Yet Another Pendulum Swing
Operations Manager (last position) (Former Employee) – Armonk, NY – June 20, 2017
I have 30+ years at IBM, and the company has been a great place to work. I am a second-generation IBMer. I've had the opportunity to learn a variety of skills and work for and with some great people. However, I have few regrets about leaving the company at this time. The push for 'co-location' (IBM-speak for going back to work in an office) is a great example of how, from time to time, we swing the pendulum too far to one side, in an attempt to accomplish a poorly-communicated and poorly-implemented goal. In this case, it is supposedly greater collaboration within teams. However, in my last job, the team I supported was located throughout the world - and we were not all going to be in the same location anyway, so what is the point? Many people believe this is a poorly-disguised attempt to reduce headcount in the US yet again, without having to call it a lay-off or make (minimal) severance payments.
So the lesson here is - go work at IBM to learn and work with some of the best people in the industry, but be prepared to jump when something better comes along, as it inevitably will. The grass will probably be greener.
Size allows internal mobility and learnbing new skills, cutting-edge technology, good lower-level management.
Poor communication from the top executives, too many layers of management, still too bureaucratic, 'one size fits all' approach to solving perceived problems.