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"IBM is a company I would recommend to others."

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Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Tucson, AZ
Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Tucson, AZ
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Approves of CEO

Pros

Within the organizations I supported and worked, I was constantly surrounded by educated professionals. Most companies have several "dead weight" employees; however I did not see many of these individuals in IBM. It seemed that most made a fair attempt to carry their weight and contribute to the team. In addition, those that were labeled as being unproductive were either encouraged to increase performance or they were part of the regular resource actions (layoffs). Thus, by having competent workers surrounding you, the overwhelming work load seemed a bit lighter... a bit.

Secondly, general management does care about employee work-life balance. If anyone tries to tell you that IBM pressured them into compromising family life in favor of work schedule, question their motives. Of course, the executive work load is much greater than lower-level, and they at times, have work-life balance issues - but are well compensated for it.

Cons

In some organizations, there is a tendancy to 'stay the course' among lower-level employees. New initiatives and strategic changes were seen as temporary 'fire-drills' that would go away if ignored long enough. This type of attitude enables poor response to competition in the market and a general disalusion from sales and BPs as the the consideration IBM gives to their cause. When a new executive is appointed to make changes within an organization, those changes come slowly, or not at all.

Furthermore, an employee looking to distinguish his/herself from the pack needs to seriously network. There is no 'automatic' climb to the top with hard work... even if you immediate management recognizes your talents. You MUST reach beyond your organization and network, network, network.

Finally, with layoffs the workload does not diminish, but is reassigned. There was a period of 2 years as my 'expected actions' rose 400% due to assuming others' work as they were let go.

Advice to Management

Stay the course, only faster. Question success and pay closer attention to areas of failure. Rely less on Business Partner strengths and focus more on how to increase their capabilities.

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Slow and Steady wins the race, don't expect $$$"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Client Executive in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Client Executive in Dallas, TX
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The education a company life IBM conprovide for employees looking to re-tool is powerful - especially in sales and management... but watch out if you're in a service delivery role because it's very challenging to get training there. The benefits are outstanding, time off for critical family issues is really remarkable but overall work/life balance is better than average.

    Cons

    In theory IBM should have tons of opportunity for growth (different divisions, many countries, etc.) but you get pigeon holed quickly, and find its very difficult to move up. They are like the ancient roman army or something... they just assume when the first line goes down there's tons of people to step in so you only move up by out-lasting your competition (who probably left for more money and challenges somewhere else).

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to work on really rewarding and growing their top talent. They let the best people get away because they get frustrated. I believe this is what hampers IBM from truly great performance as a company.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "IBM: Great place to learn, bad place to work."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Hardware Engineer in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Former Employee - Staff Hardware Engineer in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to learn from others

    Cons

    Focus is given to those who only exist to contribute to IBM, without regards for any personal life. In other words while IBM touts "work/life balance" as being important, it actually encourages an "all work / no personal llfe" atmosphere. The moment a person realizes that they need to slow down and re-claim their personal life, IBM loses interest in that person and labels them as "making too much money...", hoping that the person will eventually get frustrated from a lack of forward financial progress, and simply quit. Alternatively, if the person doesn't quit, they get laid off.

    Advice to Management

    If you're going to not have a more even handed approach to dealing with all your employees, not just those dedicated to the "all work / no life" ethic, don't get upset when some of those "all-workers" look around, notice what is happening to their friends and colleagues, and decide they-themselves decide to quit while they still have their high energy levels…


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