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  • At times difficult work life balance (in 983 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Managing Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good flexibility, work at home

    Cons

    Difficult to advance, company not growing in past few years

    Advice to Management

    Hire more relatively young employees so that those with medium experience levels get opportunities to manage, instead of remaining individual contributors.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "OK"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Mateo, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Overall OK. Innovative products. Great people

    Cons

    Normal bureaucracy of big company

    Advice to Management

    Would suggest to management that they change their mentality to become more like a start up company. Probably break groups in smaller groups.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Play a good political game and you might keep your job"

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    Former Employee - Global Program Manager in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Global Program Manager in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits
    Employer name recognition
    Good collaboration tools allowing many employees to work from home
    Working with global teams

    Cons

    Lack of opportunities to move to another role
    Limited promotion opportunities
    Many jobs moved to India from U.S.
    No respect for personal life

    Advice to Management

    Moving jobs from the U.S. to offshore has cost IBM some very good employees. The investment in their knowledge and expertise will never be realized by IBM but competitors will certainly benefit.


  4. Helpful (10)

    "IBM sucks. Look at the top 100 IT companies list instead for future IT employers."

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    Current Employee - Technical Consultant in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Consultant in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Big company, slow work environment, casual and laidback. Decent compensation, and they generally have good benefits. You can access education, if you need to, and they might support your career development if you're one of the favored employees.

    Cons

    Lots. The company is squeezing the lifeforce out of their US employees by outsourcing whatever they can overseas. Some organizations in IBM still maintain decent work life balance, and it also depends on your role within the company, but that balance is going away with added pressure to be more productive with less headcount. Before my time there was over, I was working 60-80 hrs. a week. The management in my department was clueless and had no idea how to load balance the workload or skill sets. They just absolutely SUCKED! And most of the senior engineers there just sucked. They couldn't figure out how to fix a bug if it costed them their lives. It made the workload even more unbearable since you had to make up for the slack in skills. Also, IBM's upper management has been cutting their U.S. expenses to the bone. There is never any money to do anything there. This has been going on since 2000, and I suspect it will get worse with time. With less money, expect less employees and more work.

    Advice to Management

    You shouldn't be a slave to your public shareholders. There are decent ways to be employee friendly and retain decent business economics. At some point, you will not be able to grow your 100+ billion in revenues drastically more. It becomes a logistical mathematics problem. It will be like squeezing blood out of a stone. You company is done. It is no wonder how IBM didn't make the top 100 IT companies to work for.

    Also, do everyone a favor and understand the technology and industry you guys are supposedly supporting. That might give you guys an edge and manage your resources better in anticipation of changes in the industry.


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