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  • New York Times:

    IBM Buys Truven, Adding to Growing Trove of Patient Data at Watson Health. By Steve Lohr. Excerpts: IBM is looking to enhance the growth of its Watson Health business with the $2.6 billion purchase of Truven Health Analytics, which has data on the cost and treatment of more than 200 million patients.

    The planned acquisition of Truven, announced Thursday morning, is the fourth company IBM has purchased since it created the Watson Health unit last April, bringing the total spent to more than $4 billion. ...

    The Watson Health business, IBM said, now has health-related data on “approximately 300 million patient lives,” mostly in the United States. The goal is to run the patient data through Watson’s artificial intelligence software, so that it works as a specialized digital assistant to physicians and health administrators to improve care and curb costs.

    Watson Health is the first industry-focused unit IBM has set up to try to build the artificial intelligence technology, renowned for beating human champions in the quiz show “Jeopardy!” five years ago, into a large, profitable business.

    The sizable Truven purchase is further evidence that IBM’s management, led by Virginia M. Rometty, the company’s chief executive, intends to press ahead with that plan despite declining revenue and disappointing profits.

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  • Glassdoor IBM reviews. Selected reviews follow:
    • "IBM — Stay Away"

      Former Employee — Project Manager in Hartford, CT. Pros: Work at home is convenient for some people. Cons: Everything else. Constant fear of layoff. Poor management. Incredible soul crushing bureaucracy. Horrible review system. Every year, you loose a benefit. Bad work-life balance. Poor customer satisfaction. Terrible morale. Lack of meaningful training. All in all, a miserable place to work. Advice to Management: Give up and sell the company while there is some value remaining. There is nothing you can do to fix IBM. It is too late.
    • "Sales Executive"

      Current Employee — Sales Executive in Great Lakes, IL. Pros: At the forefront of Cloud technology. Tend to lead the market with new ideas and initiatives. Cons: Multiple solutions to solve the same problem. Lack of focus that tends to confuse prospects. Need to pick a direction and focus everyone's energy to achieve the vision. Advice to Management: You can't continue to grow this business if you focus only on the new shiny object and abandon tested and proven revenue cash cows.
    • "A company in decline"

      Former Employee — Sales Specialist in Chicago, IL. I worked at IBM full-time (more than 5 years).

      Pros: Decent benefits (although not what they once were). Some of my colleagues were great and I have friends at IBM. Good work/life balance.

      Cons:

      • Little job security. Layoffs are just a standard part of the IBM culture and happen annually.
      • Pay is not bad at IBM, but they pay less for any given position (except executive positions) than every other major tech company and most tier two tech companies.
      • Management gets large stock grants. Employees get no stock grants.
      • IBM's management is completely removed from what is happening on the ground. They do not want to understand, and surround themselves with yes-men/women.
      • IBM has cut everything. Benefits, raises, training, career development.
      • It is easy to get pigeonholed at IBM. If you, often through no fault of your own, get put in a bad position or division, the only option is to deal with it or leave the company. It is seriously easier to get a job elsewhere than to transfer between IBM divisions.
      • In conjunction with the previous point, if you get lucky and are put in a position to be successful, all kinds of opportunities come your way. If you are unlucky and get put in a position where no one would be successful, you will be treated as a failure. Most of IBM career progression is luck, the rest is connections (or vice versa makes more sense).
      • IBM's product and services lines are all legacy. All of them. Lotus, Tivoli, Rational, System p, System z, storage, outsourcing are all yesterday's news.
      • IBM has tried to get into cloud, but they just don't have scale advantages inherent to the web companies (Amazon, Microsoft and Google).
      • IBM is betting everything on Watson or cognitive, but there are little to no real products behind the technology. It, in current form, is not amenable to mass market. In short, IBM's existing products/services are slowly on their way out and the cupboard is empty with replacement lines of business.

      Advice to Management: You created this mess with the EPS roadmaps.

    • "Consulting Supply Chain Management Professional"

      Former Employee — Consulting Engineer. Pros: High performance culture, motivated and engaged teams. Customer centric, thought leadership, opportunities to pursue growth experiences. High focus on employee development, impact and value. Cons: Performance management system needs overhaul. Salary/bonus program aged, needs overhaul to better tie team and individual performance to company performance. Advice to Management: Need to improve the medical benefits; costs are non-competitive, 2X some other Fortune 100 companies..
    • "Project Manager"

      Former Employee — Project Manager in Research Triangle Park, N.C. I worked at IBM full-time (more than 10 years). Pros: The IBM staff are incredibly talented, with a wealth of in-depth expertise. Cons: The firm ebbs and flows and it's very easy to be on the wrong project at the wrong time and your years of service are ended. Advice to Management: Cutting 5% out of the budget often meant losing much more in talent.
    • "Lost a lot of time...would advise unless junior...useless"

      Former Employee — Senior Project Leader in Central District (Hong Kong). I worked at IBM (more than 5 years). Pros: The entry card works in all offices and hotel rates are great. Cons: Yes people everywhere; if you have an idea it will be crushed and you will feel useless. Then they will pink slip you. Fighting the rules of IBM is the fun of being there. Advice to Management: Take the money, beat the employees, and run.
    • "Cost cutting company — Only in India"

      Current Employee — Anonymous Employee. I have been working at IBM full-time (more than a year).

      Pros: Work from home option, flexible.

      Cons: IBM does cost cutting like anything in India. If you travel to other IBM locations worldwide you can see that it has invested so much. But when it comes to India they do lots of cost cutting.

      1. There is no vending machines for coffee or tea. Employees working tirelessly in the night for hours need to have access to these basic things.
      2. No extra benefits to employees. The cafeteria in Bangalore location is the most pathetic one across all companies. It works on contract with some Sodexho which provides bad food. The cafeteria in FTP is also pathetic - no quality food. Employees usually walk outside and eat from roadside vendors. They don't provide Sodexho or food coupons for tax savings.
      3. The ThinkPad or TP that is given is usually a used T430 or an older model. It weighs around 4 kgs. Most of the employees get back pain on carrying those.
      4. 4. No CAB facility.

      Overall thanks to the higher management in IBM, India they have made it one of the worst companies ever.

      Advice to Management: IBM, India higher management is pathetic; only knows how to do cost cutting

    • "Lansing MI Delivery Center is absolutely awful."

      Current Employee — Anonymous Employee. Pros: If you are able to travel, there are positions available all over the world. Cons: In the Lansing Mchigan Delivery Center adults are treated like children. There are no merit increases and individuals are held responsible for actions of others even though they have no control over them. Steer clear. Not a good working environment. Advice to Management: Your power plays cause IBM to lose good people.
    • "Outside Sales Rep"

      Current Employee — Sales Representative — Commerce. I have been working at IBM full-time (more than a year).

      Pros: Great salary, benefits, *initial training. Work with a lot of very smart and talented people. Lots of flexibility to move to different parts of the company. Very progressive in letting employees work from home.

      Cons: Not much of a standardized sales process. If you struggle with ambiguity or lack of direction then it most likely not the place for you. Once you're out of training, it's sink or swim and as an outside rep you do not get a lot of additional support. Keep in mind IBM is a big company with a sales force of 7,000 strong with 5/6 different business units, so this is not true of the every part of the company just my experience within the business unit I worked in.

      Advice to Management: Have a more set career trajectory for entry level sales people.

    • "Love IBM"

      Current Employee — Apple Helpdesk Advisor in Austin, TX. I have been working at IBM full-time (less than a year.) Pros: I love this job, my manager is great and always looking out for his employees. If he sees an opportunity for advancement, even in another department, that he feels one of his employees is suitable for, he will bring it to their attention and go the extra mile to help them get it. Cons: Things don't happen fast. HR is in India so job changes tend to take a long time to complete. There is also a bit of a Big Brother feel here with all of the security requirements but I guess that's understandable. Advice to Management: You are making changes in the right direction. Keep it up. For a while it seemed like IBM was going down hill but recent changes are revitalizing this company an it's nice to see.
    • "Account Partner"

      Former Employee — Account Partner in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). I worked at IBM (more than a year). Pros: competitive compensation, global opportunity, some areas of expertise and high quality resources, good access to internal industry and technology analysis. Cons: Prehistoric bureaucracy and internal processes, draconian expense policies, erratic strategic leadership, organizational paranoia, dysfunctional go-to-market strategy across major brands, retarded ability to adapt and change.
    • "Former GBS managing consultant"

      Former Employee — Managing Consultant in Long Beach, CA. I worked at IBM (more than 5 years). Pros: Interesting project work and strong set of work colleagues. Cons: Endless travel, poor compensation and bonus structure.
    • "Project Manager"

      Former Employee — Anonymous Employee in Córdoba (Argentina). I worked at IBM full-time (more than 5 years). Pros: Development on career using a career path, mentoring program, working from home, challenges on every project, training from the basic to very specific subject in management terms. Cons: Working overtime always, hour not being paid, managers open doors policy didn't work well, salary increases of only one digit per year. Advice to Management: Think on the employees; impact when a good employee left the company is bigger than expected and required a lot of time to train someone else to catch up on every item.
    • "Good for an Internship or Graduate Role"

      Current Employee — IT Project Manager in Melbourne (Australia).

      Pros: Opportunity to work from home made it very flexible. Hours worked were flexible. The people i worked with were great, the reason why I stayed for so long was because of the people.

      Cons: No resources on projects. I spent most of my time finding new excuses to stall the project so that the clients would not find out that we didn't have any resources on our side. Too many processes we had to go through to get simple things done. Too much office politics from execs and senior management trying to assert their authority and status. They have no clue on what is actually happening on projects yet continue to question your choices every step of the way or refuse to listen to any advice provided by subject matter experts.

      Extreme cost cutting has led to almost quarterly redundancies, limited number of desks on each floor, no stationary and no tea or coffee.When you join they will provide you with a laptop, however you will have to provide your peripherals (laptop bag, mouse, keyboard, monitors). Training is all online with outdated and dry material. If you want proper classroom training for accredited courses you will need to fund it yourself externally. There are opportunities to attend instructor led classes, however the funding will almost never get approved (you will have more chance in winning the lottery).

      Advice to Management: Learn to look after and invest in your employees. Promote a fun, innovative and collaborative workplace.

    • "Campaign Manager IBM GMC Romania"

      Current Employee — Marketing Campaign Manager in Bucharest (Romania). I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 3 years). Pros: Great values, work-life balance, good level of freedom on your schedule and how you do your job. Cons: Low benefits from year to year. Because your managers are not involved in your day-to-day work, the only way you can get recognition is by investing a lot of time in creating your visibility which is annoying for a person who doesn't do that naturally but does a great job. Advice to Management: Create more functional manageable teams. Open management positions with both business and people responsibilities.
    • "Good to start, but leave after a while"

      Former Employee — Anonymous Employee. Pros: Is a good place if you are starting your career, since there are many positions and many levels. Cons: Poor management. Salaries are a big issue; is the company that pays the least in its area; this means they can't retain talented people. Do not expect to get a raise when you enter, even if you move to a higher position. Extreme bureaucracy. Advice to Management: Reduce the management layers. Focus on your employees. (I mean all of them, not only executive ones).
    • "Laid off"

      Former Employee — IT Specialist in Research Triangle Park, NC. I worked at IBM full-time (more than 10 years). Pros: IBM has good benefits. Starting pay is OK. In general co-workers are great. Cons: IBM wants to move as much work as possible to low cost countries. If you are in a high cost country expect yearly resource actions. Advice to Management: Top exec need to stop the layoff and stop blaming the workers for not making the numbers.
    • "Fantastic experience"

      Former Employee — Extreme Blue Business Intern in Hursley, England (UK). I worked at IBM full-time (less than a year). Pros: Feels like home. Everyone is very friendly and approachable. The offices are at a great location. The work is also really exciting and demanding. Cons: The offices may feel empty at certain times. The food at the cafeteria is sub par with the general office infrastructure being very poor. Advice to Management: The cafeteria services should be improved. The office structure was too relaxed and felt like an disorderly school classroom so it too should be formalised.
    • "Okay Job, don't fall for the Hype of only 10% travel"

      Former Employee — Applications Developer in Baton Rouge, LA. Pros: Training and working with other bright minds. Communication among other developers in office was great and offered a plethora of resources with which you could bounce ideas off of. Cons: The amount of travel stated in the job offer and the amount you actually have to do is completely off. This position is made for those who can jet set across the country. Having a family with kids I just couldn't adjust. Advice to Management: Be honest with prospective hirees about amount of travel.
    • "New Performance Management System"

      Current Employee — Anonymous Employee. Pros: IBM Human Resources did it right. From the basic premise of a need to change, to using agile methods for design and feedback, to rolling it all out. They really are walking the talk when it comes to how best to provide feedback in a fast-moving, social environment. While the outside debate rages on about the value of performance management systems, IBM has done something about it, and has spent time listening to employees and incorporating their feedback into the design elements of the new system. No more forced distribution, with multiple touchpoints during the year and a human-scale time horizon around goal-setting and goal attainment. All around, this is one of the best approaches to performance management that I've seen.

      Cons: We'll wait to see how well managers can incorporate this. Any performance review and coaching system is only as good as the managers who implement it. But the basics are all there for them to use.

      Advice to Management: Keep up the design, feedback, adjust, and adapt methodology.

      IBM Response Jan 18, 2016 – Director, Performance Management: Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your IBM experience. Given IBM's transformation and what we have heard from many IBMers, we are changing our approach to performance management this year. Designing the program has been a collaborative effort with employees so we can ensure it reflects the way we all work. Feedback from employees like you is essential to driving positive change at IBM, so thank you again for your comments. - Michelle (Ames) Rzepnicki (Director, Performance Management).

  • Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert — February 19, 2016 (PDF). Stories this week include:
    • Trump Misleads about Social Security Fraud
    • Millionaires Already Done Paying into Social Security for 2016
    • Top 5 Threats to Retirement: Could Your Children be Your Biggest Problem?
    • Regional Conferences: March 7 is Deadline for Discounted Hotel Rate in Orlando
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