Challenging high performance environment but the threat of layoff has one always looking over one's shoulder.
Business Operations Architect & Billing SME (Former Employee) – Poughkeepsie, NY – October 21, 2016
IBM is filled with extremely competent, talented professionals which makes for a stimulating and challenging work environment.
The hours are long. Raises are very small and promotions are far and few between. The flexibility of working from home is WONDERFUL and makes it a lot easier to balance work and life. However, the company is always looking to cut costs - quarter after quarter after quarter, forever on end. Labor resources (employees) are the biggest cost. IBM is constantly rebalancing the workforce, especially in the US, and offshoring work which translates into resource actions (permanent layoffs). In the US, it can be difficult transferring from one IBM division to another. For example, the IBM Systems division does not allow transfers from other divisions- except in very specific cases which must be approved at a division VP level.
In 2016, IBM US will provide laid off employees with only 1 month of severance - no matter the years of service.
LONG hours, threat of layoffs every quarter!