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"Brainy and resilient techies, weak middle management."

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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.

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. "Disaster Recovery"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Disaster Recovery Coordinator in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Disaster Recovery Coordinator in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends

    Pros

    1. Be on the forefront of new, leading edge technologies
    2. Ability to travel to client sites
    3. Flexibility
    4. Good work life balance
    5. Interesting projects
    6. Ability to grow/learn

    Cons

    Salary adjustment - moving from state to state, they would not increase according to cost of living because I initiated the move.

    Advice to Management

    Keep continuing to mentor and bring new leaders (from within the organization), giving those deserving a chance to succeed.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Great place for the complacent"

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    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.

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