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"Once a shining piller of technology now going to seed"

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Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Hawthorne, NY
Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Hawthorne, NY
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

When times are good you can end up working on some of the most exciting and innovative stuff. There are some really brilliant people at Watson research today.

Cons

Research is now much more focused on funding than on innovation, with the result being that more and more focus is put on coming up with ways to make the current product portfolio stronger. This is difficult, especially when you consider that the typical Research Staff Member is a Ph. D. with little practical knowledge of how the products are used, and with little to no access to customer feedback. This results in projects that are irrelevant to the product line or are redundant to work being done already by the product staff. If you are not working on a project like this but something disruptive you often have to sell it to the people who are being disrupted (called "finding a catcher"); oftentimes these people are so vested in the current product that they may spend their efforts killing your work rather than embracing it.

Advice to Management

Get back to your roots. Find ways to encourage speculative research. The importance of research is to come up with the next game changers, not to improve the current product line. It's not IBM Advanced Technology, it's IBM Research!

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. "Great people to work with!"

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    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, Atmosphere, Smart people, Wonderful connections

    Cons

    Middle Management, and sometimes Senior mamnagement can be hard headed and slow to change.

    Advice to Management

    Do better!


  2. "great place to start, then should move out"

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    Former Employee - Research Staff Member in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Research Staff Member in Austin, TX
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good people, relaxed atmosphere, smart people around you to learn a lot

    Cons

    lacking guidance, isolation from the real world

    Advice to Management

    motivate, encourage, delegate

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