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"IBM isn't that great of a place to work."

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Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

There are good discounts with business partners. It looks good on a resume when you look for a new job (and most of us inevitably will).

Cons

Layoffs even when the company's profits are in the billions. The CEO describes layoffs as 'business as usual'. We're expected to create world-class products using worthless, freebie tools that don't work properly. Managers change jobs regularly every two years, leading to instability in every group. Quotas in performance reviews stop careers from progressing. The internal financial results our bonuses are based on are always somehow lower than the public results, so our bonuses are always lower than projected.

Advice to Management

Treat employees like an asset, not disposable parts.

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Needs changes at the top"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Consultant in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Hires good people; decent but not great work environment; opportunity to do different types of work; exposure to leading edge technologies; solutions focus (rather than narrow one-product-line firm) (except as noted below).

    Cons

    Top management:

    Very greedy (pump-and-dump stock; huge profits by selling stock they didn't buy but were awarded). Very short-term oriented. Lack respect for individual, treat ordinary employees almost with comtempt. Downright unpatriotic (especially Palmisano) with respect to keeping jobs and production capability in USA. Despite fancy words and speeches, not particularly customer-focused. Not particularly effective communicators. Lack strategic vision. Exploit technological trend-of-the-moment rather than leading, despite best research organization in the industry. Avoids risk-taking. Needs more outsiders and some ordinary employee-shareholders on Board Of Directors. Top half dozen or so should be replaced, especially Palmisano. That alone would boost morale and productivity immensely.

    Company:

    Extremely bureaucratic. Incredible amount of reporting, paperwork, meetings, impairs productivity. Only gets worse when times are tough, impairing productivity all the more, making situation worse rather than better.

    Strategy:

    Growth and profitability, while decent and better than many firms in recent years, has been largely through acquisition rather than 'organic' growth. Lacks long-term vision for systems leadership, though services strategy has been largely effective. (This has come at a cost of great pressure on the management and employees of the services businesses in terms of work-life balance and need/ability for self-education to keep up with technology changes.) (An exception to the 'effective' comment: the high-end consulting business has not been managed well; for example, many of the best people acquired from PwC became very dissatisfied, early, and left--one wonders if IBM top management ever understood this business and ever will. It's fundamentally different from technical consulting.)

    Advice to Management

    Resign.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "IBM: The good and the bad."

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    IBM has nearly a century old legacy of being in the forefornt of Human Resource Policies, it was one of the few major corporations to have a manager of color, to having given benefits to same sex couples to prohibit discrimination. It is one of the few companies which cannot officially donate corporate contibutions ( via PAC) to politicians.
     IBM has always tried to hire the brightest of the people from various schools or other companies, this in turn has helped the company maintain a very high caliber work force.
    IBM does have some good benefits, one of the very few companies even today offering free medical to employees.

    Cons

    Like some of the legacy companies IBM seems to have too many managers, the hierarchy level is simply too large for it to function in todays day and age esp when it comes to customers requiring immediate feedback. The company needs to have far fewer levels possibly by trimming a lot of fat from the top.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the size of the middle level managers. There simply are too many "managers".

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