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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. 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
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    The worst company I have ever worked for - Sweatshop

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - IT Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - a good name to have on the CV
    - a good place to network and meet new people - and then leave like everyone else does

    Cons

    - Resourcing managers make your life hell when you are on the bench and try to push you on whatever project suits them without asking your opinion or considering your personal circumstances
    - arrogant (micro-)managers with big egos who are full of themselves and expect to be sucked up to
    - no work-life balance; you are expected to put your life on hold
    - number of hours you spend at work matters (face time culture), not the results
    - regardless of what they tell you IBM DOES NOT CARE ABOUT ITS EMPLOYEES
    - rigid and hierarchical organisation
    - they only win projects because of their brand and size, but customers are rarely satisfied due to poorly delivered work by offshore resources
    - bad reputation as an IT software implementation partner

    If you are a senior consultant IBM UK Global Business Services is not a good place to work. Don't waste your time, go somewhere else!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your people better and be less arrogant. You think that you are something special as you work for IBM but you are not.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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