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IBM Reviews in Atlanta, GA

Updated December 29, 2014
Updated December 29, 2014
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Pros
  • Work from home 2 days/week if you have to commute over 45 minutes to the office (in 1347 reviews)

  • Work life balance ( Work from home) & wider opportunity if you have good network (in 1315 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life/balance depends entirely on the management of your individual projects (in 423 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 214 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company Misdirected

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    Former Employee - Accounts Receivable Representative in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Accounts Receivable Representative in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Competitive wages, great benefits, option to work from home, professional environment, time off, work life balance a major plus.

    Cons

    Rigidity, lacks innovation, poor leadership, no longer customer and employee friendly. Inability to recognize internal talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Customer first should be put back into action.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Flexible hours and locations

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours and start times can make juggling a family life considerably easier than your average job. Work/life balance was easier to manage.

    Cons

    Project needs can override the individual employees needs for long periods of time. Increased focus on metrics-based management can mean that successes are overlooked if not quantified.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Metrics can't replace good management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Values eroded and lacks a visionary.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Security Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Security Engineer in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Awesome people to work with, some of the best minds anywhere. Processes and procedures in place for everything. Fantastic potential in a company to ride the cloud generation and pull out the guns it has and the incredible reputation. Watson technology can take it over the top once again if they let the Ginny out of the box.

    Cons

    No visionary at the helm that would inspire the masses. Good candidate for a show like CBS's Undercover Boss to see the reality of the field. Massive brain drain occurring due to lack of leadership. Too much emphasis on dividends and rate of return, stock buybacks. Selling of key parts of company continues (hardware, chip development) creating a shell with a volatile inside.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to your roots. Provide real value not earning projections. Stop shipping jobs away and believe in America. Measure your success by customer satisfaction not by Wall Street analysts recommendations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Working for IBM

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Fair Salary and Benefits.

    Cons

    They don't car much for the average worker

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your workers

    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to start but not to stay

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Sales in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Software Sales in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at IBM (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers
    Access to lots of learning resources
    Excellent conferences and training

    Cons

    Weak executives (blame and fire the troops, never take responsibility)
    Too many managers and lifers
    Too much process, slow in a fast moving industry
    Below average pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We need more autonomy, less supervision

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Hard life as a contractor

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay was decent for the role.

    Cons

    Glass ceiling for contractors that is not talked about.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people as regulars who know the job rather than on title and status.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great training and experience, but the culture is nonexistent.

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

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay, amazing benefits, strong foundation to base a sales careers and countless resources at your disposable

    Cons

    Ridiculously high quotas, zero corporate culture or motivation, you are definitely treated as a number and never really rewarded for your successes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget to make sure your employees are happy, or all your talent will leave.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Office environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at IBM full-time (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
  10.  

    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 (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
  11.  

    Good place to work, but management seems to fabricate the truth to employees.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Storage Support in Smyrna, GA
    Former Employee - Storage Support in Smyrna, GA

    I worked at IBM full-time (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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