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  1. "Scrum Master"

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    Current Contractor - Product Owner, Scrum Master, PM in Lexington, KY
    Current Contractor - Product Owner, Scrum Master, PM in Lexington, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work from home, professional peers

    Cons

    salary and no benefits as a contractor, but otherwise it's the same as being reg IBMer

    Advice to Management

    none, they are pretty darn good


  2. "Use it to boost your resume"

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Lexington, KY
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Lexington, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Legacy of industry leadership, access to peers with fantastic skills and work ethic, work at an enterprise level with a focus on best practices.

    Cons

    Massive shift to offshore resources and Delivery Centers. New hires coming out of high school with limited background. Morale is very low.

    Advice to Management

    You are squandering the value of the brand by chasing talented people away.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Depressing"

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    Former Employee - Sales Operations Specialist in Lexington, KY
    Former Employee - Sales Operations Specialist in Lexington, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good salaries, flexible schedules, good exposure to experienced professionals

    Cons

    16 hour days, jobs going to asia, training decline, no profit sharing, threat of layoffs

    Advice to Management

    Go back to ethical principles


  4. Helpful (2)

    "IBM Lexington. Kind of like a soggy bowl of cereal, cold and limp."

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Lexington, KY
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Lexington, KY
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    To get IBM onto your resume. Hope to work on cutting edge systems. Hope to advance your career. Lexington is a great town in which to live.

    Cons

    Moral in Lexington is pretty bad and that is a shame because the people still working for IBM are really good but they have been abandoned by IBM. Complete lack of over sight and lack of recognition.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of all of your people. Not just the ones working on Watson.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "IBM is just a shell of what a great company it used to be."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, KY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, KY
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    IBM allows a somewhat flexible work schedule for some jobs.

    Cons

    No Job Security. Tremendous effort to offshore all jobs to lower cost countries. Pension reduced and frozen from active employees. Medical benefits taken away for retirees. Employee performance ratings decreased for no apparent reason.

    Advice to Management

    Be upfront and transparent about plans to move jobs overseas. Also, publicly announce layoffs including numbers and locations.


  6. "Be loyal to thy self!!"

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    Current Employee - Oracle Database Administrator in Lexington, KY
    Current Employee - Oracle Database Administrator in Lexington, KY

    Pros

    Job experience, and great on your resume.

    Cons

    You are constantly worried about loosing your job due to yearly resource actions. Not having access to the pay band puts you at a disadvantage during salary negotiations. GET WHAT YOU CAN BEFORE YOU START WORKING FOR THE COMPANY.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees the true "Market Value".


  7. "Good place to work if you can stand the billable hour stupidity and the outsourcing stupidity."

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    Current Employee - Advisory I/T Architect in Lexington, KY
    Current Employee - Advisory I/T Architect in Lexington, KY
    Recommends

    Pros

    The flexible work schedule, the good pay, and the people I work with are the primary things that keep me here. I could never go back to having set start and stop times for work; I have a child now and it's wonderful to be able to take time during the day to attend something at preschool or just not try to yank her out of bed before she's ready.

    The pay is good, and I enjoy the work I'm doing for the most part. I think I'm one of the lucky ones in both regards. The people are nice overall, and I really enjoy working with the people on my team.

    Cons

    The only metric that management has is a billable hour. That leads to a lot of really stupid decisions, and they're losing good people left and right because of this. Another primary strategy is to get rid of as many US employees as possible (due to cost), so these people are not being replaced.

    Nobody seems to care if an employee in a different country can do the job at all. They're cheaper, so they're hired. Just like in the US, some of these folks are bright and motivated -- we don't pay competitively in those countries, so you can bet you're training them up for some other company. Others are worthless, and they'll stay around for a long time, accomplishing nothing -- but management doesn't care, because they're not in the US.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on getting things done, not billing hours. Realize that people truly are your most valuable asset, and not a liability. Stop promoting people just because they've stuck it out long enough.

  8. "Excellent work-life balance; low job stability."

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    Current Employee - Advisory IT Specialist in Lexington, KY
    Current Employee - Advisory IT Specialist in Lexington, KY

    Pros

    Excellent work-life balance; many employees are able to work from home.

    Cons

    Global resourcing is leading to feelings of low job security for US employees.

    Advice to Management

    The trend toward global resourcing, combined with the lack of pay increases for most IGS employees this year, is beginning to cause valuable US employees to feel that their value to the company is not being recognized and that their jobs may not be secure. Recently, some of the best employees in my area have left IGS for positions that have greater potential for growth and recognition.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "It's not your father's IBM"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Lexington, KY
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Lexington, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent and comprehensive set of benefits. Ability to interact and network with bright people. A robust infrastructure for access to employee benefit and technical information.

    Cons

    Annual resource actions by stealth that lop off 10% - even solid and above average performers - is demoralizing. Minuscule or no salary increases. Far too much political correctness required for advancement. I have over 20 years with IBM and moral is the lowest I have ever seen it. People are in fear of keeping their job and therefore reluctant to stretch into a new assignments for fear of being the low person on the totem pole when the next RA hits.

    Advice to Management

    Need to be more open and candid about changes in the business, including resource actions.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Work-life balance can't be beat, but don't expect to be working on "cool" projects."

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Lexington, KY
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Lexington, KY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Stability, work-life balance, prestige, breadth of opportunities. IBM is a well-respected company and offers excellent understanding and support of a healthy work-life balance. Working from home is rarely a problem and is popular among myself and my coworkers. As long as the work gets done, management seems to care little whether you are in the office or working from home.

    Cons

    Easy to get pigeon-holed and thus dissatisfied with job and unable to move on to something else. Incompetence and seeming obliviousness of upper management. "Cutting edge" Web-2.0ish projects are few and far between and are generally lacking in features and sophistication.

    Advice to Management

    Take more input from engineers. Make more of an effort to appeal to consumers and small businesses. Catch up with the times. I will say, however, that things seem to be improving.


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