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"Great place to work, except for the short sightedness of management"

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Current Employee - Senior IT Specialist in Boston, MA
Current Employee - Senior IT Specialist in Boston, MA
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Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Flexibility to work at home or traditional office and have more flexible hours. The possibilities are amazing ad there is so much that can be learned.

Cons

I seem to always to be on call. While I am senior at my work, I sometimes feel junior in what I am doing.

Advice to Management

Management is too focused on the stock market, making money on consulting and tightening the rules while moving jobs to India to fatten the bottom line. Meanwhile, IBM is slow to adopt new technologies or has bloatware that few people are trained on.

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. "Sweet n' Sour"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Manager in Raleigh, NC
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There's a lot of emphasis on employee development, although not for all employees. The benefits package is good as well.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy! It gets in the way of business, stifles innovation and discourages good ideas.

    Advice to Management

    Don't just talk about allowing the people closer to the action to make their own decisions; actually allow this to happen. Also, don't make grandiose announcements about record revenues and then come up with weak excuses for granting tiny raises (even for top performers) a week later.


  2. "Working at IBM has its advantages."

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    IBM issues laptops to all of their employees and depending on your manager this makes working remotely fairly easy to do. When it comes to HR related tasks IBM seems to trust their employees and their managers as vacation/sick time is not centrally tracked.

    Cons

    IBM is an extremely large company and as such sometimes suffers from its size. Because of its large size the company has implemented many process/requirements that cause inefficiencies in day to day work. Compensation and pay are awarded based on a pool system that is sub-divided as you move down the organization which results in limited flexibility for managers to reward top performing employees. Additionally as the company is spread across the globe you may be working with people who you've never met face to face for years.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to be 'equivalent' to other companies in the field with regards to compensation/benefits. Instead focus on providing compensation/benefits that maximize productivity.

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