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"Quit managing in the short term"

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Current Employee - Development Manager in Poughkeepsie, AR
Current Employee - Development Manager in Poughkeepsie, AR
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Many opportunities if you want to travel. Working directly for a client can be rewarding.

Cons

Many opportunities, BUT you have to travel. There is really no work-life balance. If you are supporting commercial clients, the clients come first above everything else. If you are in the I/T side of the business, you have no work-life balance. The 100% expectation is to be "on the road". Nothing else matters and there is no sympathy from exec management. IBM has spun the media on this and it is beyond me why the covers do not get blown off on this issue.

Advice to Management

Quit offshoring talented workers. You are killing the company in the long run.

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    "IBM can be a good place to work or a bad place depending on luck, and what you make of it."

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    Current Employee - Co-Op Intern in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Co-Op Intern in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay, interesting projects. Good place to get some experience under your belt.

    Cons

    Not a lot of transparency from upper level management. Job security is an illusion. Some managers are horrible, some are great.

    Advice to Management

    For whatever reason, employees no longer feel that Senior Management cares about them. Whether this is really true or not, it's hard to know for sure. I think Senior Management should work on this and focus more on long term success while worrying less about the current stock price.


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    "IBM: Really depends how well you play your hand..."

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Consulting IT Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Consulting IT Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    IBm offers a pretty good work life balance although that is starting to disappear. The benefits are pretty good too, and the 401K plan is possibly one of the best. You do have a certain amount of flexibility and the potential to move around the company, alhough this will likely depend on which group you are in and how well the business is doing. It is not a given by any means which is what IBM advertised to potential employees. There is a great wealth of information and education avaialble to anyone who wants to stay educated and informed. The IBM name on your resume doesnt hurt either.

    Cons

    There is way too much bureaucracy and redundancy especially at the management level. There are sometimes literally 3 people to do the sae thing and to attend the same meeting. Each will have his or her own agenda too. The quality of the management is very ordinary overall though there are some really sharp people. All in all, the reason IBM is surviving is because of it's technical talent of which there is a substantial amount. This does not mean there is no deadwood as there as meany people who are there just to colect a salary. The promotion process is not always fair and career growth seems to depend too much on which group you are in. Life in IBM is much better as a manager or above a certain band level(* 9 and above)

    Advice to Management

    Very little motivation for those at the bottom of the food chain. Do something to make people feel like a part of the company.

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