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"Great company to work for, although not for an extended period of time."

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Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
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Approves of CEO

Pros

Lots of opportunity to get involved with new initiatives and tasks and develop portable skills. Lots of intelligent managers with valuable experience. Excellent top-notch benefits (401k and health insurance arguably the best, as well as free financial adviser). IBM name commands respect on your resume. Flexible work schedules.

Cons

Annual raises are poor whereas new-hire starting salaries are superb. It's highly likely that new-hires will start the year after you, or 2 years after you, with higher, or very similar salaries to yours, including your raises--even if you get outstanding performance reviews year after year. It seems there is more effort spent on acquiring new talent versus keeping and rewarding existing talent. This discourages existing talent from staying for any length of time, or continuing to strive for excellence year after year. An excellent performance review doesn't mean anything if it isn't backed up with financial reward. It just helps my resume look more attractive to recruiters elsewhere.

Also the company laptop situation is poor. On starting day you receive a used, refurbished laptop which is supposed to last you 4 years. That would be fine if you weren't also forced to use it for such basic things like checking email and billing hours--why can't I do these things on my own laptop/tablet/smartphone? Especially if I'm not dealing with classified or SBU materials. Lotus Notes is horrible.

Advice to Management

Reward existing talent with not just a bonus, but a competitive raise. Senior Consultants with several years of outstanding performance should not be paid the same as new college hire Consultants.

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. "Mixed feeling - its all about working under a powerful manager."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great philosophy, strong leaders, strong technical community, strong R&D , century old presence

    Cons

    One's success is limited to the authority of the manager he/she reports to. Great talents have been lost because a weak manager could not provide suitable growth. Poor /discriminating policies for India landed resources to other IBM sites across the world


  2. "Too many chiefs and not enough indians!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Industry Marketing in Costa Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Industry Marketing in Costa Mesa, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great public perception of the company. World wide operations with local presence everywhere. Fair treatment to newly acquired employees. Good work at home policies and technology that really helps the home worker

    Cons

    Too big. Business run by financial types stripping managers of choices in how to get work done. Way too much outsourcing to India.

    Advice to Management

    Less focus in building "management tools" and more effort in moving decisions closer to the customer!

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