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They made me redundant

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IBM's strategy was to send Australian jobs off-shore. Good IT infrastructure Unreasonable levels of staff resourcing resulting in a lot of personal stress.
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I would not recommend a job at IBM to anyone

I came to IBM as most people do, as an employee of another company who's role is outsourced to IBM as part of a contractual arrangement for IBM to provide services previously provided inhouse. Almost everything we were told about the way our jobs were going to be handled at IBM and how we would be treated at IBM was a lie or a gross exaggeration. Despite promises of annual salary reviews, almost nobody received any pay increase, regardless of how well they performed in the appraisal process. Every year there would be a different excuse as to why there had been no budget for raises. The annual potential bonus is in the range of 0-12%, but it is almost impossible to attain any bonus greater than 6%, more often than not any bonus was in the 1-2% range, even for someone who received very good appraisals. Salary grades each have their own salary ranges, which you may or may not be quoted prior to starting, but it is very important to be able to identify the midpoint of the salary range, because despite what the top end of the salary range may be, getting any pay rise or salary higher than the midpoint of the salary range is almost impossible, and it is company policy to stop employees earning more than the midpoint. Level 1 managers are constantly overworked and under the pump from their seniors. More senior management make work changes (such as making key employees redundant) with alarming regularity and without any rhyme or reason, leaving the L1 managers to deal with the aftermath of filling those roles with existing staff who were already stretched very thinly. - 

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Everything about working at IBM is a con.
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Avoid. Ancient admin processes, no social activities allowed

Required to spend significant amount of time on Admin tasks which normally are done by dedicated departments (eg expenses management, timesheets etc). Annoying politics in place. Silly implementation and waste of money everywhere. No chance on pay rise, no Xmas bonuses or limited.

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