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"Fractured and unfocused leadership"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

- They are very flexible in terms of hours, working location, and (usually) telecommuting

- They are committed to equality for all employees.

- Excellent research division with a lot of smart folks willing to experiment, and the funds to back it up.

- Will reward you for patent disclosures

- Transparent review process

- Lots of potential positions and projects to work on.

Cons

- They are not competitive in terms of salary (for engineers at least) and have lost quite a few very important team members because other companies pay 30% more for the same work.

- Teams that have been decimated by people leaving are expected to accomplish the same goals with no replacements or with entry-level replacements with no real experience.

- Increasing reliance on less qualified foreign engineers because they work hard, cost less, but are most adept at buck passing.

- *Very* focused on patents for advancement

- I have had 6 managers in 4 years, 3 of those within the last year and only one of them was local. Two of them are no longer with the company.

- Massive corporate bureaucracy

- Few perks

- Office culture is hit or miss... it's either semi-mandatory or it's a ghost-town all the time.

- You share an office, which would be nice if they weren't designed like tiny windowless catacombs.

- Getting personal hardware is basically impossible except through scrounging (old laptops are issued every four years now with limited choice. If you want monitors, keyboards, mice, a desktop, even CD-Rs you're out of luck).

Advice to Management

Workers are not interchangeable cogs. Losing one key engineer on a chip doesn't mean that you can hire three more entry level computer engineers to replace him and expect everything to be hunky dory. It takes time and effort for each of the people to become these key engineers and to let them go over reasonable demands (like competitive pay) is a huge mistake.

You want to trim the budget fat? Start with the executives and DOA projects, not the engineers that make the products actually work.

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. "engineer position at IBM San Jose"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    work environment is great, people great to work with

    Cons

    nothing to mention, this a great company

    Advice to Management

    none


  2. "A learning experience"

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

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    IBM brand name is well recognised in the industry. There are lots of diverse and exciting opportunities.
    I was able to move across the country with IBM. Great group of coworkers.

    Cons

    Utilization targets for GBS throw work-life balance in a tizzy. IBM's raises and bonuses are ludicrous. Finding opportunities within IBM is dependent on strength of your network.

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