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"Good job flexibility helps offset stagnant salary/career growth."

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Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Poughkeepsie, AR
Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Poughkeepsie, AR
Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Tremendous work flexibilty in terms of when and where to work. Depending on job may work with some of the best minds in the industry. Salary and benefits are competitive, however the cost of living in the Poughkeepsie, NY location has gotten dramaticly more expensive over the past few years but salaries haven't nearly kept up to make it worthwhile to live/work here instead of for example a place like Austin, TX.

Cons

Stagnant salary and career growth. New hires fleeing due to uninpired leadership and work. Very low morale. High cost of living and not other opportunities in the area outside of IBM keeps salaries down.

Advice to Management

Focus more on employees instead of just the bottom line and you may be surprised as the impact on the bottom line

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

  1. "It's all about you make of it.."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    IBM has a trememdous Brand, Global presence, and can provide great opportunities around the world. I do think the senior executive team is quite strong (despite wat many might say)

    Cons

    Big company, easy to get lost in shuffle.. too many people who are riding their careers out and have lost real skills.

    Advice to Management

    I think Sr management should really look at the role of sales and distribution. There seem to be so many resources, and few have strong content and value. The brand specifics resources seems to be the gold in the company.


  2. "Challenging problems and smart colleagues"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Staff Member in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Research Staff Member in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    IBM poses challenging problems to its employees and you get to work with smart colleagues to solve the problems. The pay and benefits are good. The company seems serious about balancing work and family time, although like any high tech company, there are times when the job can become all-consuming. The sheer size and aggregate capabilities of IBM's employee base is staggering... when they are applied effectively. Few companies can attack problems of the scale that IBM can. Several times in its history, IBM has re-invented itself to adapt to changing business and technical circumstances. Overall, it seems like a good place to work.

    Cons

    As might be expected for a company the size of IBM (390,000 employees at last count), there is a large amount of bureaucracy and bureaucratic thinking. Often the bureaucracy can create barriers to innovation, which leads to stagnant product releases. Upper management is very focused on hitting short to medium term financial goals, which although positive in many ways (challenging employees to think creatively) also leads to making some business decisions that are good in the short term but not in the long term. Basically, IBM's sheer size is both its greatest asset and the greatest challenge faced by prospective employees.

    Advice to Management

    Take more risks, shake things up to ensure that employees do not simply take the path of least resistance, challenge R&D to create breakthrough technologies, then push development hard to adopt them (or create their own).

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