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Topic # 144295 14-May-2014 10:17
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Hi Guys,

After 3 years of working in SME, I'll be going to a corporate environment next month - at IBM.
As what many have known, there's no coffee and tea there. While it's funny for others, what matters to me is the take home pay. What it's like working at IBM? Do I need to wear formal clothing or business casual attire? Do they have perks such as training and certifications  (eg. for RHCE, CCNA)? 

Thanks.

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  Reply # 1043490 14-May-2014 10:25
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I'd have thought this kind of information would be provided BEFORE your first day - an introduction pack, during the HR interviews when signing the employment agreement, etc...

Didn't you get anything?





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  Reply # 1043491 14-May-2014 10:25
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My wife worked there for 4+ years, IBM is a very conservative company, they have a strict clear desk policy and you will get warnings for leaving even business cards on your desk. They have a  conservative dress code.




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  Reply # 1043505 14-May-2014 10:37
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KiwiNZ: Mthey have a strict clear desk policy and you will get warnings for leaving even business cards on your desk.


Mental note.. never apply for a job at IBM...




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  Reply # 1043511 14-May-2014 10:39
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Lias:
KiwiNZ: Mthey have a strict clear desk policy and you will get warnings for leaving even business cards on your desk.


Mental note.. never apply for a job at IBM...


She got a warning (they call it a security violation) for leaving her own IBM Business cards on her desk ???? frown




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  Reply # 1043516 14-May-2014 10:42
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Friend of mine worked as a tech for them for a number of years, doing warranty repairs etc.... he left about 5 years ago.  Ill just say IBM are last on his list to goto for any future jobs. But on the corporate side of things, could be completely different, maybe time has changed things as well.
But he did have to be in business attire in the workshop away from the customers eyes....  go figure. 





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  Reply # 1043517 14-May-2014 10:43
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KiwiNZ: My wife worked there for 4+ years, IBM is a very conservative company, they have a strict clear desk policy and you will get warnings for leaving even business cards on your desk. They have a  conservative dress code.

Thanks KiwiNZ. So that dress code is for 5 days a week? No dress down on Fridays? 

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  Reply # 1043519 14-May-2014 10:45
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freitasm: I'd have thought this kind of information would be provided BEFORE your first day - an introduction pack, during the HR interviews when signing the employment agreement, etc...

Didn't you get anything?



I will repeat the question... didn't you get anything from HR?






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  Reply # 1043520 14-May-2014 10:46
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KiwiNZ: My wife worked there for 4+ years, IBM is a very conservative company, they have a strict clear desk policy and you will get warnings for leaving even business cards on your desk. They have a  conservative dress code.

Thanks KiwiNZ. So that dress code is for 5 days a week? No dress down on Fridays? 


Umm 5 days, I recall and argument that one staff member had, he wore $300+ jeans on a friday and had to change so he purchased $50 pants from the Warehouse. But there was no such thing as casual Friday for her but she was an Account Exec so she was in customer meetings anyway.




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  Reply # 1043521 14-May-2014 10:47
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freitasm:
freitasm: I'd have thought this kind of information would be provided BEFORE your first day - an introduction pack, during the HR interviews when signing the employment agreement, etc...

Didn't you get anything?



I will repeat the question... didn't you get anything from HR?




From memory my wife only got all this after she started and mostly by accident




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KiwiNZ: I recall and argument that one staff member had, he wore $300+ jeans on a friday and had to change so he purchased $50 pants from the Warehouse. But there was no such thing as casual Friday for her but she was an Account Exec so she was in customer meetings anyway.


To be fair, some $300 jeans are just hideous.





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  Reply # 1043524 14-May-2014 10:48
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freitasm:
KiwiNZ: I recall and argument that one staff member had, he wore $300+ jeans on a friday and had to change so he purchased $50 pants from the Warehouse. But there was no such thing as casual Friday for her but she was an Account Exec so she was in customer meetings anyway.


To be fair, some $300 jeans are just hideous.



on me yes for sure but some , well thats different  :P




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  Reply # 1043525 14-May-2014 10:48
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freitasm:
freitasm: I'd have thought this kind of information would be provided BEFORE your first day - an introduction pack, during the HR interviews when signing the employment agreement, etc...

Didn't you get anything?



I will repeat the question... didn't you get anything from HR?




Sorry I didn't notice that freitasm. Nope, didn't get those info during the interview.
But we'll see once the papers are sent to me, probably more details (including some HR policies) will be included. 

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  Reply # 1043545 14-May-2014 11:22
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These are the questions you ask in an interview. You're interviewing the company to see if it's a match as much as they are interviewing you for the same. 

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  Reply # 1043573 14-May-2014 11:39
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You should be able to contact the person who conducted the interview to ask any more questions.....   get those gaps filled in before signing anything.





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  Reply # 1043575 14-May-2014 11:39
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/Looks at desk

Uh-oh

/Looks at clothes I'm wearing to work today (Jeans, Hoodie)

Uh-oh



Congrats on the job by the way!

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