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"> 10 Years in Finance"

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Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Somers, NY
Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Somers, NY
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 10 years)

Pros

IBM is a good place to get your career started.
Given the breadth of IBMs business, you can get broad experience in technology if you move through software, hardware, and/or services. However, it will take several years to get valuable experience in more than one of those groups.
Compared to other tech firms, if you are a good performer, employment is stable in tough economic times. They do lay-off, but tend to do a small number of pruning, vs. large reactionary layoffs.

Cons

It is bureaucratic.
Lots of room to grow for early professionals, but almost none for mid-carer and up.
Requires unhealthy dedication to get to upper employee bands or executive appointment. . . and as life goes, this coincides generally when people have small kids. So you choice is be a rockstar IBM employee, or have a family life whose main theme is your not around and your career is the central family priority.
Raises have never been good, but lately the average percentage for the finance organization is 1%. So while they have a theory of meritocracy, if you only have 1% to divide up, it is hard to reward anyone.
The bonus program is billed as up to 12% annually, but practically speaking, it is in the 3-5%. 5% being a very good year.

Advice to Management

Employee moral is low, you cannot grow the business with people that feel undervalued. For the average employee, there is no incentive system.

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  1. "Love working here"

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    Current Employee - IBM CbD Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - IBM CbD Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - A lot of travel

    Cons

    - Not much really. I haven't been here long to say any

    Advice to Management

    - Better exposure to different sectors


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    "A once great company, now not so much"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Executive
    Current Employee - Marketing Executive
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will work with very smart people

    Cons

    The compensation and incentive programs don't encourage collaboration or staying around. There is little reward for great people managers and no disincentive for poor ones. Decision making is held at the very top of the hierarchy which discourages risk taking or even straight talk.

    Advice to Management

    Change the compensation and incentive programs.
    Push decision making lower down in the organization.
    Drive more transparency. Everyone I work with is afraid to speak the truth.

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