IBM Employee Review
No support for contract staff
Over my time at IBM, I never had personal contact with either the management team from IBM, or my direct supervisor. I was pretty much left to my own devices to shape my own position without any guidance from my manager.
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Great staff at the technical levels. IBM's reputation seems to earn it some solid Government contracts. However... I should have taken the obvious hint the universe was trying to send, when the interviewer for the first interview arrived 30 minutes after the appointment time, and didn't seem to know what was going on. Accepted a senior management role, but within a month or two it became obvious the role was surplus to requirements. Let go after five months with little support or direction, and wondering why I was hired. IBM Ballarat has a close relationship with Federation University, so be prepared to work with students in "Earn and Learn" programs - this is both a pro and a con. Workplace is distant from the Ballarat CBD, with not many facilities close by.
Great technical people. Good training if you can find it.
Micromanagement, sprawling hierarchy, no onsite HR.
IBM has gone down the opensource path and that makes many of their Cloud offerings familiar and user friendly because many of the opensource products used have a large community backing. They also have pre-packaged a number of options to make technical on-boarding easier for many.