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IBM Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated December 4, 2014
Updated December 4, 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.  

    Still the market leaders despite the lack of vision

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    Current Employee - Brand Specialist in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Brand Specialist in Naperville, IL

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

    Pros

    Bright, intelligent, compassionate colleagues who for the most part, enjoy what they do.

    Cons

    Lacking in vision and insights into client needs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clients are desperate to find lower cost solutions that they perceive to have value

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Stay inside "The Box"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Working from Home and time management. Most of the direct managers are good and give you the flexibility to do you job. Management is good at giving you a work-life balance. At the end of the day, as long as the job is done!

    Cons

    They don't ask or want you to think "Outside the box" Only focus on your area, your cube, your space. They preach the need for new ideas, but aren't willing to consider them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to really challenge your staff to do something different and work smarter. Be willing to invest more time and energy in the development of young talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Beginnings

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Secretary in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Secretary in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    If you like the Corp environment, you may find this a wonderful choice. It has been some time since my employment but this was the epitome of first class. Good pay, work environment and staff.

    Cons

    Machines (technology) replaced many of our jobs. I see it in the grocery and big box stores. Self check-out equals loss of employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be well-intuned; say what you mean and mean what you say. Some disconnect.

    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Long time IBMer with experience in different divisions and positions within IBM.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Variety in job opportunity, possible to reinvent yourself and access to the best research department in the world.

    Cons

    Difficult to navigate, achievement is available to those who spend their time self-promoting and networking. The commitment to IBM is 24x7, difficult to have work-life balance. IBM and their clients demand real-time anytime access and response making it almost impossible to vacation or have time away with family with out taking conference calls and doing follow ups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IBM is cutting too deep(layoffs) and unable to maintain client commitments burning employees along the way. This is not a sustainable strategy for the type of growth needed to keep reputation with wall street and close deals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Strange Trip

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Smart People, Great Benefits Incredible Knowledge base In-house

    Cons

    Company is throwing everyone to the alligators in order to hit roadmap 2015 earnings target. Major brain drain of late- which is sad

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Big Company, Consulting Division Employees Disposable

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, great place to start a career, opportunities to work for and impact fortune 500 companies through consulting services if you can build up a reputation where managers are willing to bring you on multiple projects. Great resume builder. If you can land the right project/client you will work with nice colleagues and maintain a manageable balance/travel schedule.

    Cons

    High burn-out rate, very limited training on solutions or methodologies for which you are labeled as experienced or experts in for your clients, limited opportunities for advancement without getting the right type of project experience and exposure with partners. Big blue can replace you with a new grad in an instant. Long-term retention and grooming isn't the goal in the consulting arm. But that's consulting for you. Many times your ability to get promoted is based on how well your manager can vouch for you in the annual reviews in addition to your utilization. It may be rare that you've ever met, worked with, or seen your manager. Work life/balance depends entirely on the management of your individual projects. I worked on projects that required 12 hours days on client site and weekend hours/conference calls. Some of my projects were in the realm of extremely unhealthy - no balance whatsoever. I found trouble projects to be common due to poorly written contracts and our delivery on our promises. IBM had to throw consultants at troubled projects, at any expense to their employees well-being. I've also been placed on some of the most successfully run, long term projects and it's a different world. It's the luck of the draw and it depends entirely on factors you can't really control. A good network can help you navigate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Utilization isn't everything, even if it's what puts money in your pocket. Do something about the skimpy raise and bonuses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    no longer the great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, ability to work at home. Sometimes the Global nature of the job is interesting, but that also means work time can be outside of normal business hours.

    Cons

    Employees feel like they could be let go any quarter. NO raises in three years! Management is only interested in covering for themselves, not in their direct reports

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember the customer. It's not always about the cost cutting. Customer Sat fails when the bottom line is all that matters.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    It could've been better.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Clean, great benefits, lots of people, busy, innovative, motivating, lots of opportunities

    Cons

    It was very stressful at times. Sometimes they wanted me to work overtime when I have already requested time off. There were some inappropriate behavior.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people! Need more leadership and clear expectations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Sales

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Sales in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Software Sales in Chicago, IL

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Best of breed technology. Great brand recognition for sales.

    Cons

    Progressing a deal internally can be challenging. Cohesive integration and understanding of constant acquisitions challenging for sales and customers to understand. Compensation for internal employees who get promoted is minimal

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    working for IBM

    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    having the IBM on your resume

    Cons

    there is no job security, ability to promote or choose your path... they put you where they want to when they have an open requirement.

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