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"Stodgy, bureaucratic, and full of infighting"

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Former Employee - Research Staff Member in Yorktown Heights, NY
Former Employee - Research Staff Member in Yorktown Heights, NY
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

They're not going to go out of business any time soon. There are some very very smart people there, and they might talk to you once in a while. They have nice buildings, but you won't get to work in one.

Cons

They are frickketty *HUGE*. Your project will get lost in the shuffle. The divisions of the company are perpetually in conflict. Your project will get cancelled when executives change, which happens every year or so. They have more bureaucracy and internal processes than the federal government. IBMers often spend years in miserable corners of the company. Pretty much *everyone* there is miserable much of the time though.

Advice to Management

Most of you (management) should cease to be management.

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. "It is up to you"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company is big.
    There are many different opportunities.
    If you are aggressive, you can shine.
    If you want to relax, there are such positions for you.

    Cons

    The company is big.
    There are many process that you may not like.
    There are all different kinds of managers.
    If you are lucky to work for one you like, it is good. But there are many that may disappoint you.
    However, the company is big, so you can move around easily.


  2. "Opportunities abound"

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    Current Employee - Client Technical Professional in Southfield, MI
    Current Employee - Client Technical Professional in Southfield, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Access to a great diversity of technologies. Work from home when not at client locations. Not micro-managed. Ability to move into new roles for career growth. Great matching 401K program and other benefits.

    Cons

    Sometimes difficult to balance work and life being in pre-sales and the constant drive to get deals to closure.

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