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"Bad, pretty bad"

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  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Project Executive in Bengaluru (India)
Current Employee - Project Executive in Bengaluru (India)
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

1. You learn the art & science of project and program management.
2. You learn to navigate a very large organization, the art of politics.
3. Customers tend to value you and you can (in some cases) bring real value to the customer.
4. IBM's education systems are amongst the best anywhere.

Cons

1. Managers and processes are designed for themselves, not for the people.
2. GBS is not a place for much innovation. ISL may be better.
3. There are minimal processes in place. It is pretty chaotic.

Advice to Management

1. IBM is actually pretty chaotic. Leadership has to understand the core philosophy behind havng processes. Process systems are actually pretty spotty.
2. Like delivery has responsibilities, KRAs, the support systems should have similar expectations. These are missing.
3. Please stop thinking IBM is the beginning and the end of the IT world and the rest of the world is a small pond. It's the other way, there are best practices out there that will make IBM at least 15 times more effective. Stop being arrogant, please be humble and open to the outside. No, INFY & Wipro are not "those other pure play" people. They are beating the pants off you in a lot of places.

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. Helpful (4)

    "The old grey mare ain't what she used to be"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Superior health benefits. Above average technology for workers. Mobile workforce. Onsite facilities superior. Very good physical security of buildings. Name recognition of company gives workers pride.

    Cons

    Work life balance was replaced with work life integration. Meaning that there are no "off hours". you are never off the clock due to the global nature of the company. IBM 1st, employees second. Days of "Respect for the Individual" are long gone. Working hours are horrendous with 55 hour work weeks commonplace. Pressure to perform is tremendous and layoffs have become commonplace.

    Advice to Management

    Remember what got you there; the 3 basic beliefs.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Good for a graduate, lots of red tape"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you get one of the IBM gradate placements you will learn a lot, due to the exposure to different parts of the business.

    Cons

    Lots of "Blue" tape, not sure if it's more than other big companies (IBM s ~400K employees), but a lof of things feel like they should be easier

    Advice to Management

    1) Cut down the management structure
    2) Start making decisions and acting on them rather than delaying
    3) Improve internal systems, so much time is wasted due to Notes and w3 being slow


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