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"Used to be good, but now spiralling downward"

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Former Contractor - Solution Architect in London, England (UK)
Former Contractor - Solution Architect in London, England (UK)
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at IBM as a contractor (More than a year)

Pros

Good people, a lot of good people

Cons

Company is too out of balance, becoming unhinged, all focus on Roadmap 2015 has meant everything else is suffering, including its people (sorry, resources). The introduction of the hilariously grotesque GDF system, which plugs into the PBC stack ranking system (both of which are so removed from ensuring and modulating high productivity from a community of above average intelligent people) means everyone is increasingly pitted against each other, which in turn means there is reduced collaboration, increased tension, less team work and an every man (resource) for himself attitude.

These systems would have been thrown out at the highest level if fear wasn't running the
company right at the top. There's a belief that they have to meet certain financial targets, either that or the board members are so greedy and self-serving that they are now devoid of any human empathy so are unable to see that such systems create an environment where everyone from the top of the company down to the lowest levels will develop the same attitudes i.e. one's that are in direct conflict with the natural order of things, and so will sooner or later....no, definitely sooner, stop functioning.

In the last team I was in I heard of one person that had to be talked out of suicide and others that had had to get treatment for stress e.g. anti-anxiety tablets etc, not to mention those off work with various illnesses and the most talented jumping at the opportunity to take redundancy.

The company is screaming out for a radical shake-up. Without one, and while fear and greed are the predominant drivers within the company, then it will end up falling on it's face. The banks all fell flat on their face through this attitude (although nothing much has changed with them since so expect them to fall harder very soon, but thats another story) and I have no doubt the same thing will happen to IBM.

Advice to Management

Resign. Elect a board comprising truely intelligent people, not career fools.

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. "One of the greatest places I've ever worked"

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    Current Employee - Senior Lead in Warwick, West Midlands, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Lead in Warwick, West Midlands, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Empowering people to do there job
    - Employees get a set amount of budget for training
    - Management trained to care
    - Leaders who trust one another
    - Direction is constant
    - Wages are fair
    - Working with other technical leads is a huge advantage.

    Cons

    - Can take time to get things approved
    - There tends to be a lot of focus on 'progressing' in title, when most folks are happy to stick at what they are

    Advice to Management

    Keep on doing what you do, I'd come back in a hearbeat!


  2. "Project Manager / Transition Manager"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Bengaluru (India)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Bengaluru (India)
    Recommends

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work from home option and inhouse certification equivalent to PMP

    Cons

    Different policy for GBS and GTS and less salary

    Advice to Management

    None

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