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"Not your father's IBM"

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Former Employee - Various in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Various in San Francisco, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

Employees with a passion for IT technology.
Processes and procedures for all aspects of the business keep operations running fairly smoothly.

Cons

Bully culture in executive ranks (at least in the US).
The company has been driving up the stock price by cutting expenses, especially salaries and benefits - hence the many rounds of cuts and early retirements which have decimated the ranks of experienced professionals in IBM. The brain drain has accelerated with the voluntary departure of top talent.
Extremely risk adverse management forcing a unhealthy and unsustainable reliance on innovation through acquisitions. (IBM Research still excels at invention, but their output typically must go outside of IBM to be nurtured to the innovation stage (by engineers and entrepreneurs) before being brought into the IBM product portfolio through company acquisition.

Advice to Management

Dedicate 40% of product / solution funding to disruptive innovation (establish an internal VC fund with timelines not tied to the fiscal calendar and suitable investment criteria), remove the barriers between business units, and recognize the value of experienced professionals.

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Not the best, not the worst"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Decent Salary/Benefits package
    - Telework/Flexible work options
    - Good variety of work

    Cons

    - No sense of belonging
    - Impractical performance metrics
    - Slow upward mobilty
    - No reimbursement for professional dues or cell phone. Your personal cell is also your IBM phone.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Don't work there unless you are desperate or new to the job market"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tech Support in Dubuque, IA
    Current Employee - Tech Support in Dubuque, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    lots to learn. Most people are nice

    Cons

    Managers don't care about individuals' growth but trying to get their own asses covered.

    Advice to Management

    People will keep leaving if you don't pay them fair salaries.

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