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"Best days are behind it"

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Current Employee - Software Developer in Austin, TX
Current Employee - Software Developer in Austin, TX
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

Worldwide presence. Part of virtually every IT business. Lots of good people.

Cons

Severe budget cuts and layoffs to support a $20 per share earnings goal. Good talent leaving. Too many executives whose main purpose in life is polishing the bottoms of there superiors and defending their turf. Policy of buying technology instead of developing it.

Advice to Management

You need another Gerstner. Sam and Ginny only know how to cut, not build.

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. "A solid company, but impersonal"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very well respected in the industry
    Solid financial results allows freedom to do new things
    Almost universal work from home policy which allows employees to spend time with family

    Cons

    Work from home policy means that most teams are geographically dispersed and in some cases you may never even meet your boss or coworkers in person.
    Policy decisions are often made by the institution - i.e. no one stands behind them so they cannot be challenged or discussed.
    The power is all in management - the workers are just resources.
    Yearly layoff policy trims thousands off the payroll silently on a regular basis Q) "Where's Joe?" A) "Didn't you hear? He left the company in the last Resource Action"

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the technical experts more
    Make decisions openly and allow them to be discussed
    Make the Resource Actions more public and give the employees more control of their situation. The way it is now, the employees are always concerned they won't last through the year.


  2. "Pays as little as possible, helps employees as little as possible"

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

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Reasonably good people work at IBM

    Cons

    Everybody's hands are tied. Nobody can help you. You will be paid as little as possible while your benefits are chipped away.

    There is a strong sinking ship feeling. Early this year there was a significant layoff. Just a few weeks ago, furlough. This is scary.

    Advice to Management

    I don't even know what management can do. Everything is so strongly obfuscated from the employee that you don't know where to turn for help. Your manager has a manager, who has managers in turn of his own.

    If you have a salary dispute, how far up the chain does the approval have to go before someone can effect change? I have no idea. I'm not even sure who does.


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