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"Great place to develop, though compensation isnt' competitive."

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Managing Consultant - Strategy in Somers, NY
Current Employee - Managing Consultant - Strategy in Somers, NY
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Pros

Solid, stable place to start a career. You can grow as fast as you drive yourself... but motivation must be internally driven.

Experience will widely vary by which division that you land in. Services businesses typically place a large emphasis on number of billable hours worked. Systems division is always trying to run a more lean business and do more with less. Software is not uniform as a number of current employees were brought on through numerous acquisitions over the last 5-10 years.

Cons

Salary is not competitive with market rates if you stay more than a few years. Constant revamping of employee benefit programs makes you wonder if HR has anything better to do.

Advice to Management

Compensate your top, young talent!

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. Helpful (1)

    "It is good if you don't depend on your salary for living and want to telecommute"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Telecommuting, access to large SW library

    Cons

    Compesation is lousy and only selected few are getting pay increases, but only of they give their life away to IBM. If you want to have work-life balance, forget about career advancement, promotions and salary increases

    Advice to Management

    Hire experienced professionals, not just straight out of college IBM lifers. Pay experienced professionals the market rate they deserve and let them change the old obsolete ways IBM is doing business


  2. "Big blue is a pretty good place to be"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a market leader with lot of opportunities. With over three hundred thousand employees around the globe and core business that spans hardware, software, and services, there are tons of opportunities to learn and grow in just about any area you field you care to pursue. Also, IBM is good at listening to it's employees. It is an organization that encourages autonomy and contribution by it's personnel. This may be due to the proclivity towards hiring independent minded technical people. In fact, you do not need be a sales or management star to excel at IBM. There are many, many individual contributors on a technical plane that are akin to executives with their power and pay.

    Cons

    It's a behemoth that encourages specialization and has an engineering dominated mindset

    Advice to Management

    Put a little more focus on marketing and competent sales. Otherwise continue business as usual.

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