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"Exciting technology and culture but not for Americans"

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Current Employee - Senior IT Specialist in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Senior IT Specialist in Seattle, WA
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

The rate of adoption of collaboration tools internally ( blogs, Lotus Connections , wikis ) has been astonishing and has led to an exciting work culture.
IBM is working on a lot of exciting technologies in a variety of markets.
Ability to work from home is a huge plus

Cons

One of the biggest issues at IBM is the insistence on having a "face to face" role if your position is to remain in the US or Europe. The emphasis of on off-shoring positions to BRIC countries has been a multi-year effort. Procurement, HR, payroll, as well as 1st, 2nd, and now 3rd line support are all being or have been moved to lower labor-cost countries. The message is clear that if you want to have a long tenure in a 1st world country with IBM, you need to be in a direct customer-contact role (e.g. sales, consulting ) otherwise it can be done from a variety of other locations...

Advice to Management

Be more upfront about actual prospects for mid-career professionals in IBM who may not want the "live on the road" lifestyle that appears to be the only option anymore for IBMers living in the US/Canada or Western Europe...

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. "IBM"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I really like working at IBM. IBM is a company with innovative ideas, and I forsee a bright future with the minds they have.

    Cons

    Like any other job, there are deadlines that must be meet in a timely manner. Other than that, it's a great environment.

    Advice to Management

    At this moment I do not have any advice for IBM. IBM is great and I love working in their environment.


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    "Not what it used to be"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Internet Security Systems was an amazing place to work. IBM Internet Security Systems is not. There are some distinct perks to working at a company like IBM, though. For one thing, it seems to be easy to get lost in the shuffle and get by doing the bare minimum, collecting a salary for not a lot of effort. Also, the benefits package is unparalleled in the IT business - assuming you're a blue-badged employee, of course. They have the best teleworker infrastructure and culture of any company in the world, hands down.

    Cons

    ISS division management seems to be bent on running the product (as opposed to service) side of the business into the ground. Jobs are being outsourced left and right, almost entirely to barely-competent engineering teams in India, and product quality has suffered The IBM bureaucracy makes it impossible to get anything done in a reasonable (and commercially-meaningful) amount of time. If you don't like concalls, you'll HATE working for IBM. The robust teleworker culture means that physical facilities are VERY badly neglected - I've visited dozens of IBM office during my time there, and never saw one that didn't look run down.

    Advice to Management

    The culture of innovation that made ISS worth 1.3 billion dollars is dying quickly. If you ever expect to see a positive return on that investment, you MUST return to the ISS way of doing things.

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