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  1. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 10 years

    Great people but Sam Palmisano destroyed a once great company

    Sep 2, 2014 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great people. High level access to major clients. Brand recognition. Excellent company to have in your resume.

    Cons

    HR driven by penny savers - heritage of being run by a CPA for 10 years. Palmisano looked after his own pocket focusing on EPS and artificially raising the stock price so he could cash in after a pre-determined 10 year term. He killed IBM's soul, mortgaged the company future and left a huge mess for Ginni to fix. The 2015 roadmap is a ticking time bomb that will soon implode the foundation of this icon. The company is currently bleeding talent and whoever is left is overworked, underpaid and under appreciated.

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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 8 years

    Overall positive experience

    Aug 16, 2022 - First Line Manager in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Opportunities to learn, grow and advance your career.

    Cons

    Big company culture with detailed and inflexible processes... many that are outdated and no longer useful.

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  2. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 8 years

    Advisory Engineer in STG, IBM

    Aug 26, 2014 - Advisory Engineer in Hopewell Junction, NY
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    Pros

    Disclaimer: A lot of what I'm writing below of course depends on the work area and management chain. But I found this to be fairly pervasive policies in IBM in my 9+ years with the company. 1. IBM's policies and management are very flexible when it comes to working remotely or accommodating various life situations (sick days, doctor visits, etc.). Management is encouraged to measure an employee by their work and impact, and not by hours spent at their office. 2. Great colleagues! Though unfortunately, many have been leaving due to the instability of IBM's HW development business. 3. At least in my area, there's a high level of flexibility on which projects should I undertake based on my and my management assessment of business impact.

    Cons

    1. Unfortunately, IBM still uses the "normal distribution" rating system, where at the end of the year each employee is ranked as a top contributor (5%), above average contributor (15%), average contributor (~75%), and bottom contributor (5%). This curve is difficult to apply in the R&D world, where you may have many members of the team working long and hard hours, and end up being "average contributors" at the end of the year, because there just isn't room for all to be top contributors. 2. The above may not be so disturbing, if only IBM didn't practically cancelled all raises, performance bonuses and incentive for the non top-performers. I've had a consistent "above average" rating in the last 4-5 years, and my raise and performance bonus were ridiculous mere 1.5-2% of my salary. Were I rated "average contributor" I would have gotten NOTHING. So you can imagine that people can go year after year without any raise to their salary. From talking to manager friend, this is IBM's way to eliminate the non-top-performers without having to fire them, as part of its direction of reducing US manpower. 3. Hiring freeze in many areas - again, as part of IBM's attempt to reduce its workforce across North America and Europe we see many jobs move to the India and Far East markets. This is of course upsetting to see local teams shrink and disappear, especially when many great local IBM colleagues and experts begin to drop out. From my experience thus far working with India SW teams - they are still very far away from the standards I would have expected from US and Europe based teams. 4. Poor top down communication about company's and divisions' future. Employees learn from rumors and news websites what's about to come...

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    IBM Response

    VP Human Resources

    Thanks for sharing your experience, and we're glad that you've had a positive experience working with talented colleagues and taking advantage of IBM's programs. IBM is in the midst of a major transformation, --our Systems business is going through its own changes to strengthen competitiveness. Change is never easy. As part of our transformation, we just launched a whole new approach for how we are coaching employees, delivering feedback and managing reviews. No distribution guidelines or what some think of as 'stacked rankings." What's particularly great is that this was co-designed with our employee base from all over the world... to the tune of hundreds of thousands of page views, comments, on-line debates and discussions. IBMers even named the new system Checkpoint, to reflect the regular feedback rituals we're adopting. Managers are more empowered with the new methodology to help them acknowledge the great work of their teams and help their employees develop professionally. These steps and more are showing up in our employee surveys as well. So IBMers are feeling the change. We are confident these changes will help us in continuing to attract and retain great talent.

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