Thread regarding IBM layoffs

How good is IBM for newbies?

I don't think it is.
If I could turn back time, if I were younger and just finished school, I would never want to get my first experience here but would look for my first jobs in much smaller companies and startups.
IBM is still somehow hanging on, but its time has passed.

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Post ID: @OP+1b26vuux

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Van Halen - JUMP. Polish the resume and shift. Anyone in any software positions who doesn't jump a minimum of every 2 years is rusty at best. I managed to jump +14 times in my career and always keep my salary 2000x my age. at the end of the 90s I was able to shift it up a huge notch due to the id--tic Y2K debacle, and I had nothing to due with 2 char year fields in Cobol at the bank.
When I taught college, I started each class with the exponential salary growth curve (mine) and asked the class, wouldn't they like to be like me. Once you taste the power of the dark side.....
I love the 70s,80s, 50% of the people thought you were the wizard walking on water and worshiped you, the other 50% hated your ar-e. Once PCs became prevalent the "magic" faded.

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Post ID: @7sui+1b26vuux

Not so bad, for the first two years. After that, put it on your resume and look for another company.

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Post ID: @2osg+1b26vuux

Lmao. "Hardware, Software, and GTS??" That's everything but GBS.... which everyone knows has it's own problems as well. There are great patches everywhere, including IBM. (BTW, be careful lumping in hardware.... there are some things that IBM does better than anyone else, Z is at the top of that list)

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Post ID: @2qpk+1b26vuux

Depends on the business unit, lots of folks who are in GBS have a good experience out of college. GTS/Software/Hardware not so much.

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Post ID: @2xdd+1b26vuux

My children HATED IBM for what it did to me. On the border of being abusive!!!! Dump more and more work on you and at the same time cut your earnings potential.. GET OUT NOW.

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Post ID: @2szr+1b26vuux

It's good if your family members are in high position, otherwise not so good

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Post ID: @2ugc+1b26vuux

What they don't tell you: take a psychopathology test before you apply. If you score positive, it will be a good fit.

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Post ID: @2wyd+1b26vuux

It beats tossing 16 inch block over your head on scaffolding or raking out hot asphalt.
My kids saw the family stress of long hours and the constant fear of getting the RA boot.
They never even applied to the Blue pig and they are doing very well.

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Post ID: @1nwt+1b26vuux

A fresh college grad would be crazy to spend more than 2-3 years at their first job anywhere. Get skills and resume experience, hop to another job, and double your salary. For this IBM is as good as anywhere so long as you focus on getting the skills you want.

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Post ID: @1osb+1b26vuux

Short term is maybe ok if there’s nothing better. Longer term is not good with constant RAs.
Start building skills & look for a company that’s not struggling quarter to quarter.

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Post ID: @1zej+1b26vuux

I advised my kid (4 yr grad) to avoid working at IBM and look for a company with solid growth and balance sheet.
So far, all 3 jobs (1 was a move to another city) treated their engineers excellently and he’s happy with the cultures, work, coworkers, managers and WLB.
These company cultures reminded me of IBM from pre-Aker years.

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Post ID: @1nic+1b26vuux

Can confirm… you will most likely get laid off.

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Post ID: @mzx+1b26vuux

Technical roles: Yes, you will get hands on being thrown into the fire all the time.
It will be stressful and test your ability to perform under major pressure.
(just don't stay too long and let them have you at a bargain price)

Non tech paper pushing roles are probably not a good fit due to process bloat.
The fluff just wont be that relevant when transitioning to other companies.
IMO

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Post ID: @cxi+1b26vuux

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