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"The most miserable 4 years of my career"

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Former Employee - Risk Manager in Dallas, TX
Former Employee - Risk Manager in Dallas, TX
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at IBM full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

It's a job, but little to no satisfaction involved

Cons

IBM bought my previous employer's company, during the following 4 years all took at least a 12% pay cut, or more. I ended up doing the same job that I did previously, my email load doubled to 100+ a day, Most of my time was spent navigating IBM bureaucracy, I just couldn't get things done without numerous conference calls and emails.

Advice to Management

Cut the bureaucracy, measure the right things.

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Fine if you survive the offshoring; if you are a US employee, don't expect to"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Best for new hires fresh out of college these days; or workers in cheap foreign countries

    Cons

    No loyalty to anything but their stock price through at least 2015
    10+ years of dedication as a top performer netted little if any raises in last 7 years
    Prepare for more cutbacks and offshoring
    Friends who were 2 years short of retirement laid off and denied pension
    Survivors left wondering when the axe will hit them

    Advice to Management

    Top execs, your shameful treatment of loyal employees, offshoring their jobs to anywhere cheaper, all in the name of propping up the stock price is going to bite you. Customer satisfaction is plummeting as foreign workers quickly jump ship to the next best paying thing.


  2. "I was forced to work 6 and 7 days a week for almost a year"

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    Former Contractor - Test Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Contractor - Test Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Part of a global team. Lot's of knowledge available.

    Cons

    I worked on the release of a project that was behind schedule and hundreds of people that I worked with were forced to work 6 and 7 days a week in order to stay employees. We did this for a year until the project was released. Additionally, while being forced to work this many hours, many of our coworkers were laid off right before the release of the 2011 earnings. Surely, this was done for number crunching with stockholders. The burden fell on us to make up for the hundreds of lost employees in the upcoming year. Very disappointed with IBM and I never felt that my job was secure in any way at this company.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage freedom and enjoyment the job. Lighten up the atmosphere and make the place more flavorful. Everything is "boxy."

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