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Current Employee - User Experience Designer in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - User Experience Designer in San Jose, CA
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

- work / life balance
- 401(k) match is awesome
- flexible work hours
- vacation time is great
- they don't work you to death (at least in my dept.)
- free light rail pass for commuting
- encourage learning, having a mentor, moving around in the company

Cons

- the ability to affect change is difficult because the company is so large
- career growth is a slow process

Advice to Management

- listen to your designers when designing software products, not developers
- focus on the user experience to retain customers and attract new ones
- avoid pushing feature overload vs. designing a solid experience that customers want
- in companies other than IBM, designers LEAD developoment - not the other way around. It's backwards at IBM (a VERY old mentality in product design)

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Decent place to work; completely depends on the group your in"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Littleton, CO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Littleton, CO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    * Large company, lots of room to join different groups
    * Bound to have very competent, intelligent people working alongside you
    * No myth about bureaucratic processes dragging down development
    * Most manager very fliexible about work, life balance
    * Many career development opportunities, perks that only a large company could offer
    * Jobs being outsourced

    Cons

    * Lots of lifers, particularly management who have no clue about life outside of IBM
    * Lots of layoffs, even while company is doing okay. IBM hides layoffs as resource actions to avoid having to report. 5000 people can apply for 5 open jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees more. Don't treat us like school children. Stop outsourcing the jobs. It's going to come back to haunt IBM in terms of quality.


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    "IBM is still innovative."

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    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of very smart, talented and innovative people. When these people are focused on a common goal, no one can match IBM for solutions and strategy.

    An environment that encourages creative thinking and innovative solutions.

    Cons

    Too many layers of management create an over abundance of reporting and checking in a reactive mode versus a proactive mode.
    Too much in unnecessary competition for business between software brands - not enough incentive to solving problems versus point solutions for the customer.

    Advice to Management

    -

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