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IBM Program Director Reviews

Updated September 23, 2018
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  • "At times difficult work life balance" (in 1059 reviews)

  • "Low salary increments since last 2 years" (in 500 reviews)

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  1. "Great people to work with"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Director in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Program Director in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Wide variety of opportunities
    - Mentoring programs
    - Caring People
    - Work flexibility - work from home etc

    Cons

    - Too big
    - Pay package is kind of middle of the road
    - Some business units always fear layoff
    - Disconnect between leadership and employee some times

    Advice to Management

    - Improve pay
    - Improve culture by being more transparent
    - Recognize teams and not individuals


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Slightly above average"

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    Current Employee - Program Director in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Current Employee - Program Director in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities, if you're willing to look and relocate.

    Cons

    Terrible raises and bonuses, even for good employees. Declining benefits each year. Co-location was handled poorly. Near constant fear of layoffs is stifling.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better, they are not just numbers. Figure out what your true strategy going forward is, the last couple don't seem to be working out very well.

  3. "Solid company"

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    Current Employee - Program Director in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Program Director in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    skilled colleagues, mostly collaborative environment

    Cons

    financial pressures led to challenging environments and leadership


  4. "Opportunity abounds; Great culture for energized, inspired minds."

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    Current Employee - Program Director, Software Development in Littleton, MA
    Current Employee - Program Director, Software Development in Littleton, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong humanist values for a large corporate entity. No ceiling on ability to impact or effect change at any level. Great patent culture. Diverse teams/global collaboration. Vast library of development and learning programs/certifications.

    Cons

    Largeness (300k+) means it's really like working at a company made of many smaller companies - so your experience can vary a lot depending on where you are. Like everywhere else- your experience is hugely influenced by the style and skill of your manager. Also like everywhere else, there are a mix of of skilled and unskilled managers.

    Advice to Management

    Invest even more in first line managers. I don't think they're *neglected* really; but IBM could do so much more to train and grow managers, and to retain and reward strong managers.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Getting better but a tough ride"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Program Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Intellectually challenging environment
    High calibre (for the most part) people
    A new willingness to empower employees
    Decent pay and great benefits

    Cons

    Layoffs, Layoffs, Layoffs
    Too many changes/churn
    Unable to commit to a strategy
    Diffuse measurements

    Advice to Management

    Understand who your good people are vs. those that talk a good game but are essentially lightweights
    Value people who have been with the company 15-20 years
    Remove processes where it doesn't matter
    Stop focusing on short term financial goals
    Look to the top to understand where your problems are


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Program Director"

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    Former Employee - Program Director in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Program Director in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits were good.
    Work in some areas was interesting.

    Cons

    Leadership is only interested in their career, moving quickly before the glass breaks.
    I spend much of my management career trying to convince employees that taking away benefits was a good thing for them.
    No executive is held accountable, only lower level management and employees - just look at who getting laid off and how many VPs a small organization has.
    They have no clue on how to grow revenue.

    Advice to Management

    Take a long term view. There is no culture at IBM and it has become a job shop. Focus on the customer, the employee (you need them in order to focus on the customer), and eliminate most of the VPs who managed the lay-offs that preserved their positions at the expense of the people needed to service the customers. The focus on the shareholder has provided a slow death for a once great company. It may be too late to fix it without going the HP disintegration route.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Program Director"

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    Current Employee - Program Director in Somers, NY
    Current Employee - Program Director in Somers, NY

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

    Pros

    flexibililty, challenge, smart co-workers, most are honest, nice people

    Cons

    limited upside for compensation increases in current role

    Advice to Management

    continue to remove layers of management

    IBM Response

    Jun 19, 2017 – VP, Communications

    Thanks for the comment and the four stars. In fact, we are making good progress in simplifying the company, as you advise. We've eliminated about six layers of management in certain parts of our... More

  8. Helpful (1)

    "1,000 "Best of IBM" honorees celebrated in Hawaii"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Director in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Program Director in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM recognized 1,000 employees as "Best of IBM" based on nomination from their executive management in May, 2017 at the Fairmont Orchid on the Big Island, Hawaii. This was a HUGE recognition for me as a 19 year employee based on my 2016 performance. Embracing the strategic imperatives, gaining the requisite skills, and driving measurable performance around them is key to success in IBM.

    Cons

    Resistance to transform operational processes to embrace the Cloud and SaaS.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to recognize the best in the company. The return on this recognition is immeasurable.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great people but IBM is under significant Transition"

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    Current Employee - Program Director
    Current Employee - Program Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people with high degree of integrity

    Cons

    Uncertainty as IBM faces significant challenges in re-inventing itself to compete effectively

    Advice to Management

    Focus less on shareholders and more on customers and employees.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Program Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Director in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Program Director in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent colleagues, values that have stood the test of time, challenging work and broader opportunities across IBM

    Cons

    Their business model is going through transition so business environment is challenging. Fiscally conservative (its both pro and con)

    Advice to Management

    Enable management to hire external skills more freely