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Great place to work!

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at IBM (more than 5 years)

Pros

State of the art technology and co-workers were very friendly and helpful.
Enjoyed the company charity events.
Well known and respected company.

Cons

Long commute.
Life/work not all that bad but could be better.
Some office politics. Just lookout for yourself.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Keep up the good work!

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Generally poor company to work for - many more cons than listed

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    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    Work from home, IBMr's seem professional and knowledgable.

    Cons

    Poor management structure - matrix no one can figure out who actually is accountable or in charge. Incredibly pitiful (complex, difficult to use, myriad of security and login features, etc. etc) internal business and HR types processes, procedures for employee everyday use. Unbelieveably poor support for employees on their computers and software. My boss was without his computer for about 3 weeks - the employees computer is required for access to everything they need for our work. I personally lost my Lotus Notes (required e-mail system) for 5 business days with no way to get to it accept drive to an office and login on a walk-up station. Lotus Notes owned by IBM is a far weaker e-mail system than MS Outlook. Lotus Notes and all other internal software and systems are very cumbersome and not user friendly.

    IBM has recently made many moves to cut costs at the employees expense and loss of productivity. It is truely a self service organization. There is constant pressure to improve your utilization (a term used for maximizing billable hours). Managment pressures many ways to not take your vacation, holidays, etc to improve your utilization - its part of the culture.

    IBM in the last month announced they are going to withhold 401k contributions to the end of the year (netting IBM a very large $10's of millions in time value of money/interest) and not funding those that aren't still with IBM by Dec 15th of any given year. A quick analysis of this - nets IBM $84 Million annually +/- 50%.

    IBM is willing to try to market themselves in many areas they really have limited or no knowledge or expertise in (many areas of the "Smarter Planet"). Personally witnessed this from involvement in many marketing efforts. IBM uses high dollar marketing executives who are very capable but limited knowledge of the basics in the markets they are persuing.

    IBM's acquisition process can in many instances slash/trash and burn acquired companies. The company I worked for was purchased and has in a few years been basically put out of business - former company employees laid off, attrition seeing the handwritting on the wall with very few survivors.

    Enough said.....

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    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read the Cons and do something about these practices before IBM declines.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Revolving Door

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

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

    Pros

    Got amazing learning experience out of it and is great on resume. People worked with were great and keep in touch still.

    Cons

    IBM is a cost recovery business where utlization is their number one focus. Management did not care that the staff were putting in long hours and there is not a work life balance. Expect resource crunches and can pic up other people's work then not compensated. One will put in long hours with unrealistic expectations. There are high demands and no management support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to realize their is a big retention issue and needs to improve on retaining staff. When it is a revolving door with more going out then in that is not a good sign. It is unfortunate when you resign that offered more money and promotion which is an insult.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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