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  • You have to manage your work life balance or you'll end up doing the work of 2 or more people (in 929 reviews)

  • Long hours like everwhere elses (in 442 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Good for name on resume but company culture is toxic"

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    Current Employee - IT Professional in Mechanicsburg, PA
    Current Employee - IT Professional in Mechanicsburg, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    This is a large company with a well-known brand. Although many developers know of the toxic environment, other employers are still unaware of the situation. As such, having IBM on my resume has helped create opportunities.

    Cons

    Stack ratings guarantee politics as opposed to good performance. Employees who are good at networking and promoting themselves (or taking credit for work) will excel. Actual performance on the job is not rewarded (or punished).
    In addition, outsourcing at IBM is extremely pervasive. Get used to late night/early morning meetings with India. This also means that there is very little job security.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "The decline of IBM in the United States"

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    Current Employee - Advisory I/T Architect in Mechanicsburg, PA
    Current Employee - Advisory I/T Architect in Mechanicsburg, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Working at IBM did give me the opportunity to learn a myriad of skills, including professionalism, teamwork, and programming. I earned a nice salary for the duties I performed.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, IBM wants you to give every ounce of yourself to your work and the company...and then pays off the United States worker by laying them off right before they reach retirement. They preach quality, productivity, and efficiency...but will brush those qualities aside for the ability to hire 3rd world country employees at ridiculously low wages...who then must muddle through for years trying to support business and application processes. IBM Senior Management does not seem to understand that they have destroyed loyalty, ownership, and pride in the company and it's employees by accepting big bonuses on the backs of the United States workers who built the company and on the United States consumer and tax payer who by their products.

    Advice to Management

    IBM Leadership, like Bob Moffat, need to quit being so greedy for themselves

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Stop offshoring US jobs."

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Mechanicsburg, PA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Mechanicsburg, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule which is supported by immediate management. The pay is good; however, you earn it.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for professional advancement. Offshoring of US jobs which creates continuous anxiety and makes one wonder "will my job be offshored next." Matrix managment structure which makes for a stressful/ very ambiguous work environment. The company embraces a virtual team environment, so you can work in one city but work with individuals in different cities. This can create a more challenging work environment since you cannot simply walk over to a co-worker's desk to discuss a work item. Management can also be located in another city. Bottom line - there can be a dearth of face time which can hurt you during your annual review. Also, there is a tremendous focus on getting more bang for the buck. In other words, reduce the number of employees, maintain the same workload, and take on additional workload.

    Advice to Management

    Revisityand embrace the principles fostered by Thomas Watson which once made this a great company.


  4. "Not a bad place to be"

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    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Mechanicsburg, PA
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Mechanicsburg, PA
    Recommends

    Pros

    The overall product line is second to none - overall. Easy to get an appointment and to have the customer to listen to you. You have the ability to sell all products as a generalist or specific products as a specialists. Specialization can be in hardware (Servers, storage, etc.) and in software (middleware, such as data management and business intelligence, web servers, application development, systems management and security) and services (IT services that are hardware or software centric; or business servcies, such as consulting, systems integration, application management, systems outsourcing, business process transformation or business process outsourcing). There are other more detailed specializations.

    Cons

    Pay is not as good as it is with competing firms.

    Advice to Management

    More robust salary increases are way overdue!


  5. "IBM -- It Could Be Better, but its not bad"

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Harrisburg, PA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Harrisburg, PA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people, challenging projects, name recognition of your company. It can be a fun place to be, and you see a lot of useful information that comes across the transom almost accidentally. If you hunt, you can find some info that just isn't available anyplace else.

    Cons

    The smart people aren't always where you are, the challenging projects aren't, either. There's a lot of grunt labor that has nothing to do with the stuff that generates the name recognition. Pay isn't very good unless you're a star. The sense is that senior management is running scared, and their paternal style doesn't allow them to frankly ask for help. They do try, but only intermittantly.

    Advice to Management

    Pay less, challenge more, educate and enlighten.


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