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"IBM used to be great but is now just so-so"

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Current Employee - Brand Pricer
Current Employee - Brand Pricer
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Flexibility
Benefits
Vacation time
Camraderie

Cons

- With all of the layoffs, work is spread around to those who are left
- Management not that supportive of letting you "leave your area" to try something new

Advice to Management

Don't offshore as much...

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. Helpful (2)

    "People are treated as commodities and not invested in; compensation low compared to peers cos."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Executive
    Current Employee - Client Executive
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Ability to get a broad base of experience(s). Overall great coworkers...middle management has no ability to do anything expect inspect everything. Too many people, in sales roles, working form home and claiming credit for stuff versus making it happen.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, constant micromanagement, too many people get paid on sales deals that have nothing to do with them.

    Advice to Management

    Rewarded the true performers.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Big Blue transforms to Big Red as the US workforce is massacred and blood runs in the streets."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - 'Anonymous'
    Former Employee - 'Anonymous'
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Job flexibility is very nice and a good benefit. Being able to work on your own from time to time and not have to go to an office every day is something that can come in handy. Salary is more or less comparable with the market. Benefits are also just OK. As a rule the best thing about IBM, for the most part, are the people you work with. 99.9% are educated, polite and helpful. Most will go out of their way to assist you with projects, objectives or other areas where you may need some help or guidance to finish your tasks.

    Cons

    IBM is very self-centered. It places NO VALUE on its USA workforce. We are viewed as an bottom-line expense that needs to be jettisoned as soon as possible. There is a corporate productivity program referred to as LEAN, but internally we all know it stands for Lay off Every American Now. And basically that is what they are doing. Their goal is to move 80% of the existing US workforce to Brazil, India or some other low wage country. So far in the first quarter of 2009 they have already dumped 20,000 US employees. Their complete destruction of hundreds of thousands of American lives quite obviously has no bearing on the conscious of the leadership of this company. They will continue to cut a swath of destruction though their US workforce until "Big Blue" is transformed into a "Big Zero". Samuel Palmisano will laugh all the way to the bank as he destroys this American icon.

    Advice to Management

    Consider early retirement. In other words, take the money and run--please!!!!

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