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"Good company to work for when you're starting out"

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I worked at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

Pros

IBM is a stable company to work for. It's not going anywhere, and it's not going to get bought out. You can even transfer between different product teams, although a lot will depend upon the state of business and how good your manager is. IBM tries to solve big problems and you'll encounter a lot of smart people trying to solve complex problems. It's a good company to work for so you can learn from other employees, and usually they're more than willing to help.

Cons

I felt valued as an employee by my manager and my peers. However, at the corporate level, I felt very unappreciated as an employee, e.g. getting rid of the water cooler to save money. IBM's current strategy is acquiring companies and thereby customers to grow. Organic growth is not happening. Now, the focus is about saving money.

Advice to Management

Care about your employees as real people. It's not just the first-level manager's job. It's every executives' job, all the way up to the CEO.

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. "Great company for those who love challenge and expanding skills"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Somers, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Somers, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    smart people, good place to expand or deepen your skills; many career opportunities

    Cons

    work life balance & comp


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Misguided by a Focus on Shareholder Value"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in White Plains, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in White Plains, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mature infrastructure that provides very basic operating resources required to conduct business. There still are some very capable people that can provide true depth in their areas of expertise.

    Cons

    Extreme focus on Earnings Per Share is starving many areas of the needed funding for everything from development to commissions. Executive compensation based on stock price is skewing the decision process to focus on short term gain.

    Advice to Management

    Abandon the road map, stop stock buybacks, eliminate all excess management layers (including executives), and establish a long term focus on revenue growth. Given the level of expense pressure, everyone on the payroll should be contributing, but that still isn't the case. Make the choice to divest of certain business areas, but do so before starving them to death. Read the Washington Post article titled, "Maximizing shareholder value: The goal that changed corporate America".

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