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Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Dubuque, IA (US)
Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Dubuque, IA (US)

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

Pros

Great management and co-workers, come and go whenever for short breaks, no punch out time cards, hard work and long hours do pay off with recognition, free coffee all day, nice office with great views of Mississippi River, privacy rooms available for small meetings, nice conference rooms for team meetings, great desk set-up, intense but well-worth classes which offer free vouchers to obtain licenses upon completion.

Cons

Managers do change often but not really a con- this is a way to experience a 'fresh' outlook on team building which I suspect is why management does frequently change. If you are not one for adjustments or changes, this type of work force is not for you.

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    Greatly disappointing.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at IBM (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most departments discourage employees from working over time.

    Cons

    The A/NZ sales and marketing community is sadly filled with dirty politics. Highly questionable behaviours abound that challenge even the company's own Business Conduct Guidelines. Sales directors openly have favourites, have pets, and support the agenda of these favourite few, and care very little about the rest and care very little about quiet achievers. Sadly top achievers have gone to competitors. It's all about appearance, the loudest, the good looking, and the most outgoing over competency.

    Employees and 1st line management are heavily micro-managed. Make no mistake, the sincere and hard working will not be promoted or awarded. The manipulative, the cunning, the politically savvy, and the highly aggressive fight for the opportunities and promotions. Be warned, your Manager will tell you roles are too high a Band, and refrain from recognising talent and skill in order that they may not need to justify salary increase, band increase, and keep you as resource for his or her own team's needs.

    Directors and Business Unit Executives tend exhibit Corporate Psychopath like behaviour.
    First line Managers are mostly terrible.

    Promotions are based on tenure rather than competency - hence the high attrition rate of young employees in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Totalitarian leadership and playing favourites gets you a bad reputation, many of you already do, and it incites corruption among those reporting to you. Learn true Leadership of the people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very difficult to progress

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Plenty of job opportunites to avail of within the company. Not necessary to constantly stick to the same role.

    Cons

    Very difficult to progress upwards. If you're working in an area that isn't recognised then you won't be recognised. It seems the only solution is to find somewhere else to work.

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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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