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Good Place to grow technically

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Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Melbourne
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Melbourne

I have been working at IBM full-time for 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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Greatly disappointing.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sydney
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney

    I worked at IBM for 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. 6 people found this helpful  

    HR will never help a staff member. IBM will work you into the ground and then make you redundant

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager  in  Sydney
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Sydney

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Pay is around average but given the downturn expect IBM to use that to reduce wages for new hires.

    If you are able to get into a role where you can spend time building networks and gaining new skills you can move into other areas of the business

    Cons

    Very cost motivated which takes away from innovation, staff development and and a caring attitude to workers and customers.

    HR are quoted as telling new people managers that "it is now them and us"

    IBM discriminates against white heterosexual males in obtaining parental leave.

    IBM EXPECTS people to work 60+ hours per week and once they have a nervous breakdown they won't provide support or compensation, instead they work towards ways to either get the person to resign or make them redundant.

    IBM wont pay for tea, coffee, milk, sugar or provide cups to staff

    IBM removes benefits of employment without reference to staff and when HR are asked about it they want the staff member to prove that they ever had such a benefit.

    I have seen IBM inappropriately charge clients for software licences that the client should not be fully responsible for. When the fraud was reported on two occasions I was told to forget about it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - to HR - the H stands for Human.... don't forget it
    - to operational managers, you should remember that you can be held legally liable for increasing stress and overwork....suggest you make yourselves familiar with the WHS Act 2011
    - to execs stop delivering the good news and then getting your managers to hit the staff with bad news the next day.
    - to all execs and managers. Look after your clients first and your staff equally as important. When you make a client happy you get increased revenue and loyalty.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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