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  1. "Small fish in a big pond"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Lexington, MA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work culture. Good benefits with support for overall career and personality development. Very open about contacting anyone working within IBM anywhere in the world with supporting technical tools to do the same.

    Cons

    It is a big big company and what you are working on could be similar to someone else's work in IBM and you won't even realize it.


  2. "Software Support Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than a year)

    Pros

    Training opportunities, supportive co-workers. Professional environment. Fun, innovative people.

    Cons

    Cut throat management. Massive layoffs create a sense of fear and instability. The company treats employees as a number not an individual.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good Resume Builder"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Lexington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Looks good on your resume

    Cons

    Low salary. Employee rating system terrible. I was an above average contributer for 6 years, switched managers, and received a below average the following year.

    Advice to Management

    Revise PBC system. Give more recognition to young talent


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Indifferent about closed chapter"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Lexington, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Lexington, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Telecommute
    Work/Life Balance
    Auto-based salary adjustment after being severely-underpayed for assigned position vs. hired position

    Cons

    Degrading office morale
    Often overworked at expense of other slack geos

    Advice to Management

    Happy workers = increased poductivity


  5. "It was a learning experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility and work balance, innovative ideas and opportunities to grow

    Cons

    The company is so large, it is easy to get lost in the crowd. It is harder to stand out if you don't have the right mentor to help you through the system.


  6. "Working with IBM"

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    Current Employee - Co-op Pre Professional Programmer in Lexington, MA
    Current Employee - Co-op Pre Professional Programmer in Lexington, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People working in IBM are one of the best and have good knowledge of what they are doing their and working on.

    Cons

    Being a large organization it is sometimes difficult to get noticed for the work you do and may seem difficult to progress towards top.

    Advice to Management

    I will say that management is doing pretty good job at IBM in all the fields that i can think off.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "IBM"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    competitive salary and benefits
    flexible work arrangements
    global opportunities
    comprehensive work locations if located near a primary office (cafeterias, lounges, kitchens, etc)
    solid results even in poor economy
    stable company with good reputation
    Volunteer opportunities and company support of them

    Cons

    high emphasis on outsourcing US jobs and training of your replacements
    poor management execution of IBM values and processes
    failure to reward technically skilled professionals (more advancement based on politics or popularity)
    sneaky layoffs (resource actions) that are designed to avoid regulations and reporting requirements
    technical work often focused on proprietary products that are not standards based, thus some knowledge is not highly valuable outside of company
    management does not understand technical issues or complexity
    too much management churn/movement
    very limited accountability for managerial mistakes
    too much finger pointing from management towards engineering
    high emphasis on rewarding management and sales but low emphasis on rewarding engineering

    Advice to Management

    Revise the entire yearly and mid-year rating system. More feedback from peers and less feedback from managers who don't even know the people being rated.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Overworked and Under appreciated"

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Lexington, MA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Lexington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Global Connections. Leader in the forefront on green technology. Professional coworkers. Great for working from home or in mobile offices.

    Cons

    The culture at IBM is to work all day everyday. If you were to close your laptop and leave around 5ish you would feel guilty. Project Managers from other departments create additional work for the understaffed finance departments. Professional movement up the ladder is bureaucratic at best and very tough to do deal with.

    Advice to Management

    Finance should be competitively paid compared to how much work we put into the business. The general headcount turnout is a revolving door due to people being ground up, and finding life/work balances at other corporations.


  9. Helpful (34)

    "If IBM buys your company, get out. You have about a year before life is unbearable."

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    Former Employee - Advisory Information Developer in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Advisory Information Developer in Lexington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The only reason to work for IBM are the money and benefits. And if you are just beginning a career, IBM might be OK for a couple of years just to make the transition from the life lived at college and the life of full-time employment with no summer off. IBM is not a long-term proposition for anyone except the most senior management.

    Cons

    IBM bought the company I worked for, so my last 5 years there allowed me to observe the many ways in which IBM demoralizes talented people and drives them away.

    IBM talks a great deal about being accountable, and it devises (and then revises) systems for setting goals for projects and for professional development and for reporting progress toward them. It is fair to say that you spend about 50% of your time collecting the data for and providing it to these systems. Thus, it is not possible to achieve the goals because you are spending most of your time measuring, but not making, progress.

    What matters most is to appear to make progress and appear to take responsibility. Over time, your colleagues become disembodied voices in faraway lands, and you spend a great deal of time in conference calls with them. What you quickly learn is that you can declare progress has been made, and no one is likely to know or care whether it was. I inherited, from IBMers who understood how the game is played, projects that recent college graduates would have done a better job of. I was appalled by the "work" of senior people. Thus, IBM is not a place to learn any skill other than that of self promotion.

    The cumulative impact is devastating. You don't see as much of the colleagues who are still around because you are always on the phone or trying (in vain) to get something done. The isolation gets to you. You become surprised that someone you worked with for years has a) left without saying anything or b) is still around because you haven't seen them in months. Most people work at home as much as possible.

    Before IBM came into your life, you knew what a good job was and you knew how to do it. If you stay too long, you begin to doubt that you know anything and are worth anything to another company and even to yourself. Toward the end of my tenure, more than one person expressed thoughts of suicide. The only folks who seemed to understand the true nature of what was happening were raised in eastern Europe and the Soviet Union.

    I left IBM. I was not laid off. I did not have another job lined up. Things are very tough right now, but I have never regretted leaving. It was a radical act of self respect. My confidence has returned.

    Advice to Management

    Stop lying. The false cheer in the messages from Sam or whoever is running the division is insulting to the intelligence of your employees, who you claim to value. Honesty about your true intentions, namely, to rid yourself of most of your US workforce (especially anyone over 50) would not make anyone happy but would at least earn their respect.

    IBM's true investment is not in innovative technology, superior customer service, or professional growth of employees. It is in the insidious mechanisms that disseminate and reinforce a culture in which the price of success is one's humanity.


  10. "Stability and Work Life Balance"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Lexington, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Lexington, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good corporate culture promoting self-growth. Excellent intranet with daily news regarding what's going on in the organization. Great networking functionality and connectivity software. Work in various cross-functional teams with smart and experienced people. Good work life balance and friendly co-workers.

    Cons

    Somewhat lack of transparency from upper management regarding direction of the company.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency regarding personnel plans


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