Big Blue launched a cognitive business solutions group in October to try to speed up the commercialization and money-making prospects around Watson, and put Pratt in charge of it. Four months later, he is gone.
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“We have no comment on personnel matters,” an IBM spokesman said.
IBM’s revenue has taken a hit as its corporate customers shift their buying habits toward software and services delivered through the Internet. The company has bet its future on new-breed offerings including the artificial-intelligence and analytics services sold by Mr. Pratt’s group.
However IBM might face the challenge to keep existing IBM Domino users as their future messaging customers and prevent them not moving to the “dark side” The roadmap presentations for messaging can be summarised in the following points:
However, now that customers have finished 9.0x migrations they are now waiting for a reliable roadmap for the IBM Notes Client otherwise they have to consider an alternative rich / fat client for messaging.
The alternative client is the shiny, visual feast known as Outlook 2010, 2013 or 2015. It does not matter whether you are working on premises or using Office365, you still need to install an Outlook Client on your local machine, terminal server etc.
Microsoft clearly shows that a fat client strategy can be very successful.
It seems that IBM is convinced that the future email client has to be a browser based experience! But only on a PC/MAC !
The employees work at a Hertz technology center in Oklahoma City, Okla. The facility has the company's highest concentration of IT workers in the U.S. They were told this week. ...
Asked if the total number of affected IT jobs will be larger, Masterson said: "We expect it to be larger than 230 for the U.S." ...
Tom Kennedy, Hertz CFO, told analysts in an earning call last year that "we have 1,500 people in the back office, which is quite double what it should be. Our call centers are probably double what they should be," according to the Seeking Alpha transcript. He said the firm's IT spend is over $400 million a year. ...
IBM India Private Limited, an IBM subsidiary, has filed paperwork for numerous H-1B workers for a property in Oklahoma City. The property, according to government records, belongs to Hertz Technologies Inc., a Hertz subsidiary. At least two dozen Labor Condition Applications for this address were found in a random check at MyVisaJobs.
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IBM Response Feb 15, 2016 – VP, Communications: Over the last year, we've done a great deal of work to simplify processes and streamlined how we work...so we are making progress. Thanks for sharing your views, especially the observations that we encourage our employees to focus on learning and building up new skills
Pros: I've been working as a software developer for two years full time in IBM, and left mostly due to the generally bad atmosphere following mass layoffs in 2014. It's been a big learning experience really, as you're surrounded by brilliant engineers, including lots of "old school" pioneers of the field. Great mix of generations makes a unique working environment, as opposed to many early-30s IT companies around, and that's definitely a big plus. IBM provides many personal benefits and learning opportunities, and you're (at least my team was) encouraged to apply for working on contracts all over Europe.
Cons: It's a huge corporation, with all benefits and downsides of such organisation. You're an asset, a number, and IBM keeps reminding you that. It's all about numbers, and the holy number is obviously a stock value. Oftentimes you'll spend more time fighting the inner bureaucracy of the company than actually being productive and focused on your task. It's worse than working for the government. IBM's way of "keeping score" on your productivity is messed up. Many higher-up developers/architects were branded as unproductive, due to their managers trying to comply with IBM's rules. Company in general is going through big changes, and it's not going well. People don't really believe in the work they do; just hoping that IBM is "too big to fail", and the smartest ones (and younger ones) are just leaving.
Advice to Management: Lay waste on middle management. Seriously, decimate those numbers. Too many paper pushers, and spreadsheet fillers are a big weight on the company.
Pros: Not a lot of pressure on the tech side, since it is mostly about management shuffling paperwork and trying to up sell the client. Pay is pretty good if you have a skillset they need.
Cons: IBM is way behind the curve. At a time when most IT companies recognize the value of American workers, IBM is stuck in the '90's, still trying to outsource everything to India, reduce all investment in their accounts, and increase fast cash for the share holders.
If you are into legal or sales, I am sure IBM is a great fit since their main product is iron clad contracts so their clients can't escape once Sales gets them on the hook.
IBM does not really contribute to the American economy. IBM business model is dismantling American/European IT and replacing it with a cheaper Indian help desk version. The clients suffer the most. And no, you are not allowed to try to help the client. Not until management convinces them to pay extra.
Advice to Management: IBM management knows the deal. Management is really the only thing to do inside IBM, since they constantly need new managers to help take apart and do away with IT departments, and to face their disillusioned customers, try to convince them that this is all in their best interest.
Pros: 20% of employees are fantastic.
Cons: 80% of employees, or in other words, most of the management are completely out of touch with employees, customers, technology, etc. Employees are just a number, work-life balance is bad, no consistent strategy, no career prospects. Run by career engineers with one interest — getting promotion at any cost. Basically IBM is not a good place to be right now.
Advice to Management: Look at how you are destroying what was once a fantastic company. Stop looking at your spreadsheets and open your eyes to the real problems. I've been at IBM for 20 years and over the past 5 years it has been terrible; everybody is losing interest, the passion has all gone, the products are not being developed, we are loosing customers right left and centre and any good employees left will leave by the end of H1. I normally turn down job offers from head hunters offering better packages. I'm going to take the next good offer!
IBM Response Feb 13, 2016 – VP, Communications: As you know we have replaced our old performance review system (PBC) with a brand new approach on February 1 that we co created with tens of thousands of employees over a few months. The initial response has been great and we are optimistic that the heavy emphasis on feedback will deliver a whole new coaching experience for IBMers. Thanks for your comment.
Pros: Great Company, Benefits, Team Members, and a chance to learn from a vast number of technologies and excel in many ways whether be it personally and or professionally. There is an abundance of resources and sometimes way too much to sift through, but non-the-less there is information about everything and anything you want to know, learn to better understand and deliver.
Great place to be in and a chance to travel around, abroad, move up or parallel, meet people from around the world, and sometime literally, participate in events, conventions conferences, make a difference, make an impact not only within IBM, but within other companies, and even on a global scale. "Who said that Elephants can't dance" IBM is leading the way for future generations and companies as well.
Cons: With big companies, you tend to spin your wheels a little, and management will assist and help, but moving up sometimes is slow, raises are almost a rarity and sometimes frustrating. Best thing is to love what you do and you wouldn't mind the minimum raise. Persevere and you'll move up, move around, or move out! Very high demand on meeting quotas (if you are in sales or technical sales).
Advice to Management: Assign mentors (which you do) but follow up with them, stay in touch with your new members and try not to throw them into fire from the get go. Be open with your team and don't let problems stack up and then drop on all at once on the new guy. Guide and assist. (By the way my manager is that way, but others are not).
IBM Response Feb 13, 2016 – VP, Communications: Thanks for the reminders about acclimating newest IBMers. In fact, we are working on creating even more intentional communities for key cohort groups of new hires so hopefully this will address the 'fire ' issue. Thank you again.
Pros: You will have the opportunity to work with some very smart people that want to make a solid contribution. The professional non-management class does the best they can day in and day out (despite a ridiculous amount of administrative red tape).
Cons: Every year IBM takes something away in terms of benefits, work-life balance, financial incentives, basic common courtesy, respect for employees, and basic integrity. In addition to traveling (10-20 hrs) and billing 44 hours per week to clients, the latest trend is that you must spend many more hours on IBM's internal social media, more hours on training, mentoring, administrative work, and IBM internal conference calls. An 80-hour work week, week after week, month after month, year after year is physically and mentally difficult to sustain — and have any kind of fulfilling family life.
Advice to Management: Shareholder value is very important, but so is the value of suppliers, vendors, and employees.
Pros: No pros whatsoever.
Cons: All they do is acquire business, keep employees for a year, move to India, lay off employees. Then, acquire a business, keep employees for a year, move to India, lay off employees, Then, during the year you are kept, you are given more work with no extra money to offset the jobs the people they let go. Also, they make you do more work that has nothing to do with your work and not get paid for it. Dare to ask for a raise, you will be the first to let go. DO NOT WORK FOR THIS COMPANY.
Advice to Management: You have a special place in hell for the what you are doing to the US job marked and the employees you slave once you acquire them.
Pros: Technology. Acquisition and divestiture strategy. Smart approach to M&A. R&D capability is beyond compare. Flexible and remote working support. Global breadth and depth. Hard working employees. I think Ginni Rometty's strategy is the right one and might eventually lead to top line revenue growth, but if IBM doesn't start treating employees better, it won't matter.
Cons: Extremely arrogant. Senior executives live different (far better) lives than on-the-ground employees and are ridiculously out of touch. The anytime, anywhere, all the time, wherever you are, even if you are on holiday workplace. Lack of reward. A culture of managing up and brown nosing. Don't really want to hear results from engagement surveys. Indignant that employees don't recommend working at IBM. Finance dominated culture. Maniacal focus on cost cutting, non-stop Resource Actions, blaming employees for lack of success in IBM strategy. Hierarchical top down culture.
Advice to Management: Get off the 3rd floor in Armonk and deeply listen to employees, in a penalty-free place without PR people buzzing around. Be more vulnerable. Admit when you're wrong or make a mistake. Take control of IBM away from Finance. People are the most important asset IBM has; start acting like it. Invest in people. Recognize people. Give people the tools they need to be successful. Give people compensation, bonus and benefits that demonstrate you care and are more competitive with what is happening in other companies.
Pros: It was a good company for employees and customers 'till 2010. Employees were proud to be IBMers. Company was taking care of employees and employees were working as if it is their own company. Salaries and benefits used to be good. Good work was getting recognised.
Cons: Deteriorating customer service, distancing employees has become norm. With change in the CEO, things changed and started retrenching work force indiscriminately. Customer service has been deteriorating. Employees not trusting their managers. Management is not even waiting 'till year end evaluation of employees are completed. They are retrenching work force indiscriminately.
IBM Response Feb 15, 2016 – Corporate Communications: Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback with us. Given IBM's transformation and what we've heard from many IBMers, we've kicked off a brand new approach to performance management this year. It's called Checkpoint, and it was co-created by IBMers for IBMers to reflect the way all of us work. What's the focus? Continuous feedback; a nimble, real-time approach to setting goals; and year-end evaluation on not just what we accomplished but how we accomplished it. And, perhaps best of all, we're no longer defined by a single rating.
Pros: If you're well-connected and someone in upper management likes you, you will have a successful career. I would recommend staying for 3-5 years to get experience on your resume, but then move on because it is usually in that timeframe you will learn whether you are "liked" or not.
Cons: Too much politics in upper management. Caucasian male "old boys" network is alive and well. I witnessed too many qualified minority employees overlooked when it came to moving up the ladder due to this environment.
Advice to Management: There is a thick layer of upper-level and executive management that needs to be swept away. How can you justify a reporting chain of a vice president (with no direct reports) reporting to another vice president, who reports to an executive vice president?
Pros: Salary depends on your past experience and current project. So you have opportunity to sell yourself. You can be a lucky with your manager. Good managers are exists in this company.
Cons: You can have lots of managers in different countries and some of them wants fame and ready to usurp your ideas; other ones prefer ignore your problems. Though IBM is in Top 100 Most Powerful Brands it means nothing and IBM offers not the best solutions to customers. IBM doesn't comply with the labor code. (Overtime was not paid, salary was not paid before annual leave). According to the policy you have to improve your skills (plan in hours) but here was no budget for courses.
Advice to Management: Reduce amount of managers. Reduce amount of mailing. Organize the day when employees could contact top manager directly.
Pros: Flexible time. Working from home. Market rate salaries. Usually managers listen to you (even though they don't have any power to do anything).
Cons: Usually old technologies (also bad code written in the end '80). Often old processes (they call scrum what is in reality the old waterfall methodology). Old tools (Clearcase, rtc, legacy tools that usually don`t work properly). Too much bureaucracy. Canteen of bad quality and too much expensive. Basically apart from your base salary and your pension scheme nothing is offered (no bonus, no stock, no salary increase, no dinners etc). A lot of teams too much dependent to the US.
Advice to Management: Try to get some independence from the US. Make the teams more agile. (Try to full apply the agile methodologies, not just put the new names on old methodologies). Try to modernize tools and systems (GIT and mercurial in place of Clearcase and try to use more open source software).
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