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"IBM is not the company it once was"

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

Pros

Great People to work with..
Allows for telecommuting although I believe IBM mgt is reversing this trend.
Good Benefits..
For the first 24 years, it was a wonderful place to work.

Cons

There is no longer respect for the individual! IBM Executives and Senior Management are run by Wall Street. IBM is no longer an innovative company. Compare IBM to Apple. Even though IBM has thousands of new patents each year, they produce no game changing or market changing products like Apple (ipod, iphone, etc..) In years past, IBM invented and brought to market great products, sys/360, relational dbs, RISC computing, the hard drive, the pc etc etc..
There is no stability even if you are a top performer. The performance rating system is very subjective and used to manage costs vs. reward top performers. Note: It was not always like this.
Morale of employees is very low. Ask to do more and more with no job security and small to no salary increases.
They do not invest in employee development like they once did.
If you are or were a manager, you are much more protected in IBM. I've witnessed several lesser performers and a few outright incompetent sr managers and execs keep their job when highly skilled, incredibly dedicated employees loose their job.

Advice to Management

Bring back the principles that respect for the individual were based on such as integrity, honestly, fairness etc.. I've seen many, many top performers laid off simply to reduce costs or to offshore their job. Provide employees options instead of just laying them off. If Executives and Sr Mgt would explain that the salary cost structure in certain geographies needed to be reduced because of the economy or failure to grow revenue because they do not have the vision or gumption to take risks to invent and take to market new products, then I believe employees would take a significant pay cut, especially if the alternative was to loose their job. Be honest with your employees and show them respect. If you feel that the management is doing such a great job, review the sentiments at http://www.ibmemployee.com/.

Stop managing quarter to quarter and create a strategy to grow top-line revenue organically vs just acquisitions. IBM can still invent and take to market innovative products.

Also, instead of rewarding people that just manage upwards, reward employees that satisfy their customers and actually do the work to meet the business objectives.

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Not too good in global delivery"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Brand Name
    Not too much work-pressure usually
    Flexible work options given to a few
    Wealth of information available online if you want

    Cons

    School-like culture, with "me boss - you underling" approach
    The utilization calculation is a joke
    Management more concerned about mere numbers and less about actual work done
    The new approach to increase utilization is the pits.

    Ok, in paper everything looks good. You are supposed to get flexible work options, you have unlimited opportunities and the like. In reality, everything is different. Flexible work options are there, at the sole discretion of your manager, who more often than not rejects things that IBM approves. A prime example being casual leaves, which nobody is allowed to take even when it is genuinely justified.
    They have come up with a new approach where they pool people and divide work among the pool. The problem is that they decide in a very one-sided and intimidatory review that what you do should take much less time than what it does now.

    Increasingly it is observed that they care more about reducing people count and getting some stupid reports than any actual work being performed.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate performance. Realize that ultimately technical skill solves issues, not getting some stupid reports and matrices out. Understand that work in software is different from that in a motor company, and can't be measured / optimized the same way


  2. "Storage Global Services Engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Storage Engineer
    Current Employee - Storage Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Global market place where business can take you to any continent in the world. With the market being what it is it's nice to work for a company which has a global market place to play off of. My skill set can be leveraged and picked up by project teams world wide. Therefore there is little down time when looking for new projects to move to.

    Cons

    IBM is inward thinking and does not do well at focusing on what their customers want. A perfect example of this is their Lotus Notes product line. It's has 10 times the features of any e-mail client I've ever used and it's equally 10 times as hard to use. IBM needs to simplify it's software and disk portfolio and focus on giving customers value out of the box on day one of ownership. The days when product implementation and integration projects take years to complete are over (or should be for that matter). IBMs competition knows this and has risen to the occasion. This is why IBM is losing in the storage sector.

    Advice to Management

    Remove a tier or two of middle management much like GE has done in the past. IBM needs to become a more agile company focused on delivering results and not just cheap solutions.


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