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"IBM is what you make of it. Like many corporations, you're expected to grow old and die with the corporation."

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Current Employee - Software Developer in Herndon, VA
Current Employee - Software Developer in Herndon, VA
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Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at IBM full-time (More than a year)

Pros

Job stability is huge. You get paid a salary while on the bench between jobs, and you can choose your own path, completely separate from what your focus was in undergrad.

Cons

Many projects are plagued with inefficient workflows. IBM is still handing out Lenovos with windows XP as of 2011. Pay raises take forever and are based on time waited, not performance. If you have low performance, it's used as an excuse to keep you from a pay raise though.

Advice to Management

Stop using excel for database purposes.

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Very strict company"

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    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good resume booster, lots of implementation experience

    Cons

    Lots of red tape, opportunity for advancement is minimal

    Advice to Management

    Cut the red tape


  2. "Excellent firm in which to do IT and industry consulting. High performance culture - and many ways to learn and grow."

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    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    ...Strong IT and management consulting teams with excellent client reputation and strong methods.
    ...IT technical consulting and IT management consulting teams have strong linkages to IBM software and hardware teams to partner and leverage for deals.
    ...High performance culture emphasizes teaming - and you also need to make your individual performance attainment as well.
    ...Many ways to learn and grown in different directions of your choosing as you explore and grow your strengths.
    ...Talented, motivated, smart people with whom to work and collaborate.
    ...Intellectual capital base is huge, with multiple formal knowledge bases, formalized knowledge, practice, and industry communities.
    ...Great benefits and features even for starting new hires.

    Cons

    ...Sometimes spotty new hire orientation, sometimes worse for out-of-college or young professionals and those joining project teams immediately.
    ...High dependence on computer-based learning and remote support, which can create significant productivity issues for new hires and seasoned employees alike.
    ...Highly mobile consulting work force is a culture shock for those coming from traditional office environments - and there is insufficient support for these workers.
    ...Can be difficult to navigate across teams to get resources and assistance - make sure you get knowledgeable people to guide you.
    ...Some incentives and bonus payments only come months after they are announced - by design.

    Advice to Management

    ...Improve commitment, effort, and accountability to live out the third and last corporate value: "Trust and personal responsibility in all relationships" especially in all leaders' with colleagues who get the work done. In a mobile and virtual culture, this is essential to cementing the firm together.


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