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Do not work there more then a few years, any longer will hurt your career.

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Former Employee - IT Analyst  in  Edmonton, AB (Canada)
Former Employee - IT Analyst in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

I worked at IBM full-time for more than 10 years

Pros

work at home option, though that could be seen as a negative as could be working all hours of day and weekends

Cons

The pay was below market value, and either no raise, or 1 percent, well below inflation and cost of living. Bonus program not meaningful as well, so no incentive to exceed, as no reward in the end.

Moral is terrible, the people are good, just don't care as the life has been taken out of them. Company does not seem willing to try to increase it either, even the smallest things might help, but management would never get it approved if they wanted.

To difficult to focus on work, as company throws to many road blocks at employees, smallest change requires a lot of paperwork and process to get through.

To many new processes coming in, which are not properly implemented and poor tools. Process owners do not even understand the processes they are implementing.

Would not recommend to a person who wants a long term career with IBM, a few years is more then enough. Get some experience working on some projects or enterprise software and systems, and then move on. Anymore and you will be doing your career a disservice as no way to advance or even make enough to support your family over the long run.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Care about your employees, I went to a new place, that cares, and makes the world of difference. Work way harder then I have in the last 5 or 6 years at IBM and I love it. Small things make the difference. Also reexamine your Pay, as it is woefully low for technical people, and when the economy turns around, IBM might no longer be able to attract local people, as they struggle right now. Can't do everything from India.

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    Current Employee - Tape Drive Test Engineer  in  San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Tape Drive Test Engineer in San Jose, CA (US)

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Management is flexible with time off. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    No growth in the US, meaning no promotions and in a lot of cases no raises either. Pay is 1/3 less than rest of industry for similar position and years of experience. Management does not recognize or appreciate good work. Management bends over backwards for working mothers or anybody with young children.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being stingy with the 2+ ratings. You need to start promoting people and at least make an attempt to keep top talent.

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    Former Employee - Sector Account Manager  in  Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Former Employee - Sector Account Manager in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    great products and great people

    Cons

    Management is focussing on "earnings per share"; no a longterm strategy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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