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"Great company with excellent brand recognition - IBM."

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Former Employee - Delivery Project Executive in Costa Mesa, CA
Former Employee - Delivery Project Executive in Costa Mesa, CA
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Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

Great company to learn and excellent brand recognition.

Cons

No work life balance. Too much focus on utilization and not much career growth.

Advice to Management

Stop focusing on utilization and focus on employee morale.

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

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    "Everything needs a revamp."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM has an incredible amount of projects going on simultaneously which gives prospective employees many different teams that they can apply to. Some require special PhD degrees, other programming jobs hardly require college. The teams work well together and if you're a programmer that's what you'll be doing. They have dedicated translation teams, documentation teams, translation teams, etc that take care of work that isn't really your job.They make it very easy to transfer projects/teams within IBM and it's encouraged which is great for building your skill set. Hours are relatively flexible and managers have a hands-off approach which lets people mind their own business as long as they produce great results.

    Cons

    Projects can be very boring and feature work can seem extremely useless. Young innovative engineers don't drive IBM's products, rather, corporate executives with little to no programming experience decide what should get done. This leads to a culture where programmers are facepalming, in disbelief how stupid some work will be, while trying to fulfill the management's requests. Developers are very very low on the management chain, so you'll have tons and tons and tons of managers above you preventing employees from raising any real issues, concerns, or advice. The entire development buildings are filled with cubiciles so there is little to NO employee interaction. I only had lunch with teammates on the last day I was there, meanwhile I knew 30 of the interns. The culture is just boring and dry and it's reflected in the projects they tend to create. The company is incredibly frugal, skimping on everything from toilet paper to overpriced food you need to pay big for. They'll count and charge you a lot for every strip of bacon you think about eating. Your first week will have 0 productivity as the company's autorization servers are numerous, slow, etc, and the software they force you to use is absolutely horrible. They made their own email client and its the slowest, most bloated POS I've ever used, which is similar to most of the software they make.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the management, keep up with silicon valley companies, and bring an innovative young spirit / happiness to the dry ashy company.


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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Armonk, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Armonk, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pioneer / leader in technology. Builds senior management pipeline by grooming top performers. Great quality of peers and flexible work culture

    Cons

    Too large e.g. consulting and corporate need to be much more integrated. Don't see IBM's name in news when it comes to consumer devices, cloud computing.

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