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Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 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  

    "Don't protect the past…which seems to include many of the reasons to work there"

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

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

    Pros

    You have an opportunity to work with some very smart and seasoned people. Benefits are generally good. Depending on your management, you may have an opportunity to move around and manage your career.

    Cons

    Training other than self-study/off-hours is pretty much non-existent due to spending budget restrictions. The internal education site "free classes" are mundane and out-of-date. Morale overall was pretty downtrodden. Every cycle a couple of people would disappear from immediate or matrixes teams in the next resource action, even where no low/mid-performers in revenue-generating roles. No longer a long-term career for most outside of management. Benefits decreasing or disappearing. Managers can limit your mobility within company by identifying you as a "critical" resource based on job-role, but have no means to justify keeping the headcount when the cuts are mandated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Culture and values are spiraling downward. May be great if you make it to the other side of Roadmap 2015, but negatively impacting a large number of quality, performing US workers along the way. Quality and time to delivery is suffering.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Reached a peak of job satisfaction 5-7 years ago, downhill since then

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Architect in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - IT Architect in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Work from home arrangements, Name recognition, dealing with a global team... you will meet everyone from everywhere, but only if you travel on business. Benefits are still good, compared to other places, but being reduced each year.

    Cons

    IBM has a huge work from home culture, however I wouldn't necessarily call it work-life balance, as you are always expected to drop what you are doing 24/7 for conference calls. Your manager may be in another country and from a culture which is not similar to your own... but you will change managers every year and the only thing the new manager will know about you is what your previous manager tells them in the turn-over meeting. I probably had 8 managers in the last decade while staying in the same job role. I only ever met 2 of them in person.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not really worth the time, the band 9 and 10 managers have no power to influence or change anything, and the people above them do not listen to anything from "the ranks"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Extraordinary time constraints, lots of overtime

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Embedded Software Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Embedded Software Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    IBM Name was considered positive, nice to wear IBM badge

    Cons

    Too much overtime, very overworked

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add staff, make realistic schedules

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    It used to be a good company to work for

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    A Well known company. A good place to learn and use new software. There is room for growth depending on your expertise and where you work.

    Cons

    The bulk of the work is being sent out of the united states. They used to use folks in the U.S. to do the work. Now like many other companies, they use India, Brazil etc. They are all about numbers, layoffs and cutting corners. Its not like the old IBM I knew and loved. They let folks go and double the work the current workers have without compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget what made this company, Watson must be rolling around in his grave

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 7 people found this helpful  

    I don't see a long term future for US-based staff

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    I have been able to travel and meet people from all over the world. IBM can look very good on your resume, depending on your job role. IBM is very big on the work at home program, and I have not been into the local IBM office in several years (I usually only end up at an IBM site when I am traveling on business).

    Cons

    I was acquired by IBM in 2002. I have changed managers on average once per year since then and have only ever met two of my managers while I was working for them (I met two others after they were no longer my manager). I normally have to explain to my new manager what I actually do, and they develop their own perceptions based on what the previous manager told them I do... it's kinda like the telephone game, the 2002 manager describes to the 2003 manager what I do, the 2003 manager describes it to the 2004 manager, etc. and they end up with some vague idea of SOME of what you actually do. In the US, there is very little training given, as they seem to be investing heavily in training the "global" resources. The former CEO made a statement at the beginning of 2012 that US workers are not willing to learn anything new so they have had to turn to global resources. There are many IBMers in the US willing and eager to learn, but there is only so much you can do with free computer based training and little investment in classroom training.
    When taking vacations or going on extended assignments, it is your responsibility to find someone else to cover your duties and responsibilities (which is hard if you are the only person on your team who does what you do). It is usually easier for me to just stay "on-call" while on vacation, rather than call in favors to get someone to cover my work and then spend a week catching them up to speed on the multiple projects I am juggling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Morale is dangerously low within IBM US. The majority of people I know, when asked one on one, are looking for other jobs, or they are close enough to retirement that they are sticking it out in hopes that they can make it to retirement prior to being let go. Most of us do not see a future for the US worker based on the 2015 roadmap and IBM's aggressive layoffs in the US, while hiring like crazy in AP (India, Philippines, etc.)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Needs Improvement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Technical Consultant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    well, you gotta go with the flow and be a yes man to survive

    Cons

    Rule 1. The Boss is always right
    Rule 2. If you this you are right, suggest that you look up rule 1.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try and be flexible in your approach. Rigidity breaks down.

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Management is not listening to the workers in the trenches

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Fellow practitioners make IBM a great place to work. The talent is very good and can accomplish anything given the chance.

    Cons

    The company is being run by accountants. Every year there is something else that is reduced which is affecting morale and productivity. Basic software that my customer has that I can't get. I know many people who buy their own copies of software just to do their job we are asked to do. Education is a big complaint as well. And every employee gets animated when we bring up the subject thanks awards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to those in the trenches and see what their pain points are. Help us do our job by giving us the tools necessary to be successful. Stop seeing everything as an expenditure to be cut to meet the bottom line.

    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Big Blue doesn't know how to develop & retain young talent.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    great benefits - health care, 401K
    good starting salary, hard to get laid off unless there is a recession or the company is doing poorly.

    Cons

    senior management does not care about your career. They only care if you are billable.
    Promotions are hard to comeby. If you don't get the right project and role, you have no chance of moving up. Raises are only 2-3% per year unless they determine you're being underpaid compared to the market. When I left IBM, I was getting paid as much as a new college hire even though I had 2+ years under my belt.

    Performance ratings based too much upon utilization. It's not our fault if you can't find a project for us.

    Annual Bonuses are lousy, barely 2%

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need better training and development for collegehires. Don't make them staple papers for the first 3 months or continuously place them in glorified admin roles called project management assistants.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    This is not your father's IBM, and that's too bad.........

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Service Delivery Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Service Delivery Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    IBM used to be a great place to work. They have big company benefits and name recognition which bolster your resume and IBM is highly regarded in the industry. One of the biggest benefits to working for IBM is the ability to work from a home office, which saves you time and money by removing the commute from your daily routine, although IBM does get that commute time back from you in extra hours worked. Another great advantage to working for IBM is exposure to insiders at Fortune 500 companies that may help you in your job search once you're thoroughly disgusted with IBM.

    Cons

    IBM no longer has respect for the individual. Employees are treated as commodities. Benefits have eroded and IBM no longer pays market for their skills. Some items that are touted as benefits (such as tuition reimbursement) are not available for the employee population at large. IBM used to have a pretty good bonus program (variable pay) but the percentages have tumbled even as the stock has risen to a 7 year high. IBM touts itself as a company that supports work-life balance, but the truth of the matter is that they've laid off so many people that the folks that are left (that haven't been reclassified as non-exempt workers) are forced to work more hours to get the same job done. Also, IBM lags other companies in their own leveraging of technology. My advice: if you have a comparable offer elsewhere, take it. If you work for IBM in the US and haven't already been offshored, it's just a matter of time.

    IBM is so process-heavy that it can't get out of it's own way. People in IBM use the "process" to avoid doing the right thing for the customer. Way too much red tape for my taste and the customer always takes a back seat to whatever IBM's pet program is at the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Scrap the current review system (PBC = Personal Business Commitments) and find some other way to rate employees. Most managers don't really know what their employees do on a day to day basis and the remote workplace creates a challenge to fairly evaluate employees.

    Create some sort of program that keeps employees' pay level with inflation. I've received a total of 3% raises in the past year (which is more than most people received within IBM) but my out of pocket expenses for my own benefits (health insurance) have increased faster than my pay. Cost of living raises would go a long way.

    Walk the talk - create an atmosphere with respect for the individual. Value the employees that made this company successful, instead of laying them off in favor of offshore resources.

    Offer more equity-based programs - it appears that stock options and grants have all but disappeared. There is nothing here to retain good employees. IBM's name is no longer enough.

    Allow employees the latitute to take care of the customer, instead of hiding behind process. Let's see how well we can delight the customer with our superior service and make them happy to pay the premium rate, instead of hiding behind programs such as LEAN and trying to get away with delivering the least amount of service possible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    IBM is not a people company unless you live in India

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Operations Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Business Operations Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Flexibility. You can work from home and live anywhere.

    Cons

    A HUGE percentage of the jobs are being oursourced to other countries. There is little funding for employee education. This is not a people company anymore. They just want you to work overtime all the time. There is constantly this unspoken message that you better be happy that you have a job because we can outsource your job any day now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become more customer focused and not just quarterly financial focused. Listen to your customers and delight them. Give them more then they expect. Focus more on their needs vs. IBM's needs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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