In Software Sales and in other business segments, the company is dedicated to a "high performance culture" and one must work hard and be willing to do a appropriate amount of self-promotion to be competitive for bonuses, awards and promotional opportunities. Newsflash for millenials - you will not become an executive in 2 to 5 years!
Company lacks strong leaders and those that are in power are in the 'boys club' particularly in marketing.
There are some who are tagged as "high potential" and usually those are women and/or diversity employees. It seems many of these are given opportunities because of this tagging, and, once tagged, there's no process to un-tag them, even if they don't live up to that "high potential". On the one hand, it's great for women and diversity candidates, on the other hand, we may be ignoring other parts of the population.
Company has a good % of women working here. Company purports focus on flex schedule and work/life balance. However what they don't say is 'balance' means 75% work, 25% life. Culture is not good, poor morale, no raises/bonuses beyond bare minimum. Broken performance review system that forces high performers into poor ratings to meet skew.
There are many women in higher executive roles. In 7 years I have never witnessed women being held back. The maternity leave isnt great but not many US employers are as the US lacks in general with maternity leave and vacation time - other countries are much more generous BUT they probably pay a lot more in taxes too! Working from home is the biggest plus and MANY roles are working from home so the opportunity is much greater as well no matter where you live!
The best thing about this company is the ability to work from home if that interests you. IBM provides the flexibility to go run an errand and make up the time later. That said, working at home results in most people I know working more hours than 40/week.
Men and women are treated equally, although executive positions are mostly occupied by men (as is common in other companies as well). I know of 1 woman who was given a low performance rating after taking maternity leave. Work-life balance is good, but it really depends on your manager. I don't have much confidence in the leadership at IBM and I don't think IBM values their employees. For that reason, I don't recommend IBM to other women.
I've worked here for 4 years and started directly out of college. The onboarding class was an equal split of men and women, but as I was deployed on projects, the dominant demographics became clear. There were women right out of college, a few single and very driven middle aged women, and a handful of high ranking partners closer to retirement; the majority of the workforce was comprised of men. Without the unlikely event that a remote or local opportunity arises, employees are faced with the decision to continue traveling and sacrifice family life or leave the company. So, women: This essentially means no children while consulting - while this is generally understood, there could be a better effort to allow employees (not just women) an opportunity to work closer to home at different times in their life. The current structure says 'You're a billable role', not 'You're a valued employee, let us work together'.
I've worked here for more than 2 years and there are a lot of women working here, but predominantly in support roles. Actually it would take quite long for one to see the big picture because each employee has limited work scope. Generally I believe male and female employees are treated fairly. It is a good company for females who may want to pay more attention to their families because home-office is allowed.
Very little work / life balance - you are expected to work long hours and put your job before all else to stay employed.
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