The IBM Corporation is one of the largest corporate companies in the world, and a dominant player in the technology industry. The company was launched in 1911 and is based in Armonk, New York. IBM currently employs over 400,000 people who primarily work in the company’s finance, software and technical support divisions.
When IBM was initially launched it only provided basic data entry products and technical services. Through the years the company began developing new technology and services, and gradually grew into a multi-billion dollar business.
The company culture and work environment at IBM has always been (until recently) very formal and conservative. As a matter of fact, there was an ongoing joke back in the 1980’s that said you could always tell an IBM employee by their stiff white shirt and navy blue tie. This joke targeted both male and female employees. Despite the formal dress code and conservative work environment, IBM still attracted thousands of applicants each year.
Just like many other companies that were launched during that time period (i.e., Hewlett Packard, Western Union, etc.), IBM eventually relaxed some of its formal policies and developed a more relaxed and casual work atmosphere. This does not mean that employees are allowed to dress like those who at companies like Facebook and Google; it just means that employees are no longer required to wear a button up suit and tie.
One of the main reasons IBM made changes to its company culture and work environment, is to attract and retain young tech talent. It’s no secret that this new generation of tech workers do not like working in confining and restrictive environments. They prefer an environment that allows them to be creative, entrepreneurial and flexible.
Overall, most of the people who work at IBM today are very satisfied with their pay, benefits, promotional opportunities and work assignments. However, some employees have complained about working long hours and weekends, because it makes it hard for them to maintain a healthy family/work life balance.