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Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
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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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Success is not an option

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    The flexible policy for allowing employees to work remotely is a relief to a long commute into the office. They offer good benefits to full time employees. I enjoy the work I perform, and there is good camaraderie amongst most employees

    Cons

    Based on which division and management you work for, your experience may not be the same.

    "Work/Life Balance" does not exist. The projects are always chaotic and almost never meet the contracted deadlines. Employees are worked to the point of burn out, due to a serious lack of project management skills and understanding of the client's industry.

    Managers come and go like a revolving door due to poor project management. There have been no less than 10 management changes in the last 2 years alone. Brown nosing is commonly accepted, and those who do, are rewarded with above par ratings, no matter their actual experience or lack of contribution to the projects.

    Forget raises, they are non-existent, but the expectation is that you will give all your time to the "company". Too many have sacrificed family, social lives and vacations to meet last minute timelines. Gender discrimination has been and continues be a serious issue, without any intervention from upper management, HR always takes the low road, by not protecting employees. Career advancement is frowned upon, and suggestions for improvement is not encouraged.

    For those who refuse to brown nose, you will reap the wrath in your review. The review rating system is ridiculous and unfair. Employees are never rated on their individual accomplishments and contributions, but instead rated against others who lack the skills required for the job. The current system allows managers too much leverage to to discriminate, since they are never held to proving anything stated in an employee's review. The IBM motto is, "Someone has to be 3 (worst rating before being fired). So unless you are on the "Manager's list", you will be at the mercy of a manger who may not like you, for whatever reason. If being female puts one at a disadvantage, then having a female manager give new insight into what power will do to a woman moving up the ranks.

    Out of 9 years working at IBM, the last 4 have been nothing but torture. I work like a dog all year long, only to have it totally undermined at the end of the year. Communication between employee and manager has not existed until 6 months ago, but still employees are blind sided at year's end.

    It's no wonder that so many employees and businesses are leaving iBM. Seriously, who wants to do business or work for an institution on their last leg to survive and rated as the worst company in America. I am so ready to leave the status quo mediocrity, disrespect and and unprofessionalism that abounds. I am excited about my future outside these walls

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop turning a blind eye to what is happening to your projects and employees.. Communication and respect are essential to making a successful company. Teach your managers that they are responsible for the business and in doing so, this does not give them the right to use that power to boost their own personal inadequacies.
    Jobs are plentiful, and those employees who have endured years of unnecessary disrespect, will leave you without looking back.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Lack of leadership from CEO and Senior Executives

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

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

    Pros

    For me, the best part about working for IBM are the people on my team. We work well together and I have to say, the majority of the people I have to work with are top notch and good people. Unfortunately, there are not too many other "pros" i can come up with.

    Cons

    Our CEO and senior executives have a total lack of leadership. In the past few years the company has used much of it's profit to simply buy back stock to prop up the EPS. Revenues have been declining and instead of investing more in the company (and some to their employees), they consistently buy back stock. With their stock grants, they have all made tens of millions of dollars. Revenues are declining quarterly, yet they still get the big bucks. The employees typically work quite a bit of OT and over the last few years there have been minimal to no raises, the cashed out pension is stuck making T-Bill +1% with no opportunity to select where to invest it and it's value is way below the target value that was given to me years ago when I was cashed out. IBM puts some dollars into a medical account which is supposed to help purchase medical insurance through the IBM plan after you retire. Unfortunately you don't get the money unless you are 55 and at least 15 years of service. There are many of us with over 30 years of service but are not yet 55 and we wouldn't get a dime for healthcare. These are just some examples of how the company tries to take every penny away from the employee while the top few reap the rewards.

    Every year the company also has "Resource Actions" which are run under the guise that people with poor skills are being let go so they can hire those with the necessary skills. It is a lie and only done to hire cheaper labor. There are MANY people they have fired and then hired back as contractors because they needed them. If their skills were so bad, why did they take them back?

    I would not recommend this company to anyone. If you are young and can't find another job, then by all means work there, get some experience and get out as soon as possible. The company talks about growing talent and continually improving skills but they don't follow through, there hasn't been any budget for education is the last 10 - 15 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IBM used to pride itself on respect for the individual, the turn to total disrepect for the individual is ruining the company and people's morale is at an all time low. If you would concentrate on keeping your customers happy and treat your employees with some respect, the rest would follow. True leaders lead by example.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    IBM is on track to continue its decline in 2015

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

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Ability to work as a mobile employee. Benefits are average, however compensation is not competitive. Opportunity to change jobs without leaving the company.

    Cons

    Employees are not viewed as assets but rather as resources. There is an "I" in team where the objective is to survive the next round of layoffs. IBM is bleeding business and customers every quarter. It's a revolving door where there is a constant stream of talent leaving. Essentially it is a lumbering elephant that is without leadership, vision, strategy or direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect and support your rank and file. The path to growth is not fueled by financial engineering or layoffs. Being a politician is not a prerequisite for being a good manager. Agility and the ability to innovate and deliver is impossible in an organization heavy in incompetent leadership and management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    IBM Not the IBM any longer

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

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

    Pros

    Big company, many resource you can leverage theoretically.

    Cons

    but it is just in theory.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. get rid of ridiculous /obsoleted / stupid process.
    2. simplify the necessary process
    3. focus on result rather than the process.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    IBM did value employees but no longer considers their people to be an asset

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

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Name brand recognition. The name on the resume still carries some respect in the market place.

    Cons

    Unrealistic utilization expectations. Review cycle is unjust. Ratings based on a scale of 1 (highest) through 4 (lowest). Regardless of performance X % of employees are ranked in 2-4 slots.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect the individual, institute work life balance policies, reward for performance. Fairly rate / review contributions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Still a great company, but fiefdom at the top

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

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

    Pros

    Outstanding people, most leaders and executives (Directors and VPs) are reasonable, want to help clients and partners, and WIN for the company. "The world is your oyster" ---- one of the most global companies, the exposure and experience you gain is incredible and eye opening if you do it right. Great career opportunities due to the diversity. Amazing client focus - IBM will go all out to ensure clients are successful, period. There is never a waiver on this point through all facets of leadership, in my opinion. If they screw up, they will in some cases blow millions of dollars to make it right.

    Cons

    Leaders & executives are handcuffed - they are asked to execute with legs chopped off. Top heavy - far too many senior executives. E/R is far too low to stay competitive. Expectation to grow SaaS and Cloud revenue without development expense to build products for the future. Expected to generate high profits in SaaS & Cloud on current products when no other similar firms attain similar metrics. Unable to track basic SaaS metrics for success, such as churn and renewal rates. Sales plans are stacked beyond belief leading to overpaid sellers who contribute nothing to the sales cycle. Significant technical attrition, inability to hire replacement talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wholesale replacement of senior level executive team - Ginni Rometty and all direct reports. Replacement with executives who understand how to run SaaS & Cloud businesses who can truly transform the company. The current inability to execute and grow revenue QTQ is tops down, in my opinion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Innovation

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

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    work-life balance, company values, time off policies

    Cons

    key talent is leaving the company due to the financially driven culture
    innovation is too dependent on acquisitions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider creating a new management system based on

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    IBM India

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

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

    Pros

    No work pressure. You are on your own, flexibility, no dress code.

    Cons

    No value for employees, lot of politics, poor salary, no proper recognition for the ones who actually work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in better people managers who puts atleast a little effort for the betterment of the employee .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Weak leadership

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

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

    Pros

    Employees are intelligent, polished and professional. The industry is exciting and fast moving and there are opportunities to move between functions and lines of business. Also IBM still has some brand cachet (for now) so a good place to begin your career.

    Cons

    Absolutely no trust in leadership up and down the entire management chain. Ginni Rometty lacks the vision, integrity and people skills to marshall IBM into this new technological age. IBM is not investing in the business or its people. This means no education, poor pay and rolling layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest. Invest in the people who are working hard to keep IBM alive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Boring

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

    I worked at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Good name, good brand, maybe could impress someone that don't know the company internally, etc. Definitely avoid there at any cost.

    Cons

    Absolutely everything. Boring projects, managers like dinosaurs, low salary, 12 hours working everyday, middle management try to sell their company dream per second

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave and try to get work in the start up industry

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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