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Updated July 14, 2017
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  • You have to manage your work life balance or you'll end up doing the work of 2 or more people (in 925 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Global Sourcing Strategist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Global Sourcing Specialist in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Global Sourcing Specialist in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Strong Sourcing Organization, experienced management

    Cons

    Consolidating from remote employment to a limited number of solution centers. Work/Life Balance trending downward.

    Advice to Management

    Do better job of rewarding outcomes.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Used to be a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Consultant in Portland, OR
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team members are it's greatest asset.

    Cons

    - Going thru a difficult transition trying to reinvent itself.
    - IBM has stealth layoffs down to a science. They do it a in way they never have to publicly report what they are doing. Never, never assume you are safe, no matter how good you are and what you are rated. I have seen large numbers of amazing people laid off (with one month's severance no matter how many years they had with the company)

  3. "Systems Engineer"

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    Former Contractor - Senior Systems Administrator in Portland, OR
    Former Contractor - Senior Systems Administrator in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good company, with hands off approach in my case

    Cons

    Would have enjoyed a longer contract.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "IBM"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work from home - flexibility

    Cons

    So many have been laid off in the US, everyone wears multiple hats. Always looking over your shoulder for the next round. Reduction in employee benefits.

    Advice to Management

    If you think moving jobs overseas is going to save you money - think again. In the short term it will, but in time wages go up everywhere because people "want."


  5. "Great People , Intitutionally struggling as it changes"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very Collaborative environment, teaming is great once your understand how people are incented, 1st and 2nd line managers are tremendous. The importance of focusing on the client is refreshing.

    Cons

    Financial Goals and execution through RIFs is a very blunt tool. Upper Mgt has no effective way to involve 1st and 2nd line manager in the process of choosing who adds value and who does not add value to its customers.

    Advice to Management

    Involve your 1st and 2nd line managers in the RIF process let them choose , to make the best choice for the company and long term relationships with the customers


  6. "RPO Staffing Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Senior Staffing Consultant in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Staffing Consultant in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great variety of clients to work for
    Experience in all aspects of recruiting, options for full desk clients to admin only clients
    WFH options

    Cons

    Comp is not in line with others in the market or even in line with others in the company
    no cost of living adjustments
    no growth opportunity
    Untrained recruiters getting hired for Senior recruiter roles
    Management does not do a good job on growth planning
    Used to be Kenexa, when IBM took over, we were and are looked at as red headed stepchildren. Don't really apart of IBM culture.
    Once you go RPO forget about working for any corp recruitment companya fterwards. RPO is a growth killer

    Advice to Management

    To managers in the RPO space....take an active lead in advancing your employees and have more than once a year discussions with them. Make them feel like they have a chance to grow. Give them chances to grow. Senior Leaders need to take a deeper dive into the salary scales for recruiters IN A WHOLE, not per account. Several employees who were loyal to Kenexa got jacked on salary when IBM took over. Many people jumped ship then came back after it was IBM and were started in a higher salary bracket then those of us who chose not to jump ship.

    Realize that recruiter 2's need a better vetting process when they move over. They need to be able to source in all aspects. Just because we are RPO does not mean we can't function like Agency recruiters who can find the purple squirrel. There are some R2's that don't even know how to use Indeed and that says a lot for the training of the company.


  7. "IBM - Big and wide ranging opportunities, high expectations"

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    Current Employee - IT Data Analyst/Developer in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - IT Data Analyst/Developer in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pros are that:
    * IBM is really big and worldwide, with people doing almost ever imaginable job in IT
    * IBM is generally on the cutting edge of technology, and must stay that way to survive
    * IBM has a ton of educational opportunities to help it's people move into new areas, and
    * IBM pays pretty well

    Cons

    Cons are that:
    * Overtime, including weekends, is often expected and sometimes demanded, and that does not leave much time to live
    * Travel to a job site, sometimes takes over 10 hours by plane, and can occur like that every week, which cuts into the time to live some more
    * There are so many offshore personnel, and H1 visas, that work for less, that that is somewhat limiting in terms of competition and opportunities, but this is the way of the world now

    Advice to Management

    Stay on top of the IT evolutionary curve, but give greater consideration to quality of life. Where possible push for more work to be done remotely. True professionals will work just as hard, and probably longer hours.

  8. "Scrum Master"

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    Current Employee - Scrum Master in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Scrum Master in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Work from home is a major benefit.

    Cons

    Advancement can be hard to obtain.

    Advice to Management

    Lots of schooling


  9. "Senior Accountant"

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    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility with schedules and I enjoy the challenge that my position brings.

    Cons

    It can be quite stressful at times.


  10. "Human Centered Design at IBM"

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    Current Employee - Human Factors Engineer in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Human Factors Engineer in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are a lot of great reasons to like my team and position: I work 100% remotely and get to partner with people all over the world; my schedule is usually pretty flexible; I get to work on a variety of interesting projects; and I work with really smart and creative people and have learned a lot from them.

    Cons

    Working 100% remotely can be a bit isolating, but the pros far outweigh the cons of this. Many positions are contract so if you're not comfortable with that, might be hard to get on with the company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work recruiting talented people! Might be a good idea to convert more of them to permanent positions so you don't lose them.


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