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Updated July 30, 2017
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  1. Helpful (12)

    "IBM STG SUCKS -- BIG TIME"

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    Current Employee - Really Does Not Matter in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Really Does Not Matter in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    None! Things were good in late 90s when everything was rosy. Now the environment has made pathetic by management with blatant bias.

    Cons

    Everything is a downside unless you are a genious .. Else you need to be "ingenious" to make it

    Advice to Management

    RESIGN!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Don't make the mistake of planning a career at IBM or it will cost you dearly."

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Recognition in marketplace.
    All the Computer Base Training you want.

    Cons

    There is not any "off" time. There is an expectation for additional work and your professional training to be done on your personal time. The tenet of "Respect for Individual" may come from the top but it is mocked by the first line managers in their execution.
    Diversity forced down your throat.

    Advice to Management

    The managers should have an incentive in their compensation structure, validated by their reports, that they are actually supporting the work/life balance. As opposed to the tongue in cheek message that is clearly conveyed.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "not your fathers IBM"

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    Current Employee - SSR in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - SSR in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    You get pretty decent benefits. First line management seems to care about their group. peers are willing to help you out.

    Cons

    low pay. callouts every weekend. upper management does not seem to care. every day there seems to be a new direction.

    Advice to Management

    retire


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Bad place for contractors, stay away!"

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    Current Contractor - Information Security Advisor in Houston, TX
    Current Contractor - Information Security Advisor in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Depending on the position, you get to work from home. That's the only good thing depending on how you look at it.

    Cons

    IBM never gives you advance notice before your contract expires, so you always find out on the last day that you are gone! They usually hire you for a year contract then sometimes renew it until the day you find out your contract is over (often times managers know ahead of time when your contract will expire, but they do not tell the contractors because they want to use the contractors until the last day so that it won't hurt the business). Also, you are always in a furlough, every year! They will cut your hours as low as 25 hours/week, which is impossible for someone to make a living. They want you to work like an animal and what you hear during the interview process is not what you will be doing; they will add more work to your plate. You end up not making what you are supposed to be making due to furlough, no holiday pay, no overtime, etc. Forget about getting hired full-time; this will never happen regardless of how many years you work there as a contractor. You won't get any help from management either because executives are making all the decisions. Managers treat the contractors like garbage; they only support "regular" employees!


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Poor Pay, Terrible working conditions"

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    Former Employee - Consulting IT Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Consulting IT Specialist in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    None that I can think of

    Cons

    Too Much Travel. Not proper work/life balance

    Advice to Management

    Don't let HR run the company


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Outsourcing"

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    Current Employee - Production Control Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Production Control Analyst in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not many for American workers anymore.

    Cons

    Outsourcing basically every quarter. Terrible management!!!

    Advice to Management

    Value American workers.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Program Management"

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Having IBM on your resume sometimes helps.

    Cons

    All good talent have left. All work is outsourced. Benefits are horrible. Raises do not exist. CEO is not moving fast enough for the market. Morale is poor. This is no longer a good company to work for and there is no room for growth. Employee's are left on their own to manage their careers. No incentives.

  8. "Low growth low pay, not for me."

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at IBM (More than a year)

    Pros

    employee perks are great, not much else to say.

    Cons

    Too many employees, never met my manager. low wage for skills/experience. felt like my contribution didn't matter. Very low job satisfaction.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "This Company discriminates against U.S white male workers over 50"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Executive in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Project Executive in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Medical & Dental Benefits are ok

    Cons

    Not an innovative company... sales pure play. Sell something and then figure out if you can deliver it. Technologies are at least 5 years behind the leaders in the business.

    Advice to Management

    Hire leaders from out side the company that are real Engineers, Entrepreneurs, and Innovators. And get rid of the Romety's, Palmasano's, etc. They have killed the company.


  10. "IBM is not a people company unless you live in India"

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    Current Employee - Business Operations Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Business Operations Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility. You can work from home and live anywhere.

    Cons

    A HUGE percentage of the jobs are being oursourced to other countries. There is little funding for employee education. This is not a people company anymore. They just want you to work overtime all the time. There is constantly this unspoken message that you better be happy that you have a job because we can outsource your job any day now.

    Advice to Management

    Become more customer focused and not just quarterly financial focused. Listen to your customers and delight them. Give them more then they expect. Focus more on their needs vs. IBM's needs.


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