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"Memorable 12 years experience with great working culture and passionate people about the company and works."

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Former Employee - Solution Delivery Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
Former Employee - Solution Delivery Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
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Neutral Outlook

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

Pros

Opportunities to work on global projects, flexible working hours and locations.

Cons

No external training and funding allocated

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. "Very good culture, good people and great exerience to work there."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Procurement in Shenzhen, Guangdong (China)
    Former Employee - Procurement in Shenzhen, Guangdong (China)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great training system, good people, No. 1 work place for woman

    Cons

    Slow decision and lack of risk taking

    Advice to Management

    Improve the efficiency


  2. "High client expectations but no recognition when they are exceeded"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Architect in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Architect in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities, high client expectations but no recognition when they are exceeded

    IBM is a well recognized brand, this often means there are many clients who come straight to IBM for help. Consequently there is no shortage of pre-sales opportunities from a wide variety of clients.

    There is a very strong belief in corporate values (Business Conduct Guidelines) that are reinforced in the annual performance review process.

    Excellent knowledge base of technical material to tap in to. Collaboration with colleagues is positively encouraged.

    Cons

    Many unwieldy processes are unwieldy and just don’t make sense.

    Performance review process is frustrating : even if everyone works hard and meets their objective there is a bell curve that pre-determines the distribution over overall performance ranting. Meaning 10% of people will always be identified as under performing, and 10% of people will always be identified as over performing. Key objectives are utilization (ie. billable hours), give-back (ie. contributing to your technical community and building up re-usable assets).

    Bonuses are appalling (<5%) even if you exceed your objectives. And you can forget about an annual increase in core salary.

    Expenses system is tedious, allowances for overnight says are inadequate where you need to stay in an expensive part of the country. The expenses approval process is time consuming and tedious.

    Training opportunities are excellent but you will need to do it in your own time.

    Advice to Management

    Rationalize any processes that are unnecessary and unwieldy.

    Give more recognition awards and make sure everyone understands why they have received it. For a start say “thank you” when someone does a great job.

    Improve bonuses and pay reviews.

    There is an urgent need to improve the performance review process to ensure that the overall rating accurately reflects the performance of the individual. Productive work should include training. Relative ranking that compares each individual with their peers sends out all the wrong messages.

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