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"Rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic"

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Current Employee - Staff Hardware Engineer in Rochester, MN
Current Employee - Staff Hardware Engineer in Rochester, MN
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

I have nothing good to say at this point

Cons

20% underpaid versus the market, pay freezes, bonuses are almost unheard of, all decisions are made based on the 2015 roadmap which means they are focused on reducing costs at all costs with no thought to the long-term ramifications

Advice to Management

Wake up, morale in both hardware and software is absolutely non existant. You've taken pretty much everything possible away (secretaries, supply cabinets, Thanks awards, snow removal from the parking lots, pensions, bonuses). Everyone I talk to on a regular basis is actively looking for other employment.

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. "Good benefits and flexibility, not so good upper management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible with personal life.
    Good benefits.
    Room to grow: you can move across groups, departments, etc. relatively easily.
    Culture that promotes integrity.

    Cons

    Budget freezing is crippling teams. The 'do more with less' mentality needs to stop.
    Decisions from execs and finance are negatively affecting teams.
    Benefits could be better compared to other high tech companies.

    Advice to Management

    Keep teams together, don't tear them apart, especially when they succeed in putting out a good product. Bring in more people to bolster teams or you're going to lose good talent that you already have.


  2. "Software Engineer Inter"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Austin, TX
    Current Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Tech giant with massive resources and really talented people. You work on products that are touched by millions in mission critical areas. For such a big company, it feels very nimble. You can easily reach any employee worldwide through Sametime. It feels like a tight-knit environment, even thought you are 1 or hundreds of thousands. Every manager I have dealt with is awesome. Uber professionalism throughout.

    Cons

    It is a big company. It takes weeks to do some things that would be done in hours in a startup. I wish product development was more streamlined. That similar products were merged or shut down. And that products would not be saddled with every single possible feature.

    Advice to Management

    Every single manager I have dealt with is awesome. So keep picking good people.

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