Sadly, this is core IBM. You’re not the only one to notice how they treat their workforce and indeed, how they operate in general. It’s no great secret IBM have had a number of cases brought against them. As someone who was recently working with IBM independently at a client, their behaviour was shocking and frankly abhorrent on a number of fronts. It led to me writing my own open letter a couple of months back.
Godspeed in whatever you decide to do.