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"IBM is a great place to contribute, and gain leadership experience"

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  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Somers, NY
Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Somers, NY
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Pros

Well diversified company with many opportunities for advancement and leadership. Management does a good job articulating your place in the company and how you can personally help achieve the organization's goals.

IBM also has a flexible work/life balance and work from home program, but be careful as with some managers, "out of sight; out of mind".

Cons

Many times you will find yourself spending unnecessary time working through "red tape" in order to get things done, which can mean many late nights in the office or working multiple weekends.

Advice to Management

IBM does a good job of defining challenging career paths and mentoring top talent employees, but they need to spend more time on compensation and rewards.

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Nice to work at home sometimes but don't expect to be well paid for it... and don't get too comfortable"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Interesting projects - cutting-edge business issues and technology at large complex clients
    Colleagues are professional, cordial and intelligent --- many have a good sense of humor
    Fills a hole on your resume while you look for another job with more potential
    Surprising breadth and depth of expertise available within IBM
    Access to rich intellectual capital and self-study courses with varying levels of usefulness
    Variety of work / life balance programs are available.
    Many internal jobs are structured as 'work from home' . Client facing personnel can work from home when they are not at client locations. This means your family will at least know what you look like even if they are rarely speak to you.

    Cons

    Low compensation - this includes both salary and bonus.
    Salary increases are limited to top performers. Cost of living increases do not exist.
    Promotions are extremely rare. Management usually blocks lateral transfers out of the group
    Benefits are comparable to other large companies, but are steadily decreased every year.
    Employee healthcare expenses (monthly contributions, deductibles, etc) increase rapidly every year.
    Actual access to work / life programs is at management discretion - many times requests are declined
    Quarterly layoffs - IBM has a stated strategy to move jobs to Brazil, China and India
    If you are laid off, you are often expected to train your replacement.
    Billing targets for consultants are very high and don't allow for time off for vacation, holidays, education or other non-billable professional activities. Not meeting your target in any given quarter makes you a lay-off candidate.
    Management has no problem laying off in one quarter and hiring in the next to make quarterly numbers.
    Education is at management's discretion. Most face-to-face classes are canceled due to lack of enrollment.
    Interaction with other IBMers, including your boss, is almost always via phone, email or instant messaging.
    Workload can be crushing.
    Travel policies make the consulting lifestyle much harder than it has to be.
    Saving IBM money is much more important than saving a consultant stress or travel time.
    Performance measurements cause divisions to compete against each other for clients. Upper level management says it wants this to stop - but every year reinforces this behavior with the the performance system.

    Advice to Management

    Too much focus on making short term quarterly numbers
    Not enough long term investment in client facing personnel or intellectual capital
    Labor arbitrage is not a full strategy in itself - IBM needs more focus on increasing value to the clients


  2. "big wheel, small cog."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Austin, TX

    Pros

    good work life balance, good benefits

    Cons

    lack of training, difficult to feel like you're making much of a difference

    Advice to Management

    this is a company with 320k employees - of course it's going to be difficult to have much connection to your employees, or as an employee, feel connected.

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