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"Lots of Opportunities if you can stand the Bureaucracy"

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Former Employee - FLM
Former Employee - FLM
Recommends
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I worked at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

If you are looking for a lifetime career you can very well find it IBM. Benefits are good, pay is fair. It is the rare individual who will "kill it" from a salary standpoint, unless you time it right in sales, or are a GBS Partner. If you enjoy process overkill with minimal oversight and direction, freedom to shape your role and the opportunity to be involved in a massive team matrix style of management, IBM is an interesting place.

Cons

Surprising the number of "lifers" that are employed/in hiding at this company, many without any experience outside of IBM. IBM may pride itself on the number of acquisitions and the numbers of "new" IBMrs in the ranks, but those folks quickly figure out the stifling environment and bloated layers of management within the company and realize if they want to do anything innovative they seek roles elsewhere.

Advice to Management

Trim 100,000 employees, delayer management, find a stronger CEO with some direction.

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    "Interesting people and work, but employees are not valued"

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    Former Employee - Senior Information Specialist
    Former Employee - Senior Information Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    IBM has lots of resources to devote to any problem, and there are still a lot of really talented folks working here. Flexible work options are great, if you don't let it take over your life.

    Cons

    Corporate culture is pretty bad - employees and long term planning definitely take a back seat to quarterly earnings and the immediate term. Work-life balance can be hard to maintain.


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    "Work-life balance? What balance?"

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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

    Pros

    IBM provides employees with challenging and unique work opportunities. As a consultant you work with some of the top corporations world-wide.

    Cons

    If you work as a consultant, prepare to work extremely hard and travel extensively. I usually flew out to the client site on Sunday and made it back home late Friday evening. Also, you'll be expected to contribute to other projects and assist in scoping new opportunities. Most of these activities occur after hours of your primary project. It's all about billable hours, so if you're not on vacation; you are expected to be on the road at a client site - no exception. To compound matters, for your hard work you will receive no bonus on top of your base salary so negotiate your base carefully on the front end.

    Advice to Management

    Management should come clean with prospective employees regarding time away from home. Instead of saying that you will travel up to 70% of the time, simply say that you will travel up to 98% of the time. People will appreciate the honesty and make a more informed decision concerning whether to accept a job offer.

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