Consulting Method Architect and Process Engineer (Former Employee) – Silicon Valley, CA – 17 June 2012
Overall OK place to work BUT: - No clear relationship between what you do and the bottom line - Reactive management practices including laying off employees (esp. in geographical areas where they are expensive, i.e. the US) whenever the economy in salary is likely to offset the resulting loss in business or productivity - Possibly using the constant threat of lay-off to create internal competition among employees by scaring them into working harder
BOTTOM LINE: As an IBM employee your highest priority is not to do your job or help the corporation, but constantly manage your career and image by maximizing your visibility, the opinion management has of you, as well as your general popularity. In other words, the key to success is being a much better politician than everyone else, while professional skills are secondary.
Clever politicking will keep you off lay-off lists (that are created twice a year during so-called "ranking sessions") and may qualify you for the elusive promotion or 20+% performance bonus (let's face it, the ordinary 3 to 5% is a tip, not a bonus)