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"Process heavy, low innovation environment with below average compensation"

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

-Employees encouraged to make frequent lateral job changes
-Opportunity to move across businesses without existing expertise
-Global organization; opportunities to gain global perspective
-If you gain your satisfaction mainly from activities outside work easy to find a job where there are low demands on your time
-Performance standards are low

Cons

-Unusually heavy process orientation, even for a large organization, leads to very low innovation
-Employees, even senior managers are so beat down by processes that there is little focus on results; mainly process
-Benefits are notably below average; company constantly seeking ways to indirectly reduce compensation by eliminating reimbursements, etc.
-Laggard in terms of technology adoption and innovation - you can quickly fall behind by staying at IBM
-Very high overhead of staff personnel/overhead cost; not likely to be sustainable in the long term.

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. Helpful (5)

    "Relative ranking is absolutely past its time."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A diverse set of roles are available for those looking to move within the company.
    Significant opportunity to work with other Fortune 500 companies and clients.

    Cons

    The relative ranking system is now causing solid workers to be flagged as poor performers; someone has to do the grunt work.
    Extremely difficult to move between software group brands or to different divisions.

    Advice to Management

    Scrap the current individual relative ranking system for now in favor of a team based performance system combined with a 360 performance feedback for individuals leading to a blended performance result.
    Significantly change the performance metric system every 5 years.


  2. "Good work life balance bad compensation"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Renowned company.
    CMMi level 4.
    Good exposure.
    Good perks and learnings

    Cons

    Bad compensations as compared to other companies.

    Advice to Management

    Is very neutral

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