IBM Brno – Work environment in details
Lets talk again about the work environment in IBM Brno. Is the work environment there is healthy, can you recommend to your friends ? Here are some details that you can freely discuss or comment.
The work environment were discussed several times before. here here and here. A good article described the real situation : Watching IBM
What is IBM Brno. Is it a real IBM company, or it is franchise , using IBM brand or something else ? I don’t know, and don’t want to know. More information here. You can see by yourself.
There are some factors which some peoples may consider before to apply in IBM Brno, or to accept some offer. This is summarized view of the work condition sent by some of our readers , or other opinions taken from the Internet as Glassdoor and some other. So, please read this article careful, and think again, but don’t blame someone else, except yourself.
Too many peoples working in a crowd spaces. Looks like madhouse. The work environment is poisoned by a high pressure on the air. You will see lot of peoples constantly running to any different directions , with laptops in its hands. Why ?! Almost all jobs there are remote. Where they are going ? This is caused by the stress. The stress in IBM Brno is on daily basis. The stress don’t have vacation there. Stress will kill you soon or later. It is just a matter of time.No one measures the stress , because nobody care about the employee health status.
Caused by the work with no direction and brainwashing. You will be involved to any task, any time, often without notice , or proper schedule. Nothing has planned properly, and every plan usually crash because it is created causal and without sense. Some bosses thinking that high adrenaline will increase the productivity. Yes, but also will killing your mental , but also physical health. No matter what happens, the accused are always the same – the people who work in IBM CIC.
Organizational chaos , no clear rules .
You will have emails with requests , even if you are on sick leave, or vacation. Most of the peoples don’t have backups , or replacement, and they have to complete all pending work after they returned from its vacation. Nobody even trying to put the tasks in some order, because there is no order or plans, and nobody care bout it. The chaos and the tools ruling this company.The managers only tracking you, but your master will always be the software application that controls you. It is your boss.
Selfish and incompetent management.
They are too selfish to care about you , because they are in the same situation like you – doing the thankless and dirty job.The local managers are only gatekeepers and guards.They never have the answers of your questions, because they don’t know the answer too. Almost nothing depending by the local management. IBM Brno is on the bottom of the IT support chain, this including also the management. The managers only care about its own prosperity , at the first place, using the peoples in its own teams. Some of them are too coward, to do something brave to its team, or to point out the errors of the high management. Of course there are some exceptions, but better to not deal with it. The high management usually do not care about the bottom peers , but only for its profit. As result peoples trying to avoid this corporation , in their future job searches. You may take a look at Dunning-Kruger Effect.
Many companies hiring managers from outside (fresh brains), but not in IBM Brno CIC.
Usually the new managers are promoted ex Team leaders .This is really cheaper, but have negative effect on whole teams.The results are visible for everyone. Most of the cases they are promoted only because there are no another candidates exist. Most of the teams have to endure the caprice and incompetence of their team leaders. Team leaders most of the cases acting as dispatchers, and just confusing the work, which they do not understand.
Old, bad, or not working tools . Bureaucracy.
IBM Brno is typical place where the tools control the peoples. In the real companies the peoples controlling the tools , but not in IBM. You have to deal , and spend lot of time and efforts to work with the stupid and relic tools. IBM do not trust to the peoples anymore.Because perfectly know that peoples wont stay longer.
This is why these tools were developed and used. Lot of tools were created by some amateur and cheaper programmers , and usually they are under beta testing forever, have lot of bugs. Programmers are from India, Czechia or some other cheaper labor , graduated students, with less experience in any area. The product which they producing have low quality, and most of the cases -no sense. Trying to save money, IBM made lot of tools, but actually they do not improve the work process and just creating another mess.You have to obey to the tools , even their decision obviously is wrong. And again – nobody care. Тhose who care have changed their jobs for the better long time ago.
Brainwashing and mind control
Brainwashing is a science. First you may have a look here : Biderman’s Chart of Coercion. There are people who receive good salaries to develop good methods that correspond to the current generation. The methods are varied and difficult to spot, but the easiest way to identify them is that they generate stress. At first glance, you are busy with meaningless things, but this is not true. A person with high intelligence easily notices them, and it is no coincidence that these methods are not used everywhere. Once activated, they generate obedient robots. These robots can no longer do work without brainwashing. It’s like a drug. One of the soft drugs is that they will try to convince you every day that you should be proud of your work. And they have no intention of telling you that this is not true. Only people who have extensive life experience understand that they have been lied to. The rest fall into the meat grinder until they become shapeless and insensitive beings, ready to work only for food and temporary shelter. They have already lost track of what is real and what is not. This topic is very long to be explained in a blog, but it is enough just to look around and you will see everything. When you finally find a normal job, you will wonder why you lost so much time in your life.
Non transparent rules and wages.
You never know what is the salary of your colleges. Doesn’t matter that you doing the same work or not. In this way, the salary in IBM Brno is always underestimated. Even, if you know the average salary , you will try to stay lower , to have the chance to be hired. At this way, the salary decrease is programmed by the corporation. The company made huge profit from that method. Old mind trick, Yoda said.Not working on the smart peoples, which still reading a books, instead using mobile phones, and TV shows.This allow to such kind of hotline facilities to gain huge profit. Cheaper peoples , lot of undefined work. There is no real career growth , because all open positions in CIC are to cover the thankless job, coming from the rich countries.
Work and tasks with no direction.
Yes , you will work without direction, because nobody in this corporation know the direction.. The rest doesn’t matter. Everybody will try to pass its dirty tasks on you. IBM corporation and shareholders have simplest goal – to make money. The rest, including the people status and health – really doesn’t matter, and nobody really care.Peoples are only pieces of meat , which can be replaced with one mouse click. Nobody really care. The high management is focused on the quarters and the income. If somehow their income degraded, they will found another way to take another money from YOU, reducing your benefits, cut training budget and when it is already suspended – to give you more and more responsibilities.
Your job role never will be defined officially. Formal contracts are used.
Yet another mind trick to control people. This is not a coincidence, This is careful programmed action. IBM do not have interest to define your job role. You will have contract , but without job description.Most of the cases “IT Specialist” only. This allow to the company to put you in “any direction any time with any salary”. You will fill the “holes” and gaps, when someone leaving the company , you will take its tasks temporarily, but then it becomes forever. If you do not complain , it will be forever. No new person will be assigned, if you agree to do it will be forever.
Yet another company trick. Because your contract have no real definition, there is no way to sue company, because nobody know that you working with missing job description. Usually the peoples in ex communist countries do not complain , do not organize strikes, do not sue companies. This allow to the companies to feel itself comfortable in these countries.
No clear future
You will never know what to expect from the next day. The corporation have its own plans, and it is related to the profit only. The Humans are not included in this plan. So you can not expect something positive , because the peoples are no longer significant factor there. Lot of surveys will ask you what do you think. You can put anything there , because nobody really going to read it , and to take an action.
CIC Brno is the bottom of the IBM chain, with cheapest and low protected peoples. They can fire you even for a day. Nobody will protect you , because selfishness is the trade mark of IBM culture and traditions. You will be a part of an experiment, and if it is over you will be throw-ed away. Even without notice. Many peoples thinking thinking that CIC Brno is stable company , but it will be true , until the peoples stay cheaper.
Overloading is typical issue in IBM. Especially if you are good specialist or foreigner. The locals are not so busy , but someone have to do the job. Workaholic, and the smart peoples are rewarded, but only with additional workload assigned. That is why lot of peoples stay low , and do not like to developing itself anymore. If you are newcomer be ready to take all unwanted and all thankless jobs of the team.This will be your fault, only because you are newcomer. Usually IBM trying to load you as much as possible. Typical issue in IBM Brno is that you will never have your responsibilities defined. Even firefighters have work only when a fire occurred , but in IBM the fire is every day. The stockholders need fresh human blood, don’t make them poor.
They will make you feel guilty about everything
You will have manager, but its role is simply formal.Just to keep the team tight and stable. A natural barrier between you, and the company.Most of the managers just acting as a “fuse”. Not everything is pretty legal, and someone have to protect “the deep company” in case of fault or lawsuit. The first line managers have formal role, your real boss will be “the tool” The tool doesn’t care if you’re tired, sick or in a bad mood. A clever move, huh?.
A stupid application which will try to control both of you, counting your time spend, tracking your activity. The tools usually do not care what time is it. Their counters measuring your time even during the night. So, you will be responsible for everything happened with your work. There is no matter what you doing , right or wrong way, because no one know what is good and what is wrong. This confusion is not coincidence, its a part of the brainwashing.
Most important thing is that tool will not catch you. Just to cheat its timers , and keywords. I’ve never heard a company blame a tool official. The typical style in IBM is the peoples to blame each others. They even don’t understand that they have to blame the corporation only. But most of the peoples are not so brave enough.
Low peoples`s culture everywhere
You will be forced to deal with low culture environment and lot ignorant .Even the kids know that cheaper mean also poor quality. Dealing with such kind of people looks like a disaster. When someone`s culture is low , no matter what you do, and what you say and what you think. They will not understand what you mean. Your efforts will be underestimated or just simply ignored. You just will waste your time. If you like to reading a books, you will found this peoples farm very strange. A peoples which living only for food, some beer, and some modern gadget. Just empty soul peoples. Of course not all peoples are ignorant. There are also smart peoples, but usually they keeping distance from the mass.
Hiring process, contracts and job description
HR will promise you a good working environment and lot improvements. Stable work environment, additional 5 days vacation, which actually coming from the local government, not from IBM. HR will be promise you educations and trainings, but it never will tel you that all of them are self placed or self paid. If you have enough free time you can open the books and educate yourself. You will have formal contract as IT Specialist, but your responsibility and your job description will be never included there. HR usually asking you to complete some “mandatory” educations before your “first day” , but it make no sense , because you still do not have the contract signed. The HR will trying to convince that you will start your dream job, but the truth is somewhere else.This probably will work on some fishes, but not on smart peoples.
HR perfectly know that they are unable to follow its promises, but never tell you that.HR always will advise you to ask your manager, perfectly clear that nothing depending by the local management. Many peoples leaving during the trial period , because later it become so complicated. Especially to the visa dependent peoples. Stay advised. Its a trap, where you wouldn’t want to end.
High Employee`s Turnover
The smart people seems wont stay longer in CIC , even those with the good salary. The corporation don’t have interest to keep peoples longer , because it have to increase the salaries or grow with their career. Actually it never happened. To become TL, or manager ? The peoples expecting to grow up , but there is no place for growing. Your formal job title doesn’t matter with the formal contracts. Lot of peoples start searching for a new job only after 2-3 months after the first day. Only the good thing in IBM Brno is the home offices, but seems this is no longer is benefit, as also many other companies have it already. IBM Brno or CIC , whatever, unable to keep its employees, because it is not possible to lie peoples, and to expect from them to be loyal. If you need a loyalty for free – take a dog.
The Salary and other benefits.
Most of the peoples working for a salary which allow them only to survive physically. Most of the cases you will be strongly dependent from the monthly payment. The salary usually come almost of the middle of the next month. Can you believe that “high tech” company is unable to calculate your salary on time ? This is bullshit. If some have invented hypocrisy, IBM can certainly claim a patent. The salary is much lower than the competing companies in this branch. Benefits ? There is no 13th salary as in normal countries, no food vouchers. The only positive prospect is that you can leave with three months’ notice. There are food machines exist everywhere, sandwiches, dried croissants, and other stale goods that stores can’t sell, and they’re usually offered in the vending machines. I do not advise you to eat from machines. Of course the coffee there is not for free.
These and many other undiscovered reason may serious affect your health .Lot of peoples , especially young ones , do not realized that sometimes the stress may have invisible and deadly effects, than some physical damage. Stress may cause lots of secondary diseases . The stress may accumulate and its effect may appear after years. The stress is already official diagnosis , but no one measure it or ask the peoples how they feeling. Stay advised.
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