IBM Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
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Pros
  • Work from home 2 days/week if you have to commute over 45 minutes to the office (in 1283 reviews)

  • Work life balance ( Work from home) & wider opportunity if you have good network (in 1264 reviews)


Cons
  • Though the company espouses work life balance there is no getting away from work (in 401 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 205 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Strange Trip

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    • Senior Management
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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 for more than a 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
  2. 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 for 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
  3.  

    no longer the great place to work

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

    I have been working at IBM full-time for 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
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  5.  

    It could've been better.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Chicago, IL

    I worked at IBM full-time for 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
  6.  

    Sales

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Sales  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Software Sales in Chicago, IL

    I worked at IBM full-time for 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
  7.  

    working for IBM

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

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

  8.  

    Tough Climate

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to learn new technologies. Education is pushed heavily, so if you want to learn the IBM product stack, you'll have the opportunity.

    Cons

    Where to start? The 2015 business plan is sucking the life out of employees. Raises are almost non-existant (even for top performers), as is any type of bonus payout. Resources consistently leave, and there is almost no headcount to replace (at least in most areas). The emphasis is driving EPS for stockholders, with little to no regard for the employee.
    IBM has been in business a long time, and I'm sure they will weather this storm, and at some point change strategy. But I don't see that happening in the next few years, which gives me no confidence in them as a current employer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good... but not great

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Managing Strategy Consultant  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Managing Strategy Consultant in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    IBM does so many things you could potentially stay in the company your whole career and have 10 different job roles in 10 different areas of the business.

    Cons

    IBM has aligned itself with a 2015 roadmap that's great for shareholders, but horrible for employees. Costs are continually being cut, resource actions are annual when they are not quarterly, and decisions are becoming less and less strategic and more and more tactical.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a long hard think about whether a 2020 roadmap will make sense. It can be argued that all the value from the current roadmap was achieved with cost-cutting and stock buy backs. EPS numbers could be hit with growth initiatives instead of cost cutting initiatives if a little faith (and cash) was invested in your employees.

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

    unstable

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

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

    Pros

    Diversity. Well known company.
    Reputable. great tools. well respected by customers.

    Cons

    Not very team oriented. Not very stable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Inactive Management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Overall good, direct managers have large impact on experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Delivery Project Executive  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Delivery Project Executive in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good, lots of online training available

    Cons

    Focus on finances at times over delivery quality and customer satisfaction

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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