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  • Bad work life balance in the company (in 983 reviews)

  • In this competitive atmosphere, you must often work long hours (in 465 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Providence, RI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the smartest people to work side by side with!

    Cons

    Human Resources very much out of touch with Employee needs, good news is you don't interact with them much. But almost every interaction with HR inflicts pain! Sadly, most large company cultures these days are like this.

    Advice to Management

    If you need to reduce head count stop playing games and just do what needs doing.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "IBM Tough Times"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Providence, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary and benefits
    Good healthcare and low deductables

    Cons

    No value for the individual
    You are a number and there is always someone willing to work for less

  3. "Doesn't care about the person no matter how much they say they do"

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Providence, RI
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Most of the people are awesome - great attitude and teamwork abounds but teams get bogged down from lack of senior management direction. Only a few VPs+ are inspirational, most are just blowing air and buzz words.

    Cons

    Although they say that there is plenty of opportunity to transfer it is limited to your location, especially development teams. Definitely block you when you are on the radar for a resource action and will set up layoff to the great advantage of IBM, even making it 2 days short of a month end just to save on vacation day accumulation for the laid off employees.

    Advice to Management

    Stop with the reorgs just to satisfy the executive level - and realize that some remote workers are productive and just cut all the dead wood instead of everybody - no more path of least resistance


  4. Helpful (1)

    "I've Been Moved"

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    Current Employee - Portfolio Marketing Manager in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Portfolio Marketing Manager in Providence, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM has many good, smart people and they pay fairly well. Great technology to work with.

    Cons

    I have been with IBM 3 years in three different organizations. The various organizations and layers of people along with the number of people that touch each area or have some responsibility is confusing at best and a complete mess at its worst. The recent co-loaction efforts espoused by executive management has hurt morale. The way in which it was done was a clear effort to reduce headcount more than achieve better productivity by people being in close proximity.


  5. "The good , the bad and the ugly!"

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    Former Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Providence, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay, flexible work schedule, access to brilliant minds! Had the privilege of working with some great individuals.

    Cons

    Pitting team against team, performance measurement tools did not give managers enough leeway.... Line managers really had very little say in employee reviews and compensation - ..Teamwork was promoted, however not supported . Cost reduction trumped quality every time! Focus was way too much on short term rather than long term goals.

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing 'the game' and take a stand and make what was a terrific company terrific again! Hire North American work force rather than off shoring.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "IBM: a fair shake in corporate America."

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    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Providence, RI
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    For a megacorporation, IBM is rather humane. There's a strong sense of tradition here and respect for people who have grown up in this company. That said, it's also a place that embraces change and behaves less paternally than it used to. The best reason to work here: fairness. Do your job, do it well, you will be rewarded.

    Cons

    Due to its enormous size, changes and decisions take an enormously long time. Internal politics are also deeply entrenched here.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a strategy and stick with it. Give the company a chance to respond to a direction.


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