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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. "Great way to get frequent flyer miles"

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    Former Employee - IT Architect in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - IT Architect in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    IBM Global Services is a great way to get frequent flyer miles. For the young and single and travel lovers, this is a fantastic organization. I would recommend this organization to any recent college graduate with few commitments. It was a great way to learn.

    Cons

    The organization is so huge it is very easy to get lost in the shuffle. The reporting hierarchy was strange, at best. I had 4 different managers in my first 3 years with Global Services. I never felt like any manager at IBM had my best interest in mind. Someone once told me that the most talented IBM employees leave after 7 years or less.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know your people. I understand that you probably think that billable hours are the most important to your company's success. That was a key measurement for all Global Services employees that I met. But the REAL key to your success are the people and skill sets behind those billable hours. Make sure you have highly skilled people, in addition to highly billable.


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

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    • 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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