IBM Reviews in Atlanta, GA

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 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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    Office environment

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

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

    Pros

    There was great help from older seasoned sales professionals in the office.

    Cons

    Lots of the older elder IBM'ers like to pull rank and look down upon the young new guys moving into the office. They look for any and everything to tell your superiors almost as if your back in middle school again getting told on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the future and not the old has beens.... The market is changing and its the young youth that will take the company to the next level.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Good place to work, but management seems to fabricate the truth to employees.

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    Former Employee - Storage Support  in  Smyrna, GA
    Former Employee - Storage Support in Smyrna, GA

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

    Pros

    Access to new hardware technology and database.

    Cons

    Management is not trustworthy when it comes to informing employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to overhaul work/life balance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    IBM Interactive Experience - Good talent, No support

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

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great experience working with talented mixed teams of creative and technical experts. I have learned a lot about digital media projects, design for mobile first, and user experience based design. I have worked with a lot of talented people and learned a lot. IBM employees have access to a lot of great training opportunities to expand your skills (though you'll have to work on your own to find them through the various tools available).

    Cons

    You must be a self-starter, who is able to figure things out on your own, and you must be able to advocate and promote yourself and your successes. There is little domain mentoring, and many team members report to managers outside of their domain / expertise. Managers do little to nothing to advocate for their team members. While the greater IBM does have clear paths for promotion (from a band / pay grade level perspective), career growth discussions with managers are relatively fruitless, and it is difficult to get their support in setting up a growth plan. There is little advice / mentoring in what training to pursue to grow in your area, but if you are willing to do the digging and research yourself, there are really great tools and self-paced training available. Employees are often responsible for finding their own projects to be staffed to, as staffing team members are focused more on filling open project roles than getting benched team members into roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lower utilization requirements for managers so that they can afford to invest more time in their people. Measure manager performance on the success of their employees so that managers will be motivated to promote and advocate for their teams. Provide at least one strong manager per each discipline / domain area, and align employees to report to a manager within their expertise / role. Provide a claim code for mentoring / managing activities that will count as productive utilization, to encourage junior team members to seek out senior mentors, and encourage senior employees to invest in junior team members, without feeling that they are going to be penalized by spending those hours on non-billable work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Technology Goliath. Infinite Uncertainty

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    Former Employee - Client Manager (Sales)  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Client Manager (Sales) in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Diverse Career Opportunities& many of them
    -Reputable company, enormous portfolio
    -OK pay, OK benefits, Fantastic Flexibility
    -Acquiring companies constantly

    Cons

    -Management controls you like puppets. You do not necessarily own your own internal path
    -Reputable yes, but that reputation isn't always good or improving
    -OK pay, OK benefits, Flexibility fading
    -Enormous challenge in IBM being a sum of its parts. Collective deal handling difficult.
    -Team not really there. Everyone paid on their own part - difficult to control
    -LOTS of uncertainty. More people leaving or forced to leave than coming
    -Culture leaves much to be desired

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While it used to be that you had to earn your stripes to earn a role at IBM, now, go start at IBM, stay for 3 years and leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Lackluster in every area

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Specialist  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues; able to work on multi-projects in various teams/roles; flexible schedule.

    Cons

    No longer of what it used to be...lackluster in every area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember - your employees are your greatest assets so treat them well and the company will flourish.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Company's leadership is taking it down

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

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

    Pros

    Treated as a professional, most managers have integrity

    Cons

    expected to work long hours, be available for adhoc requests at a moment's notice

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop moving jobs off shore

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Career has been innovative

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    Current Employee - IBM Account Executive  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - IBM Account Executive in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I have learned a lot about technology and sales strategies.

    Cons

    Company continues to have layoffs.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Still Amazing - Depends on Where you live and what you are doing

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to contribute, learn and grow, work from home, thrive on driving change and process improvements, lots of take-aways over the years but competitive salary, benefits etc. People make the company great!

    Cons

    If you aren't revenue generating you are considered back office and if you are in the US there is a good chance your job over time will be moved offshore. Best opportunities for me are oversees. If you get out of mgt its hard to find your way back in. No longer reimburse for professional certifications but I'm glad I obtained tthem.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People don't know when or if they will be let go. It's been like this for a long time and this is contrary to the foundational beliefs the company was founded on. Not respectful of people who have given their lives to make the company great.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Big shiny big blue has problems under the surface - employee engagement being the biggest one

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    Former Employee - Managing Consultant  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of credibility built up in the marketplace (from when employees used to care and be proud of working for the company) and a large enough business to sustain itself through challenges for a while

    Cons

    IBM is increasingly being run by the bean-counters, with a maniacal focus on financial metrics, at the expense of employee development and engagement. Hard to come by IBMers who are truly proud of the company and enjoy working there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop running the company to purely meet quarterly and short-term earnings numbers. Employee engagement and satisfaction is taking a beating. and this will only result in unhappy clients. You cannot hope to achieve long-term success with the way you treat your employees. IBM USED to be a great company to work for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Challenging and rewarding for skill development

    Current Employee - Senior IT Specialist  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior IT Specialist in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Work with many skillful co-workers

    Cons

    Lots of travel potential in GBS

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