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"IBM provides a lot of flexibility to develop different types of software and at different layers of the stack."

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Former Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Austin, TX
Former Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Austin, TX
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Many really intelligent people work at IBM. High innovation and strong teamwork come naturally to anyone who focuses on their work and cares about the product(s) being developed. IBM is very serious about work/life balance.

Cons

IBM claims to "pay for performance" and they do. However, the differentiation on pay is not as strong as I would logically expect.

Advice to Management

Over the last decade, I have observed two main areas where IBM could improve.
1. The process for identifying and addressing poor performers within teams seems slow. Perhaps it is bound by corporate process.
2. Try to limit the amount of team changes, management/executive changes, and project changes. Increased frequency of changes leads to lower morale.

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. "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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Flexible work place but bad project management"

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    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very flexible on work location
    Big big company can move around and experience different area.

    Cons

    Poor bonuses and raises even for 1 rating multiple years in row
    Project management does not know anything technical or how to coordinate development.
    Executives do not act like they value engineers
    Climate is terrible and there is no investment in work facility making people want to be around the office.

    Advice to Management

    Reverse 401k decision
    Clean out the working at IBM 30+ yr but doesn't do anything anymore crowd
    Reward top contributers competively

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