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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.

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. "Great people delivering innovative products and services, but..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Most people at IBM are smart, collaborative, dedicated and enjoyable to work with. Working remotely allows for flexibility and convenience for both the employee and the company. Many of the products and services are innovative and keep the work varied and interesting. Most of the day-to-day tools and technology are helpful in efficiently doing ones job.

    Cons

    The organization is too middle heavy with 2-3 levels of management spending too much time "managing up". Increases in salary doesn't come easy and there is a review/rating process that is cumbersome and not balanced to contribution. Many managers and directors are not familiar with the work their team does, so they are unable to train, mentor and sometimes appreciate the efforts. Much time spent by managers telling up the chain what they want to hear vs what they need to hear (and advocating for the people who work for them).

    Advice to Management

    Senior Management should look at balance of "doers" vs those who "talk about what was done"...top-middle heavy and not efficient and those carrying that weight are frustrated. Senior management should talk to people quite a few levels down to get perspective.


  2. ""Let's build a lifeless moon""

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Breadth and depth of products and skills
    Flexible working options (work from home, etc.)
    Great co-workers

    Cons

    Management micro-focus on quarter to quarter earnings targets - no long term investment
    Employees = expendable
    No management accountability - business not going well? We'll promote the executives (GM's and higher, some VP's), and lay off everyone else.

    Advice to Management

    Manage your talent. You've taken your only talent management tool (PBC ratings) and turned it into a process to make sure you don't have to pay any bonuses.

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