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"Great place for the complacent"

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Austin, TX
Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Austin, TX
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

IBM has been around longer than any other IT company and for good reason -- it hires some of the best and brightest people in the industry, and the senior management isn't completely dumb. Benefits of working at IBM include great flexibility (results-oriented environment), liberal view of technologies (you can bring your own Mac or smartphone to use at work, and no websites are ever blocked), and a decent benefits package including automatic 401k contribution, 100% match up to 6%, and free access to financial planners. The senior management hasn't completely screwed up -- the company is turning a healthy profit and those who haven't been laid off have not seen a salary cut.

Cons

This isn't your father's IBM. There's no paternal feeling anymore where the company would take care of the employees from cradle to grave. The pension is gone. Salary is middle of the road. Promotions, for young people, are hard to come by due to lack of attrition by older workers. To be a rock star, you really have to have a "sponsor" and be in the right place at the right time.

Advice to Management

Pinning people down in the lower bands is going to bite management in the rear once the job market starts recovering.

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. Helpful (2)

    "No job security"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to network with many consultants
    Competetive Salary
    Good Benefits

    Cons

    Poor bonus program
    They recruit surplus amount of consultants when there is market is good and through you out ruthlessly when there is no need due to market conditions.

    Advice to Management

    Don't recruit too many consultants when you know that you are going to layoff them for sure at some point of time.


  2. "IBM STG is good for computer engineers, hardware engineers and physicists but not good for computer science engineers."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hopewell Junction, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hopewell Junction, NY
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Place for discovering innovation. Plenty of opportunities to move within STG for good-fit. Many opportunities to learn new technologies and contribute to the same.

    Cons

    STG's primary business model is to make and sell hardware products - high end servers/data storage/mid range server/storage. This makes it hard to change course midway.
    STG is not a good fit for computer science professionals (e.g. BS or MS in CS).

    Advice to Management

    Should either create opportunities and/or openings for those who are already in STG to (by finding a niche and supporting software based solutions) and are software professionals, OR, identify a pipeline to transition such people into Software Group. Because, STG as it is employs such professionals but does not offer appropriate career growth opportunities for them (long term).

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