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Updated September 14, 2017
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  1. "VP of IT"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President of IT in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President of IT in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    great people, great talent, and great opportunity

    Cons

    nothing wrong, except for needing more room to grow.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work Landsea team. You are going places.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Big ships don't turn quickly"

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    Current Employee - Senior Channel Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Channel Manager in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Prestige of being an "IBMer" (other people think it's cool)
    Fantastic product
    Historically a leader in equal employment
    Great Pay
    Fantastic benefits

    Cons

    Cut throat internal politics driven by consistent mass layoffs
    Eligible for RA without explanation, even if you overachieve quota and get excellent reviews
    Disconnected management that fear for their jobs just as much as you do
    Frequent reorgs and product name changes are confusing for sales and customers
    Channel conflict is REAL - channel is in direct competition with direct sales
    Working from home means the day never ends - and weekends are fair game for managers expecting a same day response

    Advice to Management

    Good luck, and I mean that sincerely.

  3. "Learned a lot!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Campaign Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Campaign Manager in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful people and an opportunity to learn from some some of the worlds most forward thinkers.

    Cons

    Process, process, process. You have to be a person who is willing to deal with the red tape.

    IBM Response

    Mar 31, 2017 – Program Consultant - IBMer Engagement

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts. We agree that IBMers are great. We are working to simplify our processes wherever possible through an initiative called the GetSimple Exchange.


  4. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I like working there. great people.

    Cons

    To many layoffs. They happen every year

    Advice to Management

    Work with those people who get layoff to get them internal jobs


  5. "Cloud Development Manager"

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    Current Employee - Business Development in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Business Development in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Independent & high income. Ability to set my own pace.

    Cons

    unstable work environment. "Red tape".

    Advice to Management

    execute better


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Business Development Executive / Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Company name recognition, excellent pay, opportunity for advancement as long as you are not on the resource list

    Cons

    NO job security, sales quotas not attainable any longer because they are not even close to being realistic, products and services are in decline and not even competitive, R&D is almost non existant, and even when you do an excellent job you could still be resourced for no cause

    Advice to Management

    Management along with some of the top executives who do a very poor job keep their management roles and many times get promoted to a better position within the company even though they missed their sales numbers by a long shot. Why do you in management protect and promote incompetence by fellow IBMers?
    Management is protected from the resource actions for some reason and just play a revolving musical chair strategy that keeps them employed. The sales teams are NOT as lucky as management is and when the numbers are not where they should be are singled out and resourced almost immediately. Why is this the new normal at IBM?
    Clean up your own departments and groups before singling out the sales teams who are trying to sell some of the inferior products and service offerings they are required to sell. Does the total disaster Power and the pseudo Cloud offerings come to mind?
    This company is now run very poorly and it is only a matter of time until the investors and the board finally realize that severe changes are required for the survival of the company. Then you in management can leave with all of your stock options and golden parachutes thinking you did a great job. Nothing could be further from the truth.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "A company with great history"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    good environment to learn skills

    Cons

    not much opportunities because overall business is not growing

    Advice to Management

    invest in people and future technology, not buy back share. Buy back boosts short term stock price, but not stock price in future.

  8. "QA Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Quality Assurance Intern in Irvine, CA
    Current Intern - Quality Assurance Intern in Irvine, CA
    Recommends

    I have been working at IBM as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Really friendly and supportive people in my team. Have been working as an Intern since six months and have nothing to complain about. It entirely depends on what team you get to work with and how well you manager communicated your responsibilities to you and make sure you are not lost as an Intern (Which usually is bound to happen eventually).

    Cons

    A bigger facility with some recreation activities would have been great to motivate the employees.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "STSM; Software Architect"

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    Former Employee - Programming Advisor, Senior Technical Staff Member (STSM) in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Programming Advisor, Senior Technical Staff Member (STSM) in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The pay at IBM is good.the benefits are good. You can work at home at least some of the time.

    Cons

    Highly political, no one has job security, so high stress. The lowest performers, as determined by management, some of whom who have never met the people they are ranking, are pruned every year, except that somehow, pruning doesn't seem to happen much at the executive ranks. Trying to turn everyone into a salesman as much as possible (which is a mistake). No loyalty whatsoever to employees. The company is run on the opinions of top executives (who want no anonymous feedback from employees) not on actual data collected to see what works to make employees more productive and more motivated. They keep acquiring companies (to acquire and absorb new technology just like the Borg in Startrek), So they get much more innovation and smart people than they could generate themselves, but they also get a lot of functional overlap in the software and the resulting confusion and complexity and political battles, and a huge, overly large number of products (aka the "frankenstack") and they get extra people, so some existing people are pruned, even if they were top performers for 20 years and they could be transferred to another job in a different department. A company of over 400,000 people is unwieldy and extremely difficult to manage. Over time, the total number of employees fluctuates over a range of hundreds of thousands.

    They want to put everyone in cubicles. The want to remove the locks from all offices. They enforce a clean, sanitized desk policy.

    IBM is worldwide, so there is a lot of time zone pain on phone conferences, because the world is round.. No way around that problem.

    Advice to Management

    IBM's gross revenue is slowly declining. The buck stops at the top of the hierarchy. Therefore, by IBM's own logic, the top management needs to be replaced with more effective management.

    It is arrogant to think you can project earnings and profit 5 years into the future with any accuracy, so they should stop doing that. The business environment is changing too fast and too unpredictably. Instead, take the approach some other companies take -- something like "we are going to make the coolest and best gadgets we possibly can, and we think the customers will enthusiastically buy them".

    Management at all levels should get anonymous feedback from employees (no one will speak out in public about the mistakes being made for fear of losing their job).

    They think they have a culture of extreme meritocracy, but it has turned into a highly political back stabbing culture with no loyalty in either direction except within cliques. The ruthless and ambitious rise and survive..

    The CEO's attempt to flatten the hierarchy of 10 levels of so is a farce. The executives think they are too important to be "flattened" out of the hierarchy, so all the flattening happened at the bottom level of management, pushing aside the good managers who knew what they were doing.

    Requiring everyone to start all meetings with a customer success story was also ridiculous and as widely ignored as possible. How many success stories does any one person have versus how many meetings are needed to get the job done? That directly conflicts with the directive to "operate more efficiently".

    Gini's (the CEO's) "own story" about the internet and cloud strategy was her attempt to take the credit for IBM's internet and cloud strategy so she could save her job. It was embarrassing. What actually happened was that somebody in "Acquisitions" acquired SoftLayer, SoftLayer was recognized as good, and the strategy was based on that. Before that, little groups all over IBM were proposing things to do in the cloud, developing proof concepts, making up names and models of different kinds of clouds, and recommending that something be done -- prior to the acquisition of SoftLayer there was no overall internet or cloud strategy.

    These last couple of directives smack of desperation -- it's as if the highest level executives were afraid of losing their jobs because (total revenue was slowly declining) and were acting irrationally, because they didn't know what to do.


  10. "A great company if you are jump starting you career or late in your career."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    work-life balance and great colleagues

    Cons

    management
    profit sharing not every year

    Advice to Management

    Think about your employees before your profits.


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