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IBM Reviews in Houston, TX

Updated November 4, 2014
Updated November 4, 2014
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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  

    Poor Pay, Terrible working conditions

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consulting IT Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Consulting IT Specialist in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    None that I can think of

    Cons

    Too Much Travel. Not proper work/life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let HR run the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad place for contractors, stay away!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Information Security Advisor in Houston, TX
    Current Contractor - Information Security Advisor in Houston, TX

    I have been working at IBM as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Depending on the position, you get to work from home. That's the only good thing depending on how you look at it.

    Cons

    IBM never gives you advance notice before your contract expires, so you always find out on the last day that you are gone! They usually hire you for a year contract then sometimes renew it until the day you find out your contract is over (often times managers know ahead of time when your contract will expire, but they do not tell the contractors because they want to use the contractors until the last day so that it won't hurt the business). Also, you are always in a furlough, every year! They will cut your hours as low as 25 hours/week, which is impossible for someone to make a living. They want you to work like an animal and what you hear during the interview process is not what you will be doing; they will add more work to your plate. You end up not making what you are supposed to be making due to furlough, no holiday pay, no overtime, etc. Forget about getting hired full-time; this will never happen regardless of how many years you work there as a contractor. You won't get any help from management either because executives are making all the decisions. Managers treat the contractors like garbage; they only support "regular" employees!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    not your fathers IBM

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SSR in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - SSR in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    You get pretty decent benefits. First line management seems to care about their group. peers are willing to help you out.

    Cons

    low pay. callouts every weekend. upper management does not seem to care. every day there seems to be a new direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    retire

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't make the mistake of planning a career at IBM or it will cost you dearly.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Houston, TX

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Recognition in marketplace.
    All the Computer Base Training you want.

    Cons

    There is not any "off" time. There is an expectation for additional work and your professional training to be done on your personal time. The tenet of "Respect for Individual" may come from the top but it is mocked by the first line managers in their execution.
    Diversity forced down your throat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The managers should have an incentive in their compensation structure, validated by their reports, that they are actually supporting the work/life balance. As opposed to the tongue in cheek message that is clearly conveyed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    IBM STG SUCKS -- BIG TIME

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Really Does Not Matter in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Really Does Not Matter in Houston, TX

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    None! Things were good in late 90s when everything was rosy. Now the environment has made pathetic by management with blatant bias.

    Cons

    Everything is a downside unless you are a genious .. Else you need to be "ingenious" to make it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    RESIGN!

    Doesn't Recommend

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