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IBM Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated November 1, 2014
Updated November 1, 2014
12,337 Reviews
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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.  

    It was all fun and games until I was laid off

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

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

    Pros

    IBM teammates are the best ever. There is a common professionalism that I haven't seen since.

    Cons

    They lay employees off strictly because of financial reasons. That's business, though. In the last 10 years, my peers and I were constantly worried about being laid off. This kind of fear does nothing to help morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider retraining current employees instead of laying off. It's difficult to maintain the amazing culture that IBMmers share if employees are under the threat of being laid off.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great to work with

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

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

    Pros

    You learn so much from all the brilliant people around you and there are so many chances to move up the ladder.

    Cons

    The culture is missing something

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Ibm security services will reach 1 billion this year with a 80% annual growth rate

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

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

    Pros

    Outstanding leadership, huge demand in market, ibm investments in security tools, technology, great people and fantastic client base. We cannot hire enough good people! Top mention in last four quarterly earnings reports. This Is Ginnie's chance to take the first new division in 12 years and demonstrate her ability to create a world class business and management consulting organization that will form the core of a transformational practice in ibm driving internal change, creating consultants vs. technicians and focusing on high value management consultanting and delivery services to key industry accounts.

    Cons

    Need more people with high consulting capabilities and aptitude. The focus is on creating world class consultants who listen to clients, conduct a root cause analysis to separate symptoms from root causes. Strong problem solving consultants that can develop strategy and then rapidly deploy and implement change program that transform and deliver measurable improves in our clients business. Professionals that are consultants first and capable of playing a wide range of projects roles with a high degree of success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management supports the vision and we are building it now,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Former IBMer

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

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

    Pros

    Great people who care about their clients. World class technologies that can address most any business or social opportunity/threat.

    Cons

    some in the marketplace view the company as unable to pivot quickly - but they are incorrect

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to develop your next generation of leaders

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    IBM is about as good as it gets

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    Former Employee - Partner in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Partner in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Outstanding people - exceptional integrity. For people who have an opportunity to work for IBM, it remains one of the premier enterprises on the planet

    Cons

    I don't have any real cons. With all of the acquisitions in the past 10 years, more than half the workforce has been with IBM 5 or less years. The culture is not what it was, but I think this is probably true for most companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue with the focus on growing profitiability. Without profit, nothing else is possible

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Career advancement depends on the dept. you are hired into; some open, some closed.

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    Current Employee - Alliance Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Alliance Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    this company will be around for a long time...

    Cons

    Starting to be more numbers oriented than people oriented

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Professional growth is good. Balanced work/life experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Work/life balance.
    Exposure to various things in tech.
    Ability to contribute and drive projects.

    Cons

    The usual that comes with large companies in terms of idea time-to-market.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Knowing how to adapt

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Architect - IBM Sales in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Systems Architect - IBM Sales in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Learn tremendously from the technology
    Many opportunities from within where you can learn from different technology - concentrate on new opportunities - shadow other teams -
    Ability to shine if you work hard - If you prove yourself as a valuable employee you can become a star from within the company - You can become an innovator
    Well treated if you are a good performer
    Great Work Life Balance
    IBM the name

    Cons

    You can feel lost in a huge company if you do not focus
    Need to be able to continuously adapt to new situation
    stressful situation in some instances because it seem hard to find tools
    If you are not an entrepreneur it may be hard

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more tools and training to employee

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Undergrad university hire straight for college and had higher expectations for IBM as a top consultancy.

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    working for a big, global company, participation on Smarter Planet projects, resource manager helps you find projects, leveraging previous IBM assets and tools make work easier and quicker, some big offices (Chicago, NYC, DC, Boston, Dallas) have a good sense of community and plan social events. Get to keep all your frequent flier miles and hotel points.

    Cons

    utilization heavily counted for performance evaluation, most projects only allow 40 hours max be billed to the client (regardless of how many hours over 40 were actually worked). promotions only happen once per year. have to write long project assessments (2-5+ pages) about each role on every project to be included in end of year evaluation. No compensation for continuing education (whether it be for an advance degree, or just attending lectures, conferences, etc). Only associate partners and higher and sales people get mobile access to their email. We are given out-of-date or used laptops and then expected to re-image them ourselves if it crashes. Meal allowance is per city and must report actuals (not allowed to expense flat per diem)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too heavy reliance on utilization yet can only bill 40 hours max to client (even if you actually work more than 40 hours).

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    IBM is a rewarding, challenging, innovative and flexible place to work with great colleagues and customers.

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    Current Employee - Senior Certified IT Specialist Software Techsales in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Certified IT Specialist Software Techsales in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    IBM enables highly motivated individuals to flourish and cultivate rich rewarding careers. High value employees are given the opportunity to thrive in narrow and broad pursuits, across specific disciplines, professions and management paths, depending on the best fit. The company culture is predominantly solid and founded on respect for the individual, innovation, high performance and excellence. IBM rewards top performers with the opportunity to excel technically, professionally and financially. Skills development, work-life-balance and career opportunities abound. No company is perfect, but at IBM the good far outweighs the bad.

    Cons

    Any company that is large enough and diverse enough to cultivate sophisticated products, services and talent has the potential to be complex. It took me >5 years to fully acclimate to IBM's vast network of talent, technology and organizations. Once acclimated, however, the vastness of talent and capability at IBM is by far a net positive to anyone's career aspirations and daily moral.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At any company as large as IBM there is the potential to loose great people if proper and focused retention plans are not adequately funded and applied efficiently. IBM Management needs to do a better job of proactively compensating and nurturing top performers to guard against great people leaving IBM and/or getting burned out.

    Recommends

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