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Good Place to grow technically

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Current Employee - Software Engineer in Melbourne (Australia)
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Melbourne (Australia)

I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

Plenty of learning opportunites.
Good technical programs for employees (redbooks, certifications)
Technical career path.

Cons

Low salary.
Low salary increase curve.
Too many levels of management and approvals.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Consulting practice at GBS is a terrible place to be if you are an experienced hire

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    Former Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Good connections/exposure at the C level in large corporations
    Opportunity for travel based on available assignments

    Cons

    There is tremendous pressure on sales team to meet quotas - so consulting engagements are always over sold and over promised.
    Once the contract is signed the sales team moves on to sell the next engagement. The sales teams incentives seem to be based on sales numbers and not on project delivery or profitablity. The delivery team instead is measured on client satisfaction and profitability, making it very challenging in all oversold assignments.
    This over promising of assignments together with a team that is mostly average or mediocre performers puts a lot of pressure on experienced hires to deliver - thus most client engagements end up being 60 to 80 hours a week including weekend work to meet the client expectations.
    The available technical talent at GBS is made up of a limited number of star performers and a large majority of average or mediocre performers. Most GBS projects have an abundance of contract employees from other staff augmentation firms. There is no control on the quality or delivery of these contract consultants. GBS Partners are ok with this arrangement as long as there is a mark up that is being made from the contract employees.
    A very small percentage of star performers stay back to attempt at promotions, a large majority just move on after getting burnt out in a couple of years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tie GBS sales bonuses with delivery and profitability measurements.
    Stop being bureacratic in all your processes. Even the process of promotions is enough to turn off the most committed employee.
    Understand what work and life balance really means and make sure the partners know how to apply this across all employees in the field.

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

    Stodgy, bureaucratic, and full of infighting

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    Former Employee - Research Staff Member in Yorktown Heights, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Research Staff Member in Yorktown Heights, NY (US)

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    They're not going to go out of business any time soon. There are some very very smart people there, and they might talk to you once in a while. They have nice buildings, but you won't get to work in one.

    Cons

    They are frickketty *HUGE*. Your project will get lost in the shuffle. The divisions of the company are perpetually in conflict. Your project will get cancelled when executives change, which happens every year or so. They have more bureaucracy and internal processes than the federal government. IBMers often spend years in miserable corners of the company. Pretty much *everyone* there is miserable much of the time though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most of you (management) should cease to be management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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