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"At one time it was a great company to work for but not anymore."

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Former Employee - Business Analyst in Armonk, NY
Former Employee - Business Analyst in Armonk, NY
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

IBM allows most employees the benefit of Telecommuting and has great work/life balance allowing employees to take care of personal business when needed.

Cons

IBM has lost its concern for their employees they are just another commodity/expense used by management. Even their pay is not as good as it once was. The side benefits like parties for the children and other events for employees are no longer in existence and this has hurt the moral. In a few years the number of US employees will be at their lowest point since all the work keeps going to the country that has the lowest cost.

Advice to Management

Please go back to the days of respect for the US employee and stop the cutting of cost just to reach the 2015 blueprint. I have seen many good US employees cut over the last several years this needs to stop. Please think about the future of the company not about the current results.

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Great People, Poor Environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Large, well-recognized company.
    Vast breadth of experience and opportunity.
    Work from Home
    Work-Life Balance (not true for everyone).

    Cons

    Executive focus on EPS at the expense of product development, employee satisfaction/retention, and customer satisfaction.
    Executive compensation based on EPS drives this.
    Banding system & "80% of market salary" guidance artificially suppress earnings.
    401(k) contribution only once per year.
    PBC reviews use outdated "Stack ranking" system requiring underrating of some employees despite performance.
    "Resource Action" culture and lack of transparency has most employees running scared.
    IBM Core Values are frequently violated from the top down, and have become a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Abandon Roadmap 2015. The market may punish you slightly at first, but it can be positioned as "doing what's best for the long-term health of the company." Take the $15b in stock buybacks and invest in employees, and products, but most importantly, invest in driving top-line revenue.

    Analysts are starting to accept that increasing EPS against failing revenue isn't the best indicator of company health, and the sacrifices required to make $20 by the end of 2015 could seriously jeopardize the long-term ability of the company.


  2. "It's a job, not a career"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a job, it pays the bills (almost)

    Cons

    Average at best compensation and benefits, no regard for the employees, no innovation or excitement.

    Advice to Management

    If you're not happy with the results (which you shouldn't be), you need to change the environment so that you're able to attract and retain the talent needed to win, not exist.

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