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Belfast, UK Area (UK)

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  • "Bad work life balance in the company" (in 1011 reviews)

  • "Long Hours suck sometimes but not too bad" (in 474 reviews)

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  1. "Staff Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work. Good mix of old and new technology.
    Work with great engineers and architects.
    Extremely flexible work environment.

    Cons

    Advancement within a technical capacity is slow.
    Technical training is limited.
    Some communications applications are out dated and need retired.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Vast and Varying Company"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Prestigious reputation. Spans most major cities in the world. Despite it's size it is increasingly an amalgamation of acquisitions so you will find plenty of sites and departments that have the feel of a small company or start up.

    Cons

    There are endless protocols and red tape when doing things and any small company or start up feel is only temporary in an acquisition as the 'Bluewash' rolls in. It does feel like an acquisition machine focusing on shareholder happiness rather than innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce buzzword usage. Don't be so tight with money when it comes to basic equipment. The internal method of assessing performance (PBC) lacks respect from managers and juniors alike.

  3. "Overall a good experience working with good people and technologies."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Flexible benefits including working from home.
    - Interesting technologies.

    Cons

    - Excessive admin processes, rolled out globally.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce excessive admin processes that are repeated on a yearly basis.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "The mighty have fallen"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good name for CV
    Decent pension contribution

    Cons

    Poor salary
    Corporate politics
    Focus on sales rather than development

    Advice to Management

    Pay your staff what they are worth
    Understand that development are the creators of what sales are trying to sell


  5. Helpful (1)

    "IBM Good to work for but could be better"

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    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible with lots of opportunity within IBM, good terms and conditions, interesting and challenging work. Moving around within IBM is encouraged and will help your career, which also keeps things interesting.

    Cons

    bureaucratic, too many procedure that get in the way. Internal politics

    Advice to Management

    Simplify process, Simplify products, Trust employee judgement and give more autonomy.


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