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Former Employee - Leader
Former Employee - Leader
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at IBM full-time

Pros

Wonderful work life balance
Great employee friendly policies

Cons

Slow moving, bureaucratic
Innovation in pockets

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  1. "mind numbing work!"

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Specialist in Essex Junction, VT
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Specialist in Essex Junction, VT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    decent pay and benefits, although the cost of benefits goes higher and higher every year, despite the fact that they have thousands of employees

    Cons

    difficult work schedules, promotions and opportunities are seniority based, then its all who you know!

    Advice to Management

    Retire already, and let people who really care about building the business take over, because you are only taking up space and contribute little to the products being built


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    "Pennywise, poundsilly"

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    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wealth of information, working with key customers makes just about anything possible because of simply the brute force of the IBM Executive Smash™ or a well-written business case. Individuals are good people and knowledgeable. Lots of potential for mobility, but it's generally not self-directed. Need to move somewhere? IBM has an office there, or you can work from home.

    Cons

    I don't know how this company survives, given its day-to-day operations. Its email system is atrocious, crashing frequently across multiple platforms and delaying inbound email 10-15 minutes. The officially sanctioned office suite software is very outdated - the new versions of the software from which it is derived are miles better.

    Its timekeeping system has so many layers of red tape and is so user-unfriendly that anyone who has to use it loathes it. Those who track time often track it through other programs or on paper and transfer the time to the system at week's end.

    Everything is self-service. Need something from HR? There's not really anyone to ask, or if you do ask, it may be days before you get a response. That response will usually be a reminder to search first. Intranet search is terrible, too, so actually finding what you want is difficult. Need something from IT? What IT? Buy it yourself on the company goods store and hope that it gets approved. Don't even ask for a second monitor or backup hard drive. Keyboards are a little easier to come by, but still difficult to get.

    Apparently yearly or bi-yearly layoffs. Changes in 401k match payouts and/or annual raise dates in order to avoid having to pay people who are laid off.

    Technically, when traveling, IBM won't pay for your lunch. You'll get a per diem for breakfast and dinner, as long as you start before a certain time and end working after a certain time.

    Advice to Management

    The finance-driven approach to managing a company worked for an IT company in the early days, when IT was still trying to figure out its path divergent from factory work and blue collar labor. Now, a tech-driven or people-centric approach is emerging as the best for both the company and its employees. IBM's competition is not Oracle's software. IBM's competition is the thousands of startups whose software is better than IBM's and Oracle's. IBM's competition is the hiring power, caring management, and perks of those startups and small companies. IBM needs people, and moving forward, it's going to have a hard time getting the people with the ideas if it doesn't change its culture.

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