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"Highly Skilled People, Executive team to Short Term Focused"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Somers, NY
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Somers, NY
Disapproves of CEO

I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 10 years)

Pros

- Highly skilled professionals to collaborate with across functions
- Competitive salaries
- Good (not great) benefit package
- Global teaming

Cons

- Executives short term focused
- Culture has shifted from client and employee centric to 'make this quarters financials' at any cost
- Benefits keep getting cut
- High pressure environment impacts work/life balance

Advice to Management

Communicate clear long term strategy
Return focus to creating clients and employees for life not just the next 6-12 months
Empower employees in the trenches to make 'fast' client decisions and not get second guessed by middle management layer.

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. "It's what you make of it"

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    Current Employee - Consulting IT Specialist in Costa Mesa, CA
    Current Employee - Consulting IT Specialist in Costa Mesa, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people are excellent (smart, deep industry and technical domain knowledge), extensive business relationships, always something new going on (acquisitions and R&D). From a sales point of view, there are a lot of advantages like lots of resources (market intelligence, can get into any account, overlay sales/technical sales/product management willing to help). From a technical point of view, access to R&D, development and some of the newest technology. Health plan is excellent.... willing to even pay up to 75% for in-vitro fertilization.

    Cons

    People may find it tough to navigate, understand the organization and company and network with other IBMers. So many products and initiatives makes it difficult for the company and teams to focus on. Team is very distributed and international. Need to be self starter and be motivated to develop own career.

    Advice to Management

    Need to spend time and money on local branch office events. Need to also fix compensation. Extra effort to keep your superstars.


  2. "High stress for low wages across the board."

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Bremerton, WA
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Bremerton, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than a year)

    Pros

    IBM benefits are excellent and affordable for the employee. Group of peers very supportive, in general. Lots of long-time employees that earnestly want to see the company do well.

    Cons

    Constant fear of being demoted or fired. High-stress, low-reward environment. Minimal pay for the position due to client contracts (CRM) and operating margins.

    Advice to Management

    Management does what they can, most of the time, but also gets caught up in the "you're going to get fired" mentality. They're under the gun as well, just not to the same level (no managers have actually been fired in years).

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