I worked at IBM (More than 8 years)
interesting , world wide impact, exposure to verity of products /solutions
huge organization, hard to innovate with all the bureaucracies
I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 10 years)
Working for IBM is like working for many different companies, so potentially you can move about and build your career without changing companies.
Employees taken the burden of what I like to call "IBM Blue Overhead". There are processes, tools, databases by the 1000s. Getting help or support often requires contacting someone in another country. Raises and bonuses are abysmal. They have off-shored so many internal support positions that basically you need to be your own IT help desk, HR partner, and BA. Your first line manager has virtually no control over your salary, raises, bonuses.
Advice to Management
Consider the burden your workers pay by your "cost-saving" strategies to offshore so many job functions. This may not show up in your spreadsheet, but it's there and you're burning out the hard-working employees whose jobs you haven't yet cut.
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