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4 people found this helpful  

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 (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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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    One of the worst jobs I've had

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    1) IBM has name recognition
    2) IBM has a long history

    Cons

    Too many cons.
    1) Dog eat dog environment. No team work or comradery. Everyone is out for themselves only
    2) Given accounts that have had little to any software sales in the past 5 years! Quota of $1750K and the history of the sales in these accounts for the past 5 years was under a million dollars!
    3) Mgmt will never, ever support you. Dog eat dog.
    4) the processes they have in place are so mind numbing, frustrating. Laptop problems arise on a weekly basis. Have to send it in to someplace across the country to have it fixed! Frustrating and not productive
    5) First line managers are basically baby sitters. Have zero power and are hired to be micro managers. They are on top of you every second.
    6) No work/life balance. They expect you to work 12+ hours a day. They monitor you on SameTime.

    THE WORST ENVIRONMENT TO WORK IN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    GET OVER YOURSELF! Your are old school.

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

    A company of companies

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer (Band 6) in Campinas, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer (Band 6) in Campinas, São Paulo (Brazil)

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

    Pros

    A lot of brands, units, and an infinite amount of projects with great flexibility to move among them. This enables employees to change roles and move into new projects. Sometimes this even happens when the employee has no previous knowledge or experience on the new area.
    Stable company, very focused on earnings and always with a vision for more growth.

    Cons

    We all work for the company stockholders. This seems much more like a financial company than anything else (service, it, etc): everything is calculated and there is always a cost/risk pair to it.
    Companies nowadays call their employees "resources", IBM calls them "cost".
    Too deep hierarchy. It's hard to know what is going on up there.
    Managers are moved from projects/areas/units/brands every 2 years, so you get a new manager who might or might not know about your project and how your team works... this is usually really bad. As always, there are some exceptions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know your team and also learn about Critical Chain.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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