IBM Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Great for Resume not for Life

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Client Technical Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Client Technical Specialist in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    IBM hires some of the most talented professionals & industry experts who genuinely care about their work, their customers and their peers. The relationships you build while at IBM are lasting.

    Cons

    Initial Challenges: on boarding professional hires. Navigating & finding the right resources can be difficult. The onboard process as a whole has room for much improvement.
    Constantly changing.. Not always in a positive direction.
    Lacks career stability. With the annual layoffs, it's not a place where you are an exception. Regardless of whether you're new or have been employed for years.
    Lotus Notes.
    Overall very unorganized.

    Advice to Management

    Stop posting jobs. Quit claiming growth & "searching for talent" when you layoff 100's of 1000's of talented and exceptionally qualified employees.
    Don't give your layoffs pet names. Try to keep some humanity.

  2. Helpful (2)

    Company Review

    Current Employee - Service Delivery Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Service Delivery Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at IBM

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to learn
    Flexible work timings

    Cons

    Bad compensation
    lack of vision among manages

  3. Your salary offer better be high --- because that is what you will be making a few years down the line.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Transformation Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Business Transformation Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Literally the only pro I can think of at IBM is that it is a well-known company with a good(although inaccurate) reputation. However, that reputation is starting to sour in order to reflect the companies modern day business dealings. In all other instances, it pales compared to other firms.

    Cons

    You will never get a raise. When you ask your manager why you have not received any sort of raise in two years(not even an inflation adjustment) , be prepared for them to respond that they have not received any sort of raise in an even longer amount of time.

    Advice to Management

    Hold yourselves accountable for the companies dwindling performance. When strategy is not working, be flexible and willing to change. Realize that you are the problem.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    It's worse than you think....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Pays reasonably well. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Too big to succeed. Finance driven organization. Looking from the inside it's no surprise why the company is performing so poorly. Constant change. Teams bumping into each other. No clear direction. Blogs, blogs, blogs. The most process-bound organization I have ever been a part of.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in some real sales leadership. Get serious about cloud and stop just paying lip service to it.

  6. Once Great Institution, Titanic Momentum

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Unix, Cloud in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Unix, Cloud in New York, NY

    I worked at IBM

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Big, Many Customers who still think "No one got fired for buying IBM" (That is changing) are still providing forward motion, but with quickly decelerating momentum.

    Cons

    Big, Too Late to Too Many Things. Slow moving, Top Down oriented model, with seeming seriously lacking leadership at numerous levels. Atmosphere of fear, and back stabbing of long time high achievers. Killing their best by finger pointing, and blaming everyone but high level leadership.

    Advice to Management

    It's too late. Appears to be a company on a death spiral. The Titanic was supposed to be unsinkable too, but it appears one of the greats is going down, and quicker than you'd want to believe. Jump off while there is still time.

  7. Used to be a great place to work. Not any more.

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There is some opportunity to work from home.

    Cons

    The company was founded on a culture of "Respect for the individual". That is all gone. People are viewed, and described as resources. With constant layoffs, minimal raises, and few promotions morale is at an all time low. Most live in fear they are next for the layoff ax. If you are looking for a place to work, look somewhere else.

    Advice to Management

    Start treating your employees like you actually care about them. They are your biggest asset. Across the board I see employees being yelled at and insulted by senior management . The culture has become management by fear. Fix the corrupt appraisal system. It's a scandal how it is used and abused. Bring respect back to the IBM culture.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Lowest Pay in the Market

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

    I have been working at IBM

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Large organization with a vast selection of learning opportunities and great non-monetary

    Cons

    Lowest pay in the market

    Advice to Management

    Don't be just competitive with your pay, make it the best of the industry and talent will flow naturally.

  9. Helpful (2)

    Should be NO STARS

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Communications Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Communications Manager in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are no pros to working at a company that devalues employees, bullies you into working 80 hours a week. Only good ones left are so burnt out they don't have the energy to update their resumes

    Cons

    no raises
    no promotions
    no values
    no training
    no future
    no leaders that have any skills
    abusive cuthroat enviroment
    unprofessional behaviour

    Advice to Management

    board of directors needs to eliminate every level of management and above

  10. Helpful (1)

    Its not even a company... its just a manifestation of numbers and the cheapest politics..

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Dont include this section when it is a review for IBM

    Cons

    Even good humans become evil and are driven to act harshly on subordinates... Subordinates are seen only in terms of numbers and not people... There may come a time when PBC would include how many times you say "yes sir" to a manager....
    until the below goes away, IBM shares and all business will not go up:

    -- Remove the flawed PBC system through which real good employees are filtered out and race course investors are filtered in...
    -- dismiss useless managers who just parrot out and do not show any originality..for example: "Apples and oranges"
    -- invest more in the hardware business and innovate in that.. rather than cloud and other ventures.... instead these could be given a parallel focus..
    -- either dont acquire more companies or if you acquire, shut up and bring them up, than dissolving it eventually as you dont know how to manage it... atleast they were coming up well before acquiring and were helpful to the world.. you are destroying them to make up to your numbers... Jesus will not take this for long..
    -- Ginni must resign and a younger and sensible CEO must be "nominated" by people...who would not focus on showing numbers and pocketing numbers..

    As of today, IBM feels like a jail and feels when we get out of this PBC exhibition sweat shop...

    Most companies dont prefer hiring IBMes due to the long notice and mostly due to the culture and split jobs that does not give complete bandwidth of experience any job would need...

    Advice to Management

    Resign and reform afresh... flush out your PBC system and come up with something more employee friendly... appraise your employees and treat them like humans..reduce the number of people for completing one single job..hire less number of managers and dont make things driven completely by a manager..cut down your processes.. reinvent the tools employees work on.. focus more on this aspect to make work more qualitative..make numbers visible to employees than just the higher management...AND make coffee tea free...

  11. Not innovative

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

    I have been working at IBM

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work anywhere in the world. Customer exposure.

    Cons

    Technology is behind the industry, not innovative. Excessive bureaucratic processes block delivery of products to market. Increasingly hostile work environment for workers over 40.

    Advice to Management

    Reward for positive results.

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