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"IBM STL/SVL"

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Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Private offices.
Decent chance for advancement for new college hires.
Experienced knowledgeable people.
Great place to work for the best employees, you'll get trips, options and nice rewards.

Cons

Horrible place to work for an average employee.
Management moving more products to SVL and combining multiple people in offices
A lot of out-sourcing overseas (India/China).
For lab developing billions of $ worth of software amenities are very poor. Horrible cafeteria, library was removed to add space for mobile workers traveling to the lab.
In general at IBM, techies are not viewed as important. Driving customer sales and becoming a salesperson is required to rise in the ranks.
Many experienced people mean that they are long time residents of San Jose. Someone coming from out of state will be hard pressed to live comfortably for a long time unless they like a long commute. The basic management explanation is that you have to suffer for a while and you'll get rewarded later.
Promotions can be bad because of the PBC system. Common management thinking is that you get promoted when you do work above your band. However when you move into the next band you are assumed to be the lowest performer in the new band, and get a lower ranking. A lower ranking causes you to get a small (or no) bonus/raise. Management compensates for this by not promoting people until they are overpaid in their band, then when they get to the new band they can endure the penalty of the promotion.
Some people stay in bands and gobble up money/high appraisals because it is to their advantage. They do not want the additional work associated with a higher band and increased competition even though they are doing higher band work. Those people in the wrong band cause increased competition at lower bands making promotion more difficult and skewing the PBC rankings.

Advice to Management

Promote people to their proper bands and evaluate them on their work. Comparison to peers is okay but it often taken to an extreme.
Throw away the bell curve, this isn't high school. IBM "recommendation" on PBC rankings is 10%, 80%, and 5% and 5%. Management takes that as fact and distributes the rankings exactly that way. Since 10% get a 3 and two 3's means your out, there is a "musical" three rotating around to satisfy the PBC rules but prevent people from getting laid-off. This doesn't motivate the average employees.

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. Helpful (1)

    "It's a job"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent bennies at ok salary for regular employees (for others, it's a completely different story). Flexibility of working from home was good. Some of the technologies being used are up-to-date; others are clearly legacy.

    Cons

    The hardware market is shrinking for a company like IBM, and also the company is moving technical work offshore as quickly as possible. Don't get trapped in a dead end position, or think that this place will offer a career.

    Advice to Management

    The employees have a tremendous amout of cynicism about management, and are tired of being whipped, exploited and lied to. Productivity falls significantly when using global teams. But nobody thinks you care.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Brainy and resilient techies, weak middle management."

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

    Pros

    Excellent place to start your professional carrier.
    Great opportunities in advancing your management carrier if you’re a female or a minority.
    Worthwhile grand vision by CEO and his office.

    Cons

    Zero accountability: if a manager or lead professional fails, s/he gets promoted.
    Weak middle-level leaders multiplie and accumulate; often special, useless positions are created to accommodate them.
    CEO grand vision has difficulty finding real leaders (managers and professionals alike) who are able and empowered in advancing it to reality.

    Advice to Management

    Stop appointing failed or inexperienced professionals into leadership positions because they begged for it for several years.
    Provide clear level of accountability, especially, for middle-level leadership positions.

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