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"Great place for new hires, or those in Sales or Development"

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager
Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager
Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

As a big company, there are frameworks in place (which are missing from a smaller company) to provide context for creating and sharing information. There's also a diversity of areas to move on to when you're looking for your next position within the company, provided you're not looking to move up.

Cons

Marketing is an undervalued and under-funded area, which is constantly cut whenever the company goes through a downsizing, to the point where it's effectiveness is compromised. There's a move underfoot throughout all disciplines to outsource as many jobs overseas as possible, for cost cutting. Raises and bonuses are a joke during good times and bad.

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. "Project Manage"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    required work at home; provided phone, computer

    Cons

    reducing us work force but they are better qualified and work harder

    Advice to Management

    More aware of benefit/cost of using US workforce


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Very challenging, very rewarding, very draining."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to work with some truly gifted people on projects that will see market release. It's multidisciplinary and, no matter your position, you will interact with people from departments outside your own and you'll learn a lot about the product and the development process. It's very rewarding to work with your team to complete a project. In some cases you will own a particular aspect of it and that success will always stay with you as a valued memory. There are teams and offices all over the world, so there is ample opportunity for travel and relocation.

    Cons

    There is no such thing as work-life balance. The culture is to live for the work. I worked long hours daily and brought work home for the weekends each and every one. There was no way to avoid it - the pressure and schedule required it. It was even worse if quality work was important to you. The benefits and pay, while good, in no way matched the hours. There was a lot of pressure to meet quarterly sales for stock reports. Project quality and release schedules were reflective of this. There was absolutely no room to miss a deadline or suggest any improvements to a product that would risk a delay. There was a lot of politics. Let's just say the environment was development driven. If your role was not in development, you had to fight every day against the will of developers just to do your job. It was very difficult sometimes to get the information you needed to do your job if the answers were outside of your team.

    Advice to Management

    I understand the need for deadline-driven project scheduling and the meeting of quarterly sales goals, but the quality of work and the general well-being of employees suffer at some point. There's a need for more realistic scheduling and better project planning, involving more teams than just the developers right at the start of the project so as to help get everyone on the same page early.

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