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"Wonderful"

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  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA
Recommends
Approves of CEO

I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

Top IT company; very smart people; great benefits; competitive salaries

Cons

Travel; minimal bonus/raises from year-to-year

Advice to Management

Promote people managers who actually want to be people managers; make an attempt to assist staff in finding work more local to where they live

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. Helpful (5)

    "Regret having worked for IBM"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    -Overworking means that you're able to learn a lot of new things: I'd think 1 year at IBM is equivalent to ~2 years at another company: experience-wise
    -Exposure to Customers and designing customer solutions
    -Flex time, Can work any time you want.

    Cons

    -Complete Lack of Respect for Employees by Management, No loyalty to employees
    -Unrealistic exceptions for EPS/Profit that when failed to meet, is then used as excuse to mistreat employees.
    -Long work hours for no benefit.
    -Unedible cafeteria food.
    -Less Pay: I actually didn't feel like I 'wanted' more money, but the job I took after IBM paid >30% more than IBM.
    -Currently very low morale: In the last 3 years or so all the 'water cooler' talk and been negative and depressing.
    -Lack of long term friendships: Because of all the turnover and layoffs and moving around people, 100% of my friends had since come and gone.
    -Embarrassing to say work at IBM. Because of all the Cons, it got to a point where it was embarrassing to say I worked for IBM when speaking with neighbors.

    Advice to Management

    I don't think management cares


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Good training, not a job for long term"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Consultant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Business Consultant in Boston, MA

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good training ground for new graduates. Especially in consulting, a chance to learn a lot by working with many clients.

    Cons

    You get locked in into one area of specialization and industry - difficult to then work with clients in other industries if you want to
    Opaque career level ("band") structure and salary levels associated with them - no manager ever showed what is the salary range for a band; you have to guess or figure out from colleagues what is possible.
    Very slow and opaque promotion process
    Low salaries compared to similar companies; good benefits though.
    Grueling schedule for consultants, driven by utilization requirements that sometimes were 100%
    A lot of things sound good on paper (benefits, mentorship programs) but they are not realized after that

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