IBM Reviews in Houston, TX

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
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Pros
  • Work from home 2 days/week if you have to commute over 45 minutes to the office (in 1308 reviews)

  • Work life balance ( Work from home) & wider opportunity if you have good network (in 1281 reviews)


Cons
  • Though the company espouses work life balance there is no getting away from work (in 414 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 208 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great Company to start with hard to move up ranks

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

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

    Pros

    Starting Compensation - Coming out of college the salary is much more than most companies offer.
    Having the IBM name on your resume
    Flexibility with working from home

    Cons

    Tough to move up the ladder -
    Management out of touch
    Hardly any perks - Over the years IBM has gradually ripped the employee benefits one by one. To the point where there are little to no incentives outside of your salary.
    Extremely tough to get a raise

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Not like what it used to be

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

    I have been working at IBM as a contractor (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Still get to work alongside some wonderful and intelligent people.

    Cons

    The management team (especially in corporate) no longer cared about the employees, they just cared about meeting their numbers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back into caring about the employees, that's what made the company great in the first place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    completed contract

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

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    IBM Strategic Outsourcing is making good head way on re-focusing on the cost, value and customer stat needs. The tools are getting better for project management.

    Cons

    I have trained so many global resources that I should be considered a member of another country! That being said, being a U.S. PM - you should consider moving to other employment options. The reason is obvious ($$/rubee/Yuan …) are not in your favor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think U.S. Management at the lower levels have to be pretty tired due to RIF and consolidated groups - my compassion is great to them. As for upper management - they are trying to find the next product that will keep them in the game. The last major trick was massive out-sourcing in 1990' to mid 2006 -- and they are late to the cloud party. It will be interesting to see how this pays out - good luck!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Not exactly the company I envisioned.

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

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

    Pros

    Medical and dental insurance were good. Company sought to grow it's consulting business, but it's not happening fast enough to keep up with competitors.

    Cons

    In my division there was very little growth. Most jobs were migrating to India or South America. During the 12 years I was employed, I probably only received a small raise very other year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I realize that the business is global, but IBM needs to start caring about it's employees as people, not as just a body filling a chair.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Leader in (Reducing) Employee Benefits

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

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    IBM provides good employee benefits but they are also leader in reducing cost by introducing some interesting policy twists. It has a lot of good internal opportunities. Good learning opportunities for new and upcoming technologies

    Cons

    IBM is a slow adopter of new technologies and is a follower in the industry. Very slow growth and currently undergoing lot of cost cutting measures. Lot of pressure on employees to meet the 2015 roadmap. Long term development goals are sacrificed to make the quarter

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Long-time employee with consistent always highly rated employee; didn't matter as I was forced to take early retirement.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Professionalism of co-workers and employees.

    Cons

    Employees are a means to an end. Respect for and support of employees is "slim to none."

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good Company Poor Project Management

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of Projects
    Good Learning Opportunity
    Better Growth Prospective

    Cons

    Definetly not true if we look at overall company, but here is what experienced in my one project with IBM :-

    Poor project planning
    Unnecessary call for weekend work
    Poor work life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Project status might be green only on paper but not in reality. I will suggest upper management to be more diligence when reviewing this kind of reports.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Overall, satisfactory. The company is so big that you feel as if you simply are just a number. Not much development.

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Good work/life balance. Company has unlimited training resources at your disposal if you are in selected fields only, however.

    Cons

    Feel just like a number. If not a research scientist or in sales, you feel as if your contribution is not worth much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to develop "all" of your people, not just a select few.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Don't get stuck on the wrong project

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

    I have been working at IBM full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits, Discounts(personal traveling) and Pay

    Cons

    If you get stuck on a long-term project(10+ years) it is hard to roll-off

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    It was a great company few years ago, now it is mediocre

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

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    IBM exp Looks good on resume, there are lot of great people who you can learn a lot on the projects

    Cons

    too big, lousy internal IBM team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation is below the market level, need to stay competitive with the market

    Approves of CEO

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