who was next on the chopping block. There is and was little to no upper progression for most. The supposed mentoring program was a joke. IBM Burlington is just about the only game in town with decent wages and they know it. Little to no acknowledgement of a job well done. Lack of communication. The type of business is very cyclical with many ups and downs. When the business is down, the first thing they do is get rid of people and equipment.

Advice to Management

IBM needs to remember that people are it's number one asset and to treat them accordingly. Structure the company to weather the ups and downs and to think more long term instead of short term.

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. Helpful (7)

    "Still good name - but company culture is declining"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research in Yorktown Heights, NY
    Current Employee - Research in Yorktown Heights, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    IBM Research has a very good reputation and therefore it is might be good to have it on your CV. Especially starting a career it might be worth to give the company a chance.

    There are good and smart people with which you can work. Depending on the are you might also find interesting projects to work on.

    Cons

    The major issue with the company is that they are heavily saving on the worst things you can save which makes the work environment not fun. If they would just increase the spending a little bit it would be a real great place.

    Office Location - in the middle of nowhere with no public transportation (you NEED a car)

    Office Building - Worn out, small cubical like offices without windows (!). Be prepared that you won't see daylight until you get promoted which seems to be something like after 5 to 10 years :-)

    Cafeteria - Bad quality and overpriced. IBM does not sponsor anything - you even have to buy your coffee - which you can get until 3.30pm - after that good luck in surviving the rest of the day as there is no infrastructure around that place!

    Office Material - This is the "bring your own office materials" cost cutting thinking - seriously!

    Hardware - Depends on the funding of projects - but in general I made the observation that people buy hardware from their own money (!) to accomplish their work! I seriously never saw something like that in a company!

    Company Activities, Teambuilding, ... - Yes - you can join the parties over a webcam and sometimes they give you a cup of free coffee to enjoy yourself!

    Advice to Management

    Stop cutting costs on small things - it adds up. Have you looked around recently?

    IBM Research could be the great place to work at! But the environment makes it very difficult to enjoy it!

    Think!


  2. "Not the Same as it Used to Be"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benefits and Salary and Process.

    Cons

    Strategic Direction means less Benefit for More Work
    Getting Wors

    Advice to Management

    Stop letting your best Talent Leave
    Stop chasing the bottom of the barrel dollar

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