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"Try working for IBM if given a chance"

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Jose, CA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Excellent thought leadership & vision in the market, Good work life balance, good flexibility like working from home (teams are distributed all across the country), Good benefits, industry average salary. If you're getting a job at IBM, I highly suggest you work here for one year at least and figure out if this culture is a good fit for you or not. You will learn a lot here.

Cons

As usual with big companies, too many processes, takes too many approvals to get things done. You have to work hard to stand out, But that is true for any other company. Don't expect big bonuses or stock options.

Advice to Management

Get rid of the slackers, and drive individual product teams like a startup culture, While leveraging the IBM branding, Sales and marketing machine to drive growth and revenue.

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Smart people, innovative company, but lots of red tape and below market compensation"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager, Marketing
    Current Employee - Manager, Marketing
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company's brand, values and, in particular, the Smarter Planet focus instill a sense of pride in employees.
    Working from home is sometimes a benefit.
    Employee share purchase program allows employees to invest in the company at a reduced price.

    Cons

    Below market compensation, very small annual increases and bonuses.
    Lots of bureaucracy.
    Band structure means that new hires will spend several years at each level before progressing, rewarding tenure over talent to a degree.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Had many different jobs within IBM in almost 27 years at the company."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Rochester, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You can get plenty of independence and responsibility, and great people to work with.

    Cons

    There are fewer great people left - many are voluntarily leaving for more money/less stress. Decreasing staffing, increasing workload, and disconnected management can make the days very long.

    Advice to Management

    People join companies - but they leave managers. Your line management team is overwhelmed with too many direct reports (I know of 1st lines with 40+ direct reports) and too much individual responsibility. Coaching and mentoring is suffering woefully - leading to increasing retention problems. Take action now to reduce the span of control and demonstrate that you truly value line management as professionals who develop what you state is the companies greatest asset - its people.

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