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"IBM does not pay well if you work your way up the ranks"

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Former Employee - Project Manager in Schaumburg, IL
Former Employee - Project Manager in Schaumburg, IL
Doesn't Recommend
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Working at home. Challenging projects.

Cons

Constant worry about being laid off because they move so many jobs off shore. Raises are far and few between and pretty lean. Plan to work 12-14 hour days and weekends. No work/life balance.

Advice to Management

Reward employees for their experience and contributions. If you promote someone let their salary reflect that. Peers shouldn't be paid according to their job title and their contributions. When I worked at IBM I was probably making 50% less than my peers because I worked my way up to be a project manager but I always out performed my peers.

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  1. "Enjoyed Working For IBM"

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    Former Contractor - IT Consultant in McAllen, TX
    Former Contractor - IT Consultant in McAllen, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The management is very understanding and great to work for. I enjoyed getting to put together over 1000 personal computers, configuring them for Mexico, Central and South America and shipping them packed in their boxes on pallets. The pay was excellent and, if you needed time off for any reason, the management was very understanding and had no problem with letting you take care of personal business.

    Cons

    My only con is that this was a contract position and I wanted to be able to continue working for IBM.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  2. Helpful (4)

    "IBM is not the employer it used to be"

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    Current Employee - I/T Specialist, Architect, Consultant in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - I/T Specialist, Architect, Consultant in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Ten years ago, I could have stated some; however, times have changed.

    Cons

    Work life balance has become work life integration.
    Training is non-existent
    Offshoring is rampant
    Benefits are cut year after year
    Raises and bonuses, if given at all, are insulting. Top rated individuals have gotten 1%-2% in the past few years, despite record profits
    Company has become an SAP shop

    Advice to Management

    Invest in training and budget it yearly. Employees cannot be expected to have 100%+ utilization and train on their "off" hours.

    If Monday is a holiday, don't demand employees work the following Saturday. You should be able to forecast better than that.

    Utilization should be calculated after vacation, holidays, and training. Employees should not be penalized for time off.

    The offshore model has failed. On site resources can do the job better and faster.

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