IBM raises (or this year’s joke) arrive

IBM gave out raises again this year and I received one in contrast to last year. Given the economy and job situations that are out there, I’m happy to have a job. I’m happy to have gotten an increase when so many people in IBM didn’t. I’m happy that I live below my means so I don’t need an increase. I’m not oblivious to how lucky and blessed I am.

That said, I’m personally unhappy with the results. IBM had a strong year last year. IBM, Tivoli, and Tivoli Security all three had a great first quarter. And with all of that, the raises across the board sucked.

I’m now at 85% of the MRP meaning that people in my position in my area make on average 15% more than I do. Despite my management team telling me that I’m a top performer I’m just not feeling the love from IBM right now.

Yes, I know: cue the world’s smallest violin…

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4 thoughts on “IBM raises (or this year’s joke) arrive”

  1. This is actually one of the reasons my friend Matt moved to Seattle to come to work for Isilon, and I suspect there are many people in similar situations. If you ever decide to look for a job in Seattle… :)


  2. Actually, since you make 85% of what they make, if you turn that around they are making about 17.6% more than you. Not that knowing that helps you…


  3. Yeah, I didn’t feel the IBM love, though I didn’t have quite as many PBC 1’s as you did. After I did the math, on average I got inflation + the raises the two years I was promoted. I am pretty sure I was worth more than that to the org.


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