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"Mainframe is fun"

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Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Tucson, AZ
Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Tucson, AZ
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Work life balance is good, treated as professionals as long as you meet deadlines. The mainframe is exciting as soon as you accept its not going away.

Cons

Little to no formal training (must be a self-learner), non-transparent pay scale and rating system. Managers don't seem to care about moral.

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing organization that helps change the world for the better, but not the same company it used to be."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Advisor in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Advisor in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM creates products and solutions that help businesses focus on their core business. The innovation and passion is still among the best there is.

    Cons

    The company is not what it once was, or even what it was just 10 years ago. The focus is on benefits to the shareholder. Recognition for the individual efforts has dropped miserably in recent years. Investment in current and future projects is limited unless viewed as an overnight game changer. Cost cutting has gone too far.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in IBM - resources, compensation, and projects.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Frustrated at IBM"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM is a 100 year old titan with tremendous brand equity. I am a junior mid-career band 10 and the pay is good enough to keep you onboard...

    Cons

    but not bad enough to force you to look elsewhere. The frustration, for me and I'm sure for gen x and y, is that IBM is:

    a) too slow in allowing career path suggestion, meaning progression is directly correlated with tenure, not skills...and opportunities to move around the company are harder than people describe, where you can have many "careers" at IBM, but given the current climate and internal controls, it's harder than ever;
    b) too many managers, very top-heavy, with many IBM lifers that are very talented and senior, but expensive to carry on the P&L, thus weighing down the company. IBM is quick to cut the tens of thousands of long-time professionals, but very hesitant to cut the thousands of long-time senior managers;
    c) our size is our strength but it's also killing us in a world of cloud, we are mired with legacy contract vehicles, sales force (40,000 expensive F2F sellers, vs. self-serve salesforce.com-like inside sales model), and technology (lotus notes?)....all this baggage doesn't allow the faster portions of the company (usually via acquisition) to sprint as strongly as needed to compete as the gold standard...we have lost that status

    Advice to Management

    Shed parts of the organization, both people and technology, in a bold, share-accretive way that allows the sprinters to sprint and the linebackers to block.

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