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"Be Bold or Be Lost"

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Current Employee - Management in Littleton, MA
Current Employee - Management in Littleton, MA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Amazing people and learning opportunities. It is like running one's own business with back office support.

Cons

Hard to feel a sense over overall contribution and success. Not enough mentors to support the growing demand. Management styles can stifle creativity and foster fear. Year end performance review process can have negative impact.

Advice to Management

Foster and develop vs tear down. Move people along in their careers to develop - be honest and constructive vs critical

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Slow advancement, but flexible environment and good benefits."

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    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM has been around forever, so its very possible to work there for 20 or more years. Their benefits package has historically been very good. They have also made steps toward adopting a more flexible and casual work environment. Work-from-home flexibility is increasingly common.

    Cons

    Slow advancement. Mediocre salary. The upper technical ranks are clogged with old school engineers that have little exposure to modern innovations or methodologies. This leaves little room for new, exceptional talent to innovate, create fresh product value, or bring new offerings to the marketplace.

    Advice to Management

    IBM will fail to keep pace with younger, more agile companies that are able to bring innovative and more easily adopted solutions to market if it continues to grant such deference to its antiquated senior technical staff. Unless IBM finds a way to accelerate the careers and influence of talent with more modern approaches to problem solving and engineering in general, IBM will increasingly be seen as a relic of a bygone era.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Happy to leave!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good starting salary (don't expect much if any increases once you start)
    Good opportunity to grow skills
    People are friendly and great to work with but are depressed and want to leave

    Cons

    Many of us joke that working for IBM in the US is like living in a third world country. No free water, coffee, not even utensils! We have to buy our own whiteboard markers and batteries due to the extreme penny pinching. The long hour demands are insane, deadlines are unrealistic, morale is terrible and it just keeps getting worse and worse. They even took away work from home flexibility. Average breakroom conversation is wanting to leave IBM and how run down and crappy it is. I started as a new college grad not that long ago and the whole group that started as new grads is already gone.

    Advice to Management

    It is very clear to us that you are trying to slowly eliminate your US presence.


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