And knowing what you know today, would you have done anything differently in your career at IBM?
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Worst newer ever. Why would you want to work?
I’d buy Amazon and Google stock from the start and sell and retire
Done like Lou Gerstner... Harvard MBA, 20 years at McKinsey... Then become a CEO... never be a rank-and-file worker.
If you make good moves across different companies every two or three years you could literally end up making several times more by the end of your career, as a top executive if you have the basic aptitudes, versus remaining stuck at the same level for potentially decades.
When IBM acquired the company i worked for, i wish i had left immediately and not wasted precious time. I'll never get that time back.
If I could go back in time? Heck so many trends I missed, hard to say which one to have jumped on.
But perhaps the real answer would have been to have obtained an MD, JD, or MBA and not been subject to the whims of the technology markets.
been here a while should of gone in 2012/13 if imm honest - now part of the 1/3 that see retirement looming - not many companies pick up older folks now - so sorta stuck.
I was only there 5 years but I should have left after 3. Being honest IBM is one of the low points of my 20 year CV. It is now seen in the IT industry as an old fashioned bureaucratic company in steep decline.
I would have left the IBM in the initial 3-5 years after gaining some skills. Still I am preparing to leave as I am into 5+ years career in IBM.
Since last 6 years, I have seen the company shrinking rapidly under Ginni & Arvind both. Also, bonuses have become 100 blue points in recent days. Pay scale has changed drastically (to the lower end). Vision changes every two years from Watson > cloud pals > OpenShift > ?. Ultimately, they can't be top in hybrid cloud if their public cloud sucks.
So, prepare yourself and get out of IBM sooner if you are still early in your carrier.
I would have hooked up with my manager when he approached me. He was steamy.
The 25 years were great and I won’t change anything. The last 10 were awful and I should have left sooner.
After IBM nearly tanked & missed the PC age in the early 1990’s, I changed my career goal from surviving in IBM to surviving in the industry. I left mainframe and chose internal assignments that honed the latest skills, which was leveraged when I went to a startup.
I am thinking of leaving this awful IBM place every day… so I am working hard at it.
I had a very long career (40+ years) and I would have to say no. IBM was a fantastic place to work when I started and for my first 10-15 years. As it declined I looked at other companies (and even other professions) but at that time it would have meant a huge reduction in pay so I decided to stay. I was fortunate to find jobs I enjoyed most of the time in IBM.