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"Good learning experience, but very bureaucratic."

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Former Employee - Consultant
Former Employee - Consultant
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

It was a great place to work right out of undergrad. I learned a ton and got some great experience building fundamental business skills. There is a lot of room to succeed for driven, self-directed people.

Cons

It is a huge company, and all of the bureaucracy associated with that is present. Advancement is through very formulaic processes that don't reward results as much as time spent with the firm

Advice to Management

Reward talent and spend more time developing the brand. IBM is still a computer company in most people's eyes. In most cases, this doesn't matter because clients know it is a services firm, but it is detrimental in recruiting top talent from universities.

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Laid Off"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work flexibility; great for the stock holders and for the execs and their stock options;

    Cons

    Tops down edicts to cut headcount regardless of an employee's value to the business or ability; the bean counters are running the business and line management has no input; ruthless in moving experienced, higher paid employees out of the business and hiring overseas in BRIC countries;

    Advice to Management

    You are losing valuable experience in the States and replacing it with inexperienced foreign workers who cannot match the quality of work produced by American workers; clients are complaining and this will eventually bite you in the ass;


  2. Helpful (1)

    "IBM India more specifically the GTS part where I worked was a great place to work till about 1.5 years ago"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mumbai (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mumbai (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Brand. Good people to work with. Great opportunities

    Cons

    leadership change too frequent. Every leader is in a hurry to prove his mettle.
    current leadership at GTS is batch of people who have lost touch with customers and probably not been in the field for a long time now.
    demotivating the soldiers leading to loss of extremely good and performing people

    Advice to Management

    Change back to the kind of personalities leading the business till about 2 years ago and it may regain its former glory and trust of its people

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