IBM Reviews in Atlanta, GA

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
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Pros
  • Most managers are pretty flexible if you want to work from home a couple days a week (in 1228 reviews)

  • There are no unrealistic expectations causing work-life balance to be messed up (in 1189 reviews)


Cons
  • Though the company espouses work life balance there is no getting away from work (in 373 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 202 reviews)

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    IBM Doesn't Value Their Employees - Poor Benefits and Bean-Counter Mentality

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    Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    People recognize IBM as a leader in the world of high tech
    Co-workers are overall great to work with - quality employees
    Expenses are paid promptly and the online expense tool is easy to use
    "LOVE MY JOB but HATE THE COMPANY"

    Cons

    CHEAPSKATES on 401k reimbursement and matching contributions.
    Health care benefits are extremely poor compared to similar companies like Dell and Brocade.
    IBM recognizes same-sex domestic partnerships but NOT opposite-sex domestic partnerships.
    IBM has the WORST INTERNAL WEB SITE of any company I've ever worked for. Need multiple browsers to get work done.
    On-boarding of new employees is EXTREMELY POOR
    Lotus Notes is MISERABLE TO LEARN AND WORK WITH
    The company comes off as not caring about their employees in a million tiny and large ways over time.
    The company is penny-wise and pound foolish.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix your restrictive 401k matching for new employees or employees who leave prior to Dec 31st.
    Fix the bean-counter mentality.
    With 400,000 employees FIX THE USABILITY of your (extremely poor) internal web site.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Being Acquitted By IBM

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    Former Employee - Software Sales Representative  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Software Sales Representative in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There is nothing good about being in a company that is acquired by IBM.

    Cons

    Being in a software company that was acquired by IBM was the worst job experience of my career. The IBM Management Team was absolutely clueless as to what our company did and as to why we were successful. Sales dropped by 50% in the first year after the acquisition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand the culture of the company that you are acquiring. It's a major part of the success of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Poor return on pension, really, after all my years of service 1%?

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    Former Employee - Storage Sales  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Storage Sales in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Can't think of any, used to be a good resume builder, not anymore.

    Cons

    Lost their vision. Too much nepotism. Poor pay, too many chiefs, not enough "producing" Indians. A 1% return paid on my pension after all my years of service? Talk about a slap in the face. It was bad enough when you took it away, but with all your profits to only pay 1%? Worthless.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep cutting to the bone and treating your employees like crap. I'm sure you'll land safely with your golden parachute, but you'll be known as Captain's of the Titanic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

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    Former Employee - Advisory Software Engineer  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There are still lots of smart people at IBM. If you like working long hours for little or no reward, this is the place for you.

    Cons

    This is the worst managed company I have ever worked for. None of the smart people I mentioned in "Pros" is in upper management. Although I see quite a few favorable reviews of IBM on glassdoor, in my experience the only people who think this is a good place to work are those who have never worked anywhere else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Focus on creating real value for customers rather than just acquiring new revenue streams.
    2. Drop the rah-rah stuff; we are not fooled. True greatness is inversely proportional to the amount of it that comes out of your mouth.
    3. Grow up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bipolar Corporation

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    Former Employee - Partner  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Partner in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great health care benefits
    Many committed employees
    Opportunity to work in many facets of IT industry
    Pension check for those who were fortunate enough to be in the plan

    Cons

    Requirement to work 60+ hours weekly
    Target employees for resource action ( firing) once they turn 50 reardless of performance, and contribution to the business..
    Too many layers of executive management and the executive perks are bordering on criminal
    Latest 401K modification (paid only once a year so if they RA you 1 day prior to the annual payment day you get no IBM matching)
    HR focused
    In the future I expect IBM will default on the pension plan

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    THINK
    Respect for the individual
    Toss the 2015 plan and give new CEO an opportunity to run the ship
    Invest in the core company and stop buying revenue streams (from corporations you aquire)
    Stop former CEO's from using corporate jets for personal travel - they have enough stock to pay for their own personal travel

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    No future for American employees / keep your CV up-to-date

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    Current Employee - Non-Direct  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Non-Direct in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Decent benefits, flexibility, still some good lower level managers

    Cons

    Absolutely no opportunities for US employees. Constant layoffs. Constant THREAT of layoffs. Bogus evaluation system to move US employees out of the business and not give raises or bonus. Forced evaluation skews that managers must adhere to or else.

    Layoffs every year, sometimes twice a year. I've seen folks get laid off, but are extended to meet customer demand. Threat of no severance if employees don't comply.

     HR is totally useless. The employee services center is the go-to place for employees to get HR answers (except for Fidelity Services) The ESC center is of course off shored someplace and give out wrong answers and read from a script . HR Partners in the US are only for management team and to help make a case against employees.

    GBS is body shop and once your skills aren't needed, you're out the door. Don't make your utilization target (through no fault of your own), you'll get a 3 performance rating. Get two of those and bye-bye.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The senior executive team is decimating the U.S workforce. Executives bonus are calculated on profit. Employees on revenue. Executives have 'contracts' and a different retirement. It's a RARE executive that gets laid off. The lower band executives kowtow to the higher bands. The senior executives say Jump! and the lower bands say how high.

    The senior execs are cleaning up like bandits. They won't change until this once great company is beaten into the ground. Read "I, Cringley" take on IBM

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A company that manages its balance sheet well, but not its employees

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer  in  Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Alpharetta, GA

    I have been working at IBM as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    They allow work from home. Helps balance work -life during normal work days!

    Cons

    Work is way too much and without any overtime pay!! When the time's bad, they make you sit at home without pay for months on furloughs!! They unlike many other companies cannot have anyone sit without work for even a moment! They do not even inform ahead of time of impending furloughs, for you to find a better opportunity..its always last minute that way!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Its not always about working towards managing 'stock price' but there is a lot more involved in running a company!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    business analyst

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    can telecommute
    good salary
    good medical benefits

    Cons

    treat us employees like dirt

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    move all operations overseas

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    IBM: Acquisition, take the money and run fast to another job offer.

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    A good job to have while looking for another one.

    Cons

    Low pay, RA's, ranking is a joke, blue washing another joke and too many "new" programs that never get off the ground.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a backbone!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 9 people found this helpful  

    Get the best salary you can walking in the door because raises are few and far between.

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    Current Employee - Sales Specialist  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    - Work at home
    - Management rarely stands in the way of job changes

    Cons

    - Pay, raises, promotions, etc.
    - Health care costs increase greater than raises
    - Only one goal. Increase EPS for investors
    - Little training
    - Little management support for getting job done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop opening each quarter with a picture of the EPS growth. Stop telling us how much money IBM is making while giving none of it to the employee. Only company I've ever worked for where after 5 years of record profits I bring home less money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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