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"If you join as a graduate, don't expect your pay to increase or to get a promotion anytime soon."

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Former Employee - IT Specialist in Pennant Hills (Australia)
Former Employee - IT Specialist in Pennant Hills (Australia)
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

1) Good Work Life balance.
2) Strong Brand name - looks good on Resume.
3) Access to IBM Software and Materials e.g. Websphere, Db2

Cons

1) Promotions are rarely given out (Especially if you started as a graduate)
2) Pay is well below market value (Especially if you started as a graduate)
3) Managers are usually in another location (or even interstate) and have no visibility of when you do good work
4) Technical Staff are not appreciated - End of year awards always seem to go to management and sales staff.
5) Performance ratings are done on a curve amongst your team (so it's not how well you do, but how well you do compared to the rest of your team.... and if your manager sees your good work)
6) Skillset is boxed into a particular IBM product e.g. Tivoli, DB2 etc. Little opportunity to cross skill in other areas.
7) Too many jobs being taken off locals and sent offshore.

Advice to Management

IBM has annoyed a lot of employees, who eventually leave the company. Consequently they harbour much anti-IBM sentiment, and when they make decisions in their new companies. I deliberately do not give any business to IBM, and when we do have to work together I never do any favours for IBM or their current staff. Many other ex-IBMers do exactly the same thing.

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    "Corruption of the Matrix"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Delhi (India)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Delhi (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very few - great resources worldwide , some good people,

    Cons

    Horrible culture, very incompetent and poor middle and senior management, long working hours, no one dare discuss planned leave with their managers - just not the culture at IBM though people may be sitting idle for months.

    Very poor compensation, the company takes away its employees' money - I can go on and on. Absolute corruption of the matrix structure in IBM India, very low morale and people just going through the motions holding on to their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Move out.


  2. "Global Services"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent resources available for job support and career development. Product line, hardware and software services are at forefront of industry.

    Cons

    Requirement to achieve annual minimum utilization hours makes it difficult to actually use accrued vacation for longer term employees.
    Annual performance review rating system ensures percentage of negative ratings even if all employees are good performers.

    Advice to Management

    Make some correction to the utilization requirement so employees who have earned more vacation time are not penalized for using it.


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