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Updated February 13, 2018
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  1. "Senior Manager Product Marketing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Company has an amazing portfolio and talented engineers. The company is rapidly simplifying its internal processes, roadmap and leadership. They definitely have the lead in AI, Hybrid & Blockchain. Co-location was a good thing for culture and speed. Work life balance is good, and people are very respectful compared to most tech companies in the Bay Area. I think they're on the right path to turning the company around quickly!

    Cons

    None that I've noticed so far.

    Advice to Management

    As the company is changing quickly, Ginni should have a comms. person continuously communicating internally with a clear vision and results. Simplify day to day work and internal systems and tools. Break down silos. Make things simpler. Reduce the number of things IBM employeees need to do vs. add.


  2. "Large and In Charge"

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    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic network of some of the smartest people in the world

    Cons

    Lengthy processes to change house-keeping details (personal details, access to programs, etc.)

  3. "Marketing Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ability to work from home
    Work Life Balance
    Plenty of career opportunities to do many different things

    Cons

    spend a lot of time in phone meetings
    sometime you feel invisible as the organization is too big and you dont always know what the upper management is thinking.


  4. "Great"

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    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than a year)

    Pros

    Cloud is growing with diverse applications

    Cons

    Privacy risks, saturation of market

    Advice to Management

    Keep calm and carry on


  5. "Executive"

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    Current Employee - Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great collegues & high integrity culture,

    Cons

    Becoming agile, and investing more in services talent and visionaries

    Advice to Management

    Dig deeper into issues and talk to the people on the ground and in trenches, and hire visionaries who have executed plans vs corporate managers.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Tug and pull of Flexibility and Processes/bureaucracy"

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    Current Employee - Offering Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Offering Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Freedom to explore and work on what you want (though this obviously varies per manager)

    Cons

    Internal politics, processes, paperwork, processes, and difficulty finding the right resources/info

    Advice to Management

    Create cohesive goals that are tracked, data oriented, and realistic. Incentivize leaders to not fight each other but work together cross-functionally.


  7. "Technical Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Technical in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Technical in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to move to various businesses. Name recognition.

    Cons

    Poor retention rate since IBM's revenue has dropped while the Dow increases every year. No severance for employees on incentive programs. Continually laying off workers over 55.

    Advice to Management

    Loyal employees are your greatest asset. Treat them accordingly, not as disposable assets.

  8. "Ok"

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    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good exposure and lots of opportunities
    Lots of learning
    Salary near to market standard
    Global presence, ease of movements
    Market leader and great value

    Cons

    You are of your own. Nothing will happen unless you push it
    Promotion rate very low. For better raise better to switch rather then stay


  9. "Too much internal focus - need customer first!"

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many resources, deep technical product knowledge(if you can find the correct resource) and dedication to employee growth

    Cons

    Too much transition of account ownership, management, team structure and compensation. Teaching the customer to not engage with IBM reps given constant turnover of account and product ownership.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a strategy and stay the course.


  10. "Review"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for years ago. Has changed a lot

    Cons

    offshore hiring for onshore jobs

    Advice to Management

    make america great


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