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"Great people, decent pay, but no room to advance"

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Current Employee - Consulting Sales Specialist
Current Employee - Consulting Sales Specialist
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

The people who work at IBM are terrific. Bright, savvy, 'whatever it takes'. I have never met a better group of dedicated professionals eager to make their clients happy.

Cons

1. Too many Resource Actions (RAs) aka layoffs. The latest round affected too many good people that IBM cannot afford to let go
2. Some (ie Cringley) have predicted that 78% of IBM US personnel will be gone by 2015 in order to meet the $20 EPS promise that Palmisano made, called Roadmap 2015. Internally we call it Roadkill 2015.
3. Company manages by cost cutting and with little consideration for the people. Do not expect any raises once you get here.

Advice to Management

The heavy handed management style that Gerstner brought with him still exists today. Today's manager / director / VP only cares about him or herself, and promoting ones career. Morale is as low as I have ever seen, and the cost cutting moves that Ginny Rommetti has made ensure that it stays low. Micromanagement is rampant.

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. "Pretty good"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Advisory Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Advisory Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work, decent pay, good co-workers

    Cons

    Too many layers of management


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great in the past but the 2015 plan is destroying the company."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Melbourne (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The variety of work is amazing.
    The diversity of people you work with is a great outcome from past diversity programs.
    Sick Leave really helps out when you need it and so far has avoided the cuts.
    Still good on the resume but that is suffering.
    Worked here for 15 years and hope to survive 5 more.

    Cons

    The 2015 Road Kill(RoadMap) has the focus of senior management who have the most to gain from the share price hike and this is to the detriment of the IBM's employees, clients and long term viability of the company.
    The span of control is crazy and I have the greatest respect for the 1st line managers here trying to keep the business going and the team together.
    Senior management in Oz think they are leading, they are just feathering their own nest and following Ginni and her exec teams direction.
    The workload is not sustainable and sending more work to low skilled workers is not the answer.
    The hiring process has been busted for years and no one is fixing it. I have seen many good senior resource managers fail to fix this.
    Management feedback surveys have ceased. . . I know there is a good reason for that.

    Advice to Management

    Sending work to low skill workers must stop. This is crazy and the last two years has proved it does not work.
    All 1st line managers need proper training not the internal BS.
    Throw the hiring and onboarding process out with the dishwater and get one that really works.
    The RA's about to happen in June 2012. . . management in Oz must push back we already are so low on good workers and you want to get rid of some more????
    Bring back the management surveys but include the responses from 1st line managers into the senior VP's performance results. You will reap the rewards.


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