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"Great place to work, but you have to know how to play the politics game"

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Former Employee - Test Engineer in Raleigh, NC
Former Employee - Test Engineer in Raleigh, NC
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

You can go as far as you want at IBM. There are so many opportunities to get recognized from a technical standpoint that don't move through your management chain, so nobody can take credit for your work. IBM rewards employees for submitting patents, for presenting ideas that make sense, etc.

Cons

You have to know how to play the politics game. Managers can play favorites, and make sure those favorites are being promoted, getting interesting work assignments, etc. Sometimes the only solution is to punt and look for opportunity under another management chain. Also, IBM still has the "Employee for Life" attitude, and think nothing of keeping an employee at an entry-level position for 5 or more years, and at a staff position for the rest of their careers. In a lot of technology based companies, employees do not stick around 5 years.

Advice to Management

Stop giving employees the "we don't have money for raises or variable pay" story, while at the same time collecting the huge performance-based bonuses you do. If we all did well, then we all deserve some reward. That was the agreement when we hired on.

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Exciting technology and culture but not for Americans"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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...


  2. "IBM"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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