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Updated Sep 16, 2019

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IBM CEO Virginia Rometty
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "You're a consultant, but you don't make consultant salary."

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Baton Rouge, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    IBM is a great place to start a career in consulting, but most people leave after a year.

    Cons

    The center has a very high employee attrition rate and struggles with retaining top talent. Center employees are put under the same client pressures as their core counterparts, but make a fraction of their salary. Despite being a high performer and delivering value, you'll still feel micromanaged. You're only allowed 2 work from home days a month which is quite frustrating if you travel. If you probe enough,... you'll discover new hires are making more than seasoned employees at the center.

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    Advice to Management

    Refer to cons. Applicants also need to be vetted more as some resources provide no value during implementations and are not team players.

    IBM2019-03-09
  2. "Baton Rouge Leadership dont care about your career"

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    Former Employee - Client Services in Baton Rouge, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at IBM full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Working remote is great especially working from home. Many of the co-workers are great and fun to be around. Many of them are really smart which begs the question why are they still in the CIC. If you need an opportunity to get in the IT segment (especially college grads) and do not care about your pay or career growth, this is the place.

    Cons

    The pay is low and worse arethe people who have been there 3 to 5 years (that are absolute work horses and valuable to the CIC) and have gotten minimum raises. You learn in less than a month that IBM Baton Rouge is not the place to stay more than a year. Everyone seems to be placed outside of their discipline meaning Java doing SAP, SAP doing Microsoft, Microsoft doing Java, etc. Projects come open and you're... placed where ever your are needed not where you want to be. My manager never once sat down with me and discuss his expectations or mines. There is no real strategy for growth and any learning or training you have to learn and study on your own. No live instructors or bootcamps to get certified in different areas. They will pay for the cert test but you have to prepare on you own via online even if that means buying your own books. All in all the worst experience ever working for corporate America. The CIC is ONLY concerned with numbers: hiring 800 people like they promise the city of Baton Rouge; utilization of their employees which means you are actively engage on a project, doesn't matter what it is and those that are working are claiming enough project hours to cover those who are on the bench/not on a project (yeah think about that one); and REVENUE for the CIC! That is all the leadership is concerned with, not your development , growth or pay.

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    Advice to Management

    Management do surveys all the time to get the pulse as they say, but I assume no one is ever honest cause they don't want to lose their job. With that said, management needs to find a way to pay people what they are worth and absolutely have to engage with their subordinates better. Actually talk to the employees with real concern and find out how you can help each other in the CIC instead of it being a one way... street.

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    IBM2019-03-02
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Ok but could be better"

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    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Baton Rouge, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Opportunities to grow (only through self-paced learning)

    Cons

    Barely get a raise Put where there is an opening, not always your passion

    Advice to Management

    A manager on the 5th floor shows favoritism. If she like you or ok with you, then congrats. But if you are not in the top 10, then the manager will look at you, turn her nose up and keep walking like you are non-existent. Advice: treat everyone like you want to be treated. Don't act like you are better than others.

    IBM2019-01-25
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Disappointing place to work"

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    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Baton Rouge, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Made some good friends out of my coworkers. Pushed to learn new skills

    Cons

    IBM is honestly not a bad place to work, if you don't care about getting paid what you're worth. Which the pay is the MAIN reason we work. IBM treats the employees in the Application Developer role like a lowly peon that should just be used rather than compensated.

    Advice to Management

    Actually pay your employees more...

    IBM2019-01-11
  5. Helpful (1)

    "People great. Structure terrible"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Baton Rouge, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    On-site Management and coworkers are pretty great. Lots of good training.

    Cons

    On projects with off-site managers, those managers tend to assign blame, while assigning grueling hours. Sometimes, have to take unnecessary trainings because higher-ups decide everyone needs it.

    Advice to Management

    Stop assigning unnecessary trainings

    IBM2018-09-27
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Application Development Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Applications Development Specialist in Baton Rouge, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good Place to start. Difficult to grow if you are not in the right place. This is a massive company, so there are a lot of interesting opportunities. My direct managers were good people.

    Cons

    Low Pay in IBM GBS, especially for new graduates. Very difficult to move in between teams. Sometimes you will get stuck on boring projects that do nothing to enhance your skills.

    Advice to Management

    If you stick technical people into non-technical roles, they will immediately look for an exit plan. Don't string people along with promised projects and roles that never materialize.

    IBM2018-09-06
  7. Helpful (6)

    "IBM CIC (Baton Rouge)"

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    Applications Developer in Baton Rouge, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM for more than a year

    Pros

    Educational Resources (maybe) I am finally out!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Cons

    - Below the minimum industry compensation - Weak benefits - Long hours - 100% travel (Contract specifies only 50%) - Terrible management (care only about numbers and will tell you whatever you want to hear) Never share anything and never trust them. I've seen people get burned because they were naive and trustworthy - Baton Rouge, LA (No offence to this city, but NO thank you, never again. This city is the... kingdom of boredom and depression) I bet if the center was located in New Orleans it would have been less depressing. - Almost no chance to transfer (Beware, the unspoken policy to transfer is that you have to spend at least 2 years in CIC. Never specified in your contract. So was caught totally by surprise) - No career path. You will be hired as a developer and will perform analyst work instead or/and vice versa. The list of Cons can go on even further, but I just wanted to highlight the major issues with this specific location.

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    Advice to Management

    Like they would even consider it.

    IBM2018-09-10
  8. "IBM Baton Rouge"

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    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Baton Rouge, LA
    Recommends

    I worked at IBM full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Really great people, opportunity to grow

    Cons

    location is not too great, salary is pretty low

    IBM2018-05-15
  9. Helpful (3)

    "You can go anywhere with this company, except further in your career"

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    Current Employee - Package Solution Consultant in Baton Rouge, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There are projects and opportunities for work all over the world.

    Cons

    Leadership (from the top down to the lowest-level managers) only worries about chasing after every dollar they can squeeze out of clients. There is a lot of talk about being able to go anywhere with your career within the company, but that's only possible if your career lines up perfectly with the current strategic focus of the company, which keeps changing.

    IBM2018-05-11
  10. Helpful (5)

    "Good Entry Level, not Great for Long Term"

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    Current Employee - SAP Consultant in Baton Rouge, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good position for early career opportunities.

    Cons

    Not very well structured. Pay is low. Travel 100% even though it says 50%. Different mentality between CIC centers and regular IBM. IBM treats the CIC as "Near Shore" workers with the concept of bringing offshore work to the US. No defined career path for early professionals after a certain point. Managers make it hard to promote to band 7 while CBDers in the company automatically get promoted between the 1.5-2... year mark. Managers change every 6-10 months because they don't even live in Baton Rouge.

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    Advice to Management

    pay your employees what the market suggests... Provide same career path structure that you provide CBDers. Make relocation available after a certain time with the company.

    IBM2018-05-09
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