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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 (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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    Greatly disappointing.

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

    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.  

    Top-heavy bureaucracy, often highly frustrating

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    Current Employee - Managing Consultant
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Great work/life balance
    Pretty much allowed to be yourself - good autonomy
    Reasonably varied work (sometimes)
    Can be interesting if all your ducks fall into line and you have a good team working on a good project

    Cons

    Huge administrative overhead
    Lots of incompetent people
    Perverse incentives created by poorly thought out performance metrics
    Feel like an employee ID number, not like a person
    Too much bidding for work that we want to win, not that we can do

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Looking up there is little to inspire me

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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