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"Not your parents' IBM"

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Former Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Austin, TX
Former Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Austin, TX
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

IBM offers fair salaries, acceptable benefits, reasonable (but declining) vacation time, and a huge internal network to explore positions. There are some very bright people who work for IBM, and they are an inspiration for what is possible.

Cons

Morale is generally in tatters after years of offshoring and 'Resource Actions' (euphemism for layoffs). My team went from 9 people eventually to 4 with no change in total workload. Reductions only take into account short-term company bottom line, not quality of work that can be produced, and cut decisions happen at such a high level that I've seen very valuable people eliminated.

Culture is often tied up in older ways of doing things ("Because that's how we've always done it!"). New ideas are welcomed, but rarely acted upon, or take years to make even minor changes.

Shifting positions internally is often difficult as employees with seniority tend to just...stay in one position, leaving no room for advancement without drastically shifting teams.

Advice to Management

Go back to putting employees first and Wall Street second and you'll end up with a better overall company. The short-term gains of mindless employee reductions are cutting some dead wood, but are also eliminating extremely valuable people who are going to end up working for your competitors and harm IBM on both fronts: the loss of the non-executive thought leadership, and the increase in skills of your competition.

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  1. "The Ups and Downs of IBM"

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    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer 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

    Great place to work if your a software engineer, you will have a job for life. Work/life balance is great. Pay is fair. Lots of vacation and paid time off. Good benefits.

    Cons

    If your a hardware engineer you will have to be in the right group or you will always have to worry about the next layoff, which happens every year like clockwork. Upper Management is lost and appear to have no clue what they are doing. Apparently the only way they can make money is to lay people off.

    Advice to Management

    You have 15 layers of Management, that is insane. Bring back respect for the individual. Your people are your backbone and your future, trying taking care of them.


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    "IBM Hardware is in decline"

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    Former Employee - Advisory Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Advisory Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice work-life balance and lots of resources because of its large size. Good place to start working ... they usually only hire new college graduates, anyway. Usually at the state of the art in terms of hardware design, but that is in decline. Nice co-workers but the company pits everyone against everyone for performance reviews.

    Cons

    If you going into IBM hardware, be careful. Hardware earns money but unfortunately costs money. The amount it earns is not as much as the top dogs think it should, so I would expect it to sell off or lay off more people in this area. The company is top heavy, lots of senior people so you can get some early promotions, but then there are too many top dogs (due to experience) so you are stuck. Its EDA tools are out dated --- at least it should try harder to use industry standard ones --- and that can be a problem if you ever leave. Lots of regulations from the top down.

    Advice to Management

    Think. Think future instead of quarterly. You have the power to change the world, but if you worry and react about each quarter, you will loose all that power.

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