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"Solidly good place to work overall, but lots of bureaucratic overhead and ossified systems"

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Product Manager in Cambridge, MA
Current Employee - Product Manager in Cambridge, MA
Approves of CEO

Pros

* Good people to work with, with some really stellar folks
* Nearly any important company or government in the world is a customer
* Good benefits
* If you're on a good project that's doing well financially, it can be fun (and a lot of work)
* Well known, well-respected company

Cons

* Expense tightening is getting a little too much
* Committees for everything as a way to avoid personal decision making
* Compartmentalization of roles can be extreme
* Antiquated systems and processes (green screens, and Lotus Notes needs a serious overhaul)
* Interruptions and crisis mode are a way of life
* Politics can be soul crushing
* It's a Big Machine

Advice to Management

It's ok to invest and take more internal risks. Have a planning horizon that's longer than 1 fiscal year for more internal investments.

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. Helpful (5)

    "They ain't what they used to be."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    As a general rule, the employees are some of the brightest
    Work flexibility / work from home
    The IBM name still has some weight on resumes.

    Cons

    Very unfair way of rating performance
    Limited to no career advancement training
    Utilization targets are impossible to achieve if you've been with the company for many years.

    Advice to Management

    Let the employees make the decisions, they know the job better than you.
    Guide them to success
    Assist them to achieve their goals.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Don't work here and if you're here now, leave asap"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Awful Environment in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Awful Environment in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There really are none, unless you can't find a job anywhere else, in which case, they'll hire you and probably keep you as long as you kiss-up to the right people.

    Cons

    Wow, where do I begin? Bumbling, disrespectful managers, horrible hours, no chance for advancement, flat wages that actually result in pay cuts over years since they don't keep up with inflation, threats that you'll lose your job at the drop of a hat...

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within people that actually deserve it, not just people who will go along with anything you say and suck-up to you.


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