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IBM Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
12,362 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    A heaping pile of steaming ineptness with a large dose of being dysfunctional

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

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

    Pros

    The pros are, corporate America is seeing that this rudderless ship is not able to innovate or lead in the technology space. Companies see first hand that IBM is now an accounting company. They rely on revenue streams by playing with accounting plus auditing thousands of their valued customers. They will not grow without leveraging these two tricls

    Cons

    A reality show called "Lord of the Flies". Upper and Middle management are worthless and are paralyzed by their sheer inability to push back on upper management. Daily cadence calls, asking what time deals are closing is ludicrous but yet, this is a common practice by these crazy accountants (managers). I am interested in seeing what happens come January

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your CVs on the street. I see a ton of ugliness on the horizon.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Sweatshop

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

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

    Pros

    Brand recognition
    Looks good on your resume

    Cons

    Absolutely no concern for the wellbeing or career development of the employee
    No career path
    Very top-heavy with non-value-add management layers
    Underbids consulting work consistently to win, then requires extraordinary levels of effort to deliver
    Cost pressures drive management to only look at you as a number. Individuals do not matter.
    Co-workers resign during long-term projects, and leave the team to still try to meet deadlines

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop relying on your brand name and improve the fundamentals of how you deliver service. Undue focus on the numbers at the expense of employees is not a short- or long-term strategy to win. It will cost you in reputation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    I was hired as part of an outsourcing

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Unix Systems Engineer in Downers Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Unix Systems Engineer in Downers Grove, IL

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

    Pros

    I accepted an offer so that I could continue to support the client that hired me. 98% of my support roll was off shored to another country. Our team was left with very little to support.

    Cons

    Not sure where career was going or could go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Could have worked other accounts but those opportunities did not present themselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    lies lies and excuses when it comes to raises or promotions.

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

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

    Pros

    stay away. ibm sucks big time. the only good thing is co workers.

    Cons

    management.
    ibm milks clients dry.
    lies to its employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop being useless and just do what you are told. try to have more control.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    Know what you are getting yourself into

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

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Internal opportunities within company. Work from home on Friday.

    Cons

    Work is uninteresting and more systems-related than strategy work (i.e. purpose of strategy group is to sell system implementation work).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest to hires on what typical projects will involve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Is IBM a place to work for?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    It is a paying job to pay the bills.

    Cons

    Working over 48+ week, have to make up time if you take education or vacation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give us good news instead of not telling the truth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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