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"good company"

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Current Employee - Research Scientist in New York, NY
Current Employee - Research Scientist in New York, NY
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

nice culture and work/life balance
pay/compensation is ok
good company values

Cons

personal growth opportunity not satisfiable

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. "Complex but credible process driven company with more potential"

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    Former Employee - Business Development Manager
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1) Market credibility, breadth and depth of capabilities, historical position and pride you feel as as an employee of a respected American corporate icon
    2) Opportunities to work on projects that are groundbreaking, with extremely smart people if you are adept at working the complex and entrenched political system.
    3) Competitive salary/bonus structures for leadership roles.
    4) Work/Life balance
    5) Potential training opportunities if given time out of field to pursue
    6) Lots of resources available if you know where to look and who/how to ask.
    7) Name recognition and respect for IBM and former employees with prospective employers after departure

    Cons

    1) Scale and complexity, lots of layered decision-making and duplication of effort..silos
    2) Competing internal interests, quarterly focus, unwillingness to take risks and constant change, makes the company miss opportunities.
    3) Weekly company wide "cadence" creates a sense of micro-management with little value-add to the selling process.
    4) Tendency for employees to be pigeon-holed in one particular role makes it challenging to grow career capabilities and can lead to burn-out and declining performance in that specific role.
    5) Career trajectory is dependent mostly on the individual employee and having continuity of executive sponsorship...see risk aversion and change culture impact.
    6) Hiring/Firing decisions are based very much on "what have you done for me lately" culture as opposed to recognizing and placing employees in responsible roles that are challenging but consistent with their key strengths, interests and capabilities. From an HR perspective, "Needs of the business" appears to be based only on the macro demand forecast as opposed to accurately identifying and refining the talent available and mapping it to opportunity accordingly.

    Advice to Management

    1) Craft process and incentive programs to encourage creativity and measured risk in exploiting new and evolving market opportunities. Formalize an incubation/innovation environment and encourage participation. Think Google Me-Time approach.
    2) Don't look first to sell/license the IP/Patent portfolio without assessing and sponsoring credible and capable purveyors of IBMs truly unique inventions or IP. Leverage the power of the brand, market insights and the financial scale of the company to act more as a venture capitalist in sponsorship of those companies selected to exploit the opportunity afforded by the invention at hand. Picking winners and losers and investing in them to carry the IBM idea to market, even if not within the core business, can drive a more sustainable income stream than divest or license alone.
    3) Drive P&L and market decision making down-line to the field and stop the culture of "managing up" the pipeline spin...make the process less monitoring oriented and more project and team specific focus, as needed/as designed, to help the field POCs craft and position the most compelling and creative client message.
    4) Utilize the analytics available and encourage/incent/devise process for HR and Line leaders to identify talent and proactively sponsor candidates for new and challenging roles. Do a better job of understanding individuals core strengths and passions and encourage movement across the organization accordingly. This will be recognized and appreciated and will serve to build a more progressive and high-performance culture with the right people, in the right place at the right time.


  2. "Great experience for my first internship position as a college sophomore."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Technical Representative in Dubuque, IA
    Former Intern - Technical Representative in Dubuque, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You are provided the opportunity to work with professionals in the IT industry. Managers work closely with interns and provide various projects and tasks to test your technological skills. I even had the chance to manage my own project involving the design and development of a employee lap top database. If you put yourself out there you can find some unique opportunities. Great building.

    Cons

    Poorly organized and did not establish enough work for on coming interns. I found myself very bored more than I had anticipated. Training is a two week process.

    Advice to Management

    Take more time to plan for the internship prior to it beginning.

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