IBM Reviews

Updated July 16, 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. Sr. Consultant

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    Former Employee - ST Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - ST Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at IBM full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people; company provides great benefits and opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    Sometimes too many management changes too quickly reduces accountability for long-term results from short term decisions/actions.

    Advice to Management

    When someone begins an important project, make sure they stay in the position long enough to be accountable for it long term.


  2. HR

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Work Life Balance, Work from home

    Cons

    Hard advancement in very large organization


  3. master of the universe

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Forklift Operator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Forklift Operator in Chicago, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    the free food was great

    Cons

    not enough free food for the team

    Advice to Management

    find a new job


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  5. Sr. SAP HCM Consultany

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior SAP HCM Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior SAP HCM Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at IBM

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, great work culture

    Cons

    No bonus for the last 3 years

    Advice to Management

    Too much other things consultants have to do. e.g .Expenses are a headache.


  6. It was all fun and games until I was laid off

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  7. Great to work with

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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


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

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Management supports the vision and we are building it now,


  9. 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Continue to develop your next generation of leaders


  10. IBM is about as good as it gets

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Partner in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Partner in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


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

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Starting to be more numbers oriented than people oriented

    Advice to Management

    None



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