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"Global Business Services: Safe, but poor reward"

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Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at IBM full-time (More than a year)

Pros

Safety in Job; consistent long-term projects; Training both classroom, e-learning, and client-site training was excellent

Cons

Poor reward for performance. Partners were forced to dust off age-old PWC policies to reward performance and even that was well below par

Travel policies ruined by long time IBM sales teams taking advantage. Travel policies can't compete with flexibility required by clients of a consulting firm. Need to be separated.

HR policies get worse each year. Impressively bad decisions taken on behalf of 420,000 employees and in no way reflect how a consulting firm should be run. Loses a lot of ground against the private firms (i.e., Deloitte)

Advice to Management

Outsource HR management and travel policy. These are two bloated overhead costs that restrict growth of your business. Assume the need to "be seen to be doing something" each year is the reason they come up with incredibly painful and growth smothering policies that cannot let the firm run at it's potential. Separate out policies for your core hardware/software sales business away from your services businesses. Everyone shouldn't have to suffer because of a few bad apples in your traditional sales depts.

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. "Good experience, difficult to navigate"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Large company, lots of opportunities and network of people

    Cons

    Difficult to navigate through political environment


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Sadly disappointed with the personal politics."

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    Current Employee - Business Development Executive in Armonk, NY
    Current Employee - Business Development Executive in Armonk, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits, patent opportunities, travel opportunities, training opportunities, the opportunity to work in one of the pioneers of the technology industry.

    Cons

    Silo mentality, very hostile towards "outsiders" that come in later in their career, extremely political to the actual detriment of the shareholders.

    Advice to Management

    Take good corprate governance to heart. You have executives that put their personal gain before the company's. I have documentation to substantiate it.


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