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"Misaligned Management"

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Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago)
Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago)
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I have been working at IBM full-time (Less than a year)

Pros

From a global point of view there are some wonderful aspects to working for IBM.
-some of the smartest people are drawn to IBM, with incredibly deep knowledge
-you find yourself working with team members from all over the world
-IBM invests in incredible training and supports your work.
-in the larger centers in developed countries you tend to work with highly driven and exceptional people

Cons

I think one of the most defeatist elements of the company is that due to its very complex matrix structure many of its divisions are in conflict or in direct competition with each other. This produces a situation where goals are disparate and misaligned and an enormous wastage of both energy and initiative.

In the most severe circumstances, one division will plan and begin to execute a new initiative and even gain some traction (including employing staff) only to be circumvented by another division with alternate goals. Unfortunately this can lead to terrible human resource management where staff is brought on, on a permanent basis, only to be released within 6 months when the initiative is stopped. This results in a negative return in investment on the human capital as they have not yet had time to contribute to the business but have cost the company a great deal to recruit and train.

Advice to Management

Throughout your divisions (both geographic and business) ensure that your leaders are aligned and engaged with one another so that decisions, once made are of higher quality and have the support of all the necessary players.

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexibility, freedom to work from home, excellent career development opportunities, approachable and friendly senior management team.

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy results in slow, bloated processes, salaries are poor relative to similar companies. Benefits/perks are virtually nonexistent.


  2. "Good workplace, not a job for everyone"

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    Former Intern - Information Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Information Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    The facility is great, my manager was very understanding and encouraging, and most of the experienced developers and managers are friendly.

    Cons

    Very bad learning environment due to lack of standardized educational material or procedures. Very help based system of work, you have to constantly ask for help, asking for help itself is a waste of time in my opinion.

    Advice to Management

    Could use a little more experienced/skilled employees to help the new comers. As well as classes and one on one sessions where new comers will be taught for a few months, before they are left to their own.

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