IBM Reviews in Houston, TX

Updated July 15, 2014
Updated July 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 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.  

    CURRENT & Future employment

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

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

    Pros

    Great people in S&D and excellent MGT... GBS could use some classes in how to treat employees with respect and not verbal abuse - Just a few bad apples and it rolls down from there. But other manager are great and will help you all they can!! Some of the smartest people in the world!

    Cons

    You work in your job description and that is about it.. NOT too much room to branch out BUT lots of mobility across the silos after your 2 year commitment. Be sure you manage your our career as it is up to you to get ahead... Negotiate pay on the way in as in sales... that is where your base stays.... ONE you leave - you will be labeled "IBM" and the employer will assume you cannot sell without the entire BUS.. so other jobs are difficult to get... but you will get lots of interviews since IBM has good reputation..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    explain to employees that they need to manage their own careers as their managers will not...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Technician

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Team Lead in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Technical Team Lead in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Pay is very competitive and benefits are good

    Cons

    Time spent working can be consuming

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Sound, Pioneer Company that is dedicated to training it's employees

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

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

    Pros

    Big emphasis on training it's employees if you are in a customer facing role whether it is sales or technical it is required that you not only attend but pass Global Sales School and it is intense!

    Cons

    Big emphasis on reports, certifications in your field. If you're in a technical role your success is contingent on your sales specialists success and your bonus payout is paid quarterly. You are ranked among your peers and pay grade so, there is no guarantee that you will get a payout. Pay raises are only given to the top 1%

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    It was truly a learning experience for me

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

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

    Pros

    They take every action to ensure your success. They value training

    Cons

    To rigid, uptight, business casual atmosphere but still has the blue suit white shirt, red tie mentality

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Company is Awesome.

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

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

    Pros

    Work Culture, work life Balance, Job Security, Travelling opportunities, Career Advance, Training for Self Improvements

    Cons

    Work Pressure, Too much Travel, Hectic day to day assignments

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Accounting company that happens to sell technology.

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

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good people
    Generally good management
    Ethical and fair
    Good technology

    Cons

    As an accounting company, expenses are managed maniacally
    Being so big, things move and change very slowly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep hiring new folks to add more agility to the organization. Don't obsess over expenses (including comp plans) which degrade morale.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Wonderful company to work for so far

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

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

    Pros

    Cross training unlimited - You can be sure to be valuable after working here

    Cons

    Too much documentation/ paperwork required per on weekly/monthly basis

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe have phone apps for those tasks involving consultant paperwork to make it less stringent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Complex projects, intelligent collegaues, difficult work life balance

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to gain tremenedous experience via complex projects while challlenging yourself by developing innovative solutions. Top notch collegues, good people to work with.

    Cons

    Work/life balance not great. Annual pay raises and bonuses doesn't even keep up with inflation. Training opprtunites not widely avaialble.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create opportunites to promote from within.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    IBM is a great place to gain exposure to the challenges businesses face.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Work / Life Balance, Steady income, decent benefits

    Cons

    Not going to make your fortune here, very bureaucratic, move at a much slower pace than other companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to empower the front line

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work

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

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    The atmosphere and coworkers were phenominal. Had a Great time here, a nice work pace as well without too much drama.

    Cons

    At times there could be very little work to be done. This was not a failure of work to be done, but a failure from upper level management to approve said work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It does take quite a while to gain approval or permission to get some simple things done. Also there needs to be more communication between departsments to keep tools and equipment in assigned places.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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