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"Good place to start your career"

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Former Employee - Marketing in Washington, DC
Former Employee - Marketing in Washington, DC
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

IBM was a great place for training and professional development. The managers were trained in their area of expertise and some had additional human resources training. Worldwide the talent pool was impressive and the work exciting.

Cons

You can get lost in a place where nobody knows you. There were a few caring individuals but most people were busy staying on career track. The place is best for those starting not finishing a career.

Advice to Management

Get personal; the global voice and color of talent is changing worldwide

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. "Small cog in a vast machine"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Services Architect
    Former Employee - Services Architect
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Having IBM on your resume gets attention. Working at IBM means you don't have to explain what company you work for. Vendors call you back, and you can push an escalation if need be. The biggest advantage of working at IBM is the vastness of the company. You can go as high as you want to - maybe. There are endless training opportunities and lots of things to do.

    Cons

    IBM periodically goes through an exercise called a "Resource Action" or "RA," which of course is a euphemism for a layoff. That is how I parted ways with the company. The company is gradually reducing its US workforce while increasing its staffing in India and China. Effects on morale are what you'd expect.

    Advice to Management

    For the past 10 to 15 years IBM has been run by its accountants. Its successes on the chess board and on "Jeopardy" notwithstanding, the company is not innovative, but is instead a follower and a late follower at that. The company's biggest moneymaker is its Global Services (i.e. outsourcing) division, where I worked and the game there is conservative and fundamental.


  2. "Challenging, slow moving and frustrating at times."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Training Consultant in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Training Consultant in Norfolk, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The name IBM still carries a lot of weight and can often help get converstaions with clients started. IBM is an ethical company.

    Cons

    The average work week is 50+ hours. Finding new projects can be difficult with the current IBM tools and changing practice areas is nearly impossible.

    Advice to Management

    Allow employees the opporutunity (and time) to be forward thinking and give the ability to pursue new ideas instead of only talking about being 'innovative' as an abstract concept.

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