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"Good company to work for"

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - IT Security Services Sales
Former Employee - IT Security Services Sales
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

Lots of opportunities, access to big clients, complex and interesting projects, ability to work remotely, increasingly better collaboration tooling

Cons

Slow / old process, heavy work load, 401K match payment moved to end of year, poor training for new team members, slow to move to cloud and slow to adopt new bus. models. Very risk averse.

Advice to Management

Better strategy for cloud, faster acquisition schedule, more focus on training

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Chaotic work environment ruled by executive compensation metrics"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of very smart people
    The technical teams are willing to share knowledge and information
    Access to a wide variety of market and technology areas

    Cons

    The company is ruled by Earnings per Share, the metric that the Executives are compensated by
    There are way too many Executive level people.
    Non-executive people are compensated based on the company's revenue.
    Revenue is declining so the Executives constantly cut expenses to keep EPS high so THEY can get compensation
    Every year or so a new set of management comes in and completely changes the strategy. Then the technical people have to clean up the broken glass from the previous regime and try to shift to the new strategy.
    None of these strategies use a keep-it-simple approach. In true IBM fashion the product plans attempt to do everything for everyone and end up doing nothing well.

    Advice to Management

    Bring back "Respect for the Individual"
    Use the same compensation metric for everyone - we all feast of famine together
    Simplify our product plans. Do one thing really well, and then move to the next.
    Reduce the levels of management.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Not the same company it once was."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good 401k match, projects can last very long time, and if you find a good one you can have great work/life balance.

    Cons

    Tough to advance within technology. You're responsible for your own career and don't expect much guidance from management. Pay raises are basically stagnant right now and have been for 4-5 years. Many cuts recently due to roadmap 2015.

    Advice to Management

    Stop getting rid of all your good people or it will be a long hard road to recover from. It may already be too late.

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