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"OK for short term early career building or for retiree supplemental employment but that is about it."

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Former Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
Former Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

For a young person or someone new to IT IBM still looks good on a resume. Working there for a few years will allow someone to get basic skills and experience that will be helpful after leaving IBM.

IBM has fairly decent benefits in regards to Medical and Dental insurance, flexible working arrangements and 401K.

The flexible work arrangements make for a reasonable place for a retiree to work as a supplemental employee. There is also a lot less pressure as a supplemental employee and pay is typically better than being hired as an IBM contractor.

Cons

IBM's intent is to offshore many jobs in the US. This results in high performing employees, in addition to lower performers, being laid off to move much of the highly technical work oversees.

IBM used to provide a lot of training for employees in order to maintain current skills and allow folks to upgrade into new technologies. Over that past several years education has been curtailed to increase earnings per share in a decreasing revenue environment.

Few and far between pay raises/promotions for expected work load.

When I first started with IBM management and executives were engaged with employees. Under the current CEO management has become isolated from employees. The result is a work force that has no general direction or input into product/development cycles. It also displays itself in lack of innovation in products as the folks in the trenches no longer have input in the design processes.

To sum it up I have told my children to look at IBM as an employer of last resort.

Advice to Management

Management and executives need to reengage with employees. This will allow those that know what is truly going on in the business and products to provide much needed data that can be used for product planning and schedules.

The current CEO and board need to stop looking at short term earnings and stock price. They need to start looking long term and how to grow revenue organically. There was a time that IBM was the largest computer producer, the largest software vendor, the largest external storage producer, etc. Today it is the leader in none of these. With 31 years I can say it was not the development teams that caused this to happen. The responsibility lays squarely with the executive team.

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. "Accountant"

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    Former Employee - Accountant in New Providence, NJ
    Former Employee - Accountant in New Providence, NJ
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Place to Work. There is lot of potential and people can grow. Managers are good and very understanding. Offices are good.

    Cons

    Too many employees. Slow growth. Multiple job site changes. work from home not provided for all. Too many working hours. Hierarchy is too tall.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing in specific. Keep up the good work. Make the company more flexible. Get employee feedback in all areas of work.


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    "Not your father's or mother's IBM"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    IBM continues to seek out the best and brightest among computer professionals from around the world. The culture of technical excellence and advancement is still solidly in place.

    Cons

    With so many highly talented and skilled professionals, the culture at IBM is often cutthroat to the point that genuine talent is overshadowed by personalities and cliques. Employees are often viewed as disposable and interchangeable, with more emphasis frequently placed on bringing in fresh college hires than retaining more experienced workers.

    Advice to Management

    Delivering value to shareholders needs to be a long term project. You cannot keep treating more experienced workers like we are disposable and expect to retain a dominant position. Nor is sending jobs to the location with the cheapest wages a viable long term solution. The morale level at many locations, in the United States and abroad, is virtually non-existent.

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