IBM Reviews

Updated June 24, 2015
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Pros
  • You can work from home or office (when you are in town) (in 1347 reviews)

  • Depending on projects - excellent work-life balance (in 1315 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is basically non existent (in 423 reviews)

  • Senior management has lost it's sense of what the corporate mission is (in 214 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Delivery Project Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Delivery Project Executive in Chicago, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great people to work with, lots of experience to gain. Great place to learn ITIL fundamentals and how they are implemented differently in the various IT environments out there

    Cons

    We have become a commodity item. Innovation is needed, need greater flexibility to move quickly in a changing business environment.

    Advice to Management

    Quit chasing EPS and let's get back to basics. Recent Ventures with companies such as Apple will be beneficial.


  2. Business Development

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Zurich, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Zurich, IL

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Continuous learning culture. High integrity and business ethics. All in all very professional organization.

    Cons

    A lot of internal meetings. The size of the organization makes it a lot more impersonal than I would like. No such thing as an annual sales meeting.

    Advice to Management

    Create a mentoring culture where it is an obligation for every employee to be a mentor and have a mentor.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Cloud channel sales

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Many career choices..and many good people in a few of the brands

    Cons

    Hard to get anything done..everyone positioning..mostly optics until qtr end

    Advice to Management

    Don't suffocate people who want to challenge the "machine". The machine needs an upgrade


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  5. Helpful (1)

    In transition. There is hope

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Dundee, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Dundee, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexibility to work from home

    Cons

    Long hours and dwindling pay raises

    Advice to Management

    Empower employees to make decisions


  6. All the eggs in one basket

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work at home program is excellent.
    Benefits are decent

    Cons

    Right now IBM positioned themselves behind one product line Cloud & Watson.
    Even thought they lost money last year, their CEO got a $3.6 Million bonus. :(

    Advice to Management

    Need to broaden your product base. You have sold too much off.


  7. IT Architect

    Former Employee - IT Architect in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - IT Architect in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Work life flexibility. Prestigious company. Good co-workers.

    Cons

    Unethical handling of employees. Minimal raises and decreasing benefits. Lack of strategy in some lines of business

    Advice to Management

    Communicate strategy to employees


  8. Good place to work overall

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, good benefits, some cool projects. Good learning opportunities, interesting work environment.

    Cons

    Long hours at times, high turnover, small fish in a big pond.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees making decisions. Be more open towards career path. Incentavize better at lower levels.


  9. Good company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Des Plaines, IL
    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Des Plaines, IL

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This company is flexible in work

    Cons

    I feel there is lots of politics

    Advice to Management

    Please avoid politics


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great place to learn on the job. More and More Miserly across the board.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at IBM

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, very bright and lots of R&D. Health and 401K are very good, except that they moved to giving the company match only at the end of the year - so either you stay and get it or you loose it. You also loose the benefit of investing through the year instead of one day. Flexibility is great and IBM knows how to get work done, irrespective of where you are (home, beach, office).

    Cons

    Employees are not given good incentives and growth opportunities are not even. Too much work for very little monetary rewards. Some have been lucky to be in positions that have great rewards.

    Advice to Management

    Its not all about the Stock market price. Look within.


  11. Good Company if you can handle the Bureaucracy

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Brand Portfolio Seller in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Brand Portfolio Seller in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Many smart people at IBM. Especially in the R&D and product management organizations.
    Global reach. Great name recognition.
    Great benefits including 401K matching.
    Opportunities for younger staff members to learn and grow from more seasoned veterans.

    Cons

    100% Self-service culture. No administrative support. Must learn complex processes on your own via trial and error.
    Constant change to account lists, product mix, and reporting structures makes continuity challenging.
    Some products are great, market-leading and cutting edge. Others are terribly stale and based on old technology.
    Size of organization creates many highly complex processes for everything. Even the simplest of tasks often seem terribly complex and take an inordinate amount of time.
    For example, getting a quote approved with special terms to go through a channel partner can be a 1-2 week process. 3 business days if you expedite and invest hours walking it through the approval process.

    Advice to Management

    Simplify your processes to streamline sales operations in order to remain competitive.
    Keep people on the same accounts for an extended period of time to allow them to build relationships.
    Provide administrative assistance to high paid employees so they are not spending their time doing mundane tasks.



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