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"Services unit (GBS) is just a body shop"

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Current Employee - IT Architect in Washington, DC
Current Employee - IT Architect in Washington, DC
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 10 years)

Pros

Brand recognition is good. State of the art technology company. Broad range of technologies and opportunities to use them. High business ethics.

Cons

Little respect for employees. Written direction that if you take your vacation, you should work extra to make up for it. Documented minimum acceptable work week is 45 hours. Education opportunities are rare, and usually only offered after hours or weekends. Business is managed on an individual utilization model that motivates employees to charge more hours, not to do a better more efficient job for our services customers. Employee year end evaluations are first measured on who has billed the most hours.

Little opportunity for internal innovation. IBM just buys innovation in the form of acquisitions.

Way too much bureaucracy. Every business opportunity has 6-10 people in charge, client executives, delivery executives, business development executives, practice area executives, sector executives, geography executives, and the list goes on.

Advice to Management

Manage the business, not individual utilization. Get rid of all the executive overhead.

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. "IBM is a great company who has lost its way"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Tremendously talented research engineers and they are accessible to customers

    Cons

    Inability to overachieve commission plan

    Advice to Management

    Return to the founding principles of the company.


  2. "Great Company, Brand Recognition is top notch"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits like 401K, Health/Dental. Competitive salary for new hires and great training program. Diverse workforce, smart people and managers, culture is great -- as well as a nice work/life balance -- when you aren't trying to meet a deadline

    Cons

    Raises are minimal, performance reviews are done by project managers, while promotions are done by managers whom you rarely see. High ulitizalition targets, and bonuses do not reflect the hard work and long hours.

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