IBM Reviews

Updated July 23, 2015
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Pros
  • You can work from home or office (when you are in town) (in 1347 reviews)

  • Depending on projects - excellent work-life balance (in 1315 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is basically non existent (in 423 reviews)

  • Senior management has lost it's sense of what the corporate mission is (in 214 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    New Hires Beware: Big Blue Equals Big Mistake

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    Former Employee - Delivery Project Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Delivery Project Executive in New York, NY

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The name in the Industry due to the excellent brand management is still viewed as a good company to work for because it is leading edge in the Industry.

    Cons

    As an Executive Hire, I quickly realized that all is not what it seemed after accepted the job with IBM. The solutions/tools are antiquated and the new SMAC Stack is really all branding Hype. The company is really top heavy with executives that have been around for 20+ years and have no clue about what is going on in the real world. Executives are highly paid and will back stab their people that work for them to ensure that they continue to get the bonus' that they do not deserve. Due to the lack of collaboration, lack of customer focus, lack of integrity at the executive level, and lack of trust internally, I left and went to a competitor. The culture of IBM took me back to the 1980's when it was acceptable to beat your people. The RA process gave the Executives a tool to make their employees lives miserable. Morale is lower than I have ever seen at any company I worked for.

    Advice to Management

    Stop laying off the workers and start laying off Bands D, C, B and A they are the ones that are running the company into the ground. The Executives that have more than 20 years cannot make the changes to the company that Ginni is trying to enforce, they don't know how. Until massive cuts at the top level occur, Big Blue is a Big Mistake for any senior leader that is looking to join the company. My advice to Ginni is to be strong and RA 90% of Level D and above that have been with IBM for more than 20 years. Bring in a whole new leadership team.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Stay Away

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

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    IBM has decent benefits and used to have a good name in the industry.

    Cons

    very difficult to work for, bloated with too many levels of management bureaucracy. They are predatory to people who leave. I left in 2014 and in late 2015 later receive a letter stating that they overpaid taxes for 2013 and are billing me for $1600. I now have to fight them in order to avoid paying this.


  3. Helpful (2)

    IBM will be the next Titanic

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Smarter Workforce in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Smarter Workforce in New York, NY

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    The name on your resume - although that name is getting more and more tainted with all the bad news in the press about IBM. Strong work from home culture.

    Cons

    Paralysed by process. IBM couldn't care less about their clients or their employees. Poor pay. Don't even dream about getting a pay rise or bonus. No performance management or manager check-ins to get feedback. Employee engagement data so poor that they don't share it with colleagues. If you do go into the office, you're lucky if they provide cups for water and paper towels!!! And buy your own coffee. And dish soap for the pantry!

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and your clients and keep up with the times!!!


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  5. Helpful (1)

    No Longer a Great Place to Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Sales Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Sales Executive 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

    - Still a great name on your resume (for now) - Ability to easily move to new roles based on career aspirations - Great, smart people to work with - Good work/life balance depending on the business unit you work in (NOT GBS)

    Cons

    There are many - here are a few: - Moral is low because employees don't feel they are valued - Promotions / raises very scarce unless you are at the lowest or highest levels - Continual reorganizations - chasing changes in the market - Continual territory changes for sales teams - Revenue has not increased in years - profit is obtained and EPS is increased by cutting costs and buying back stock - Costs are cut via selling off parts of the business, constant layoffs (called RAs for Resource Action) and outsourcing jobs to growth market areas - CEO and SVP team given raises, bonuses, & stock options even though they failed to achieve all stated objectives

    Advice to Management

    This problem is intrinsic - the shareholders need to elect a new Board of Directors and the new Board needs to bring in new Sr Leaders (from outside IBM) to change the culture (the majority of SVPs have been at IBM for 20+ years).


  6. Helpful (5)

    Sinking ship. Late to the dance.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior IT Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior IT Specialist 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

    Work from home, but even that comes with a price.

    Cons

    Too much management. Most are clueless. Execs in company only care about their stock options and stock price. Employees & employee benefits are used to make their numbers. No education budget for employees.

    Advice to Management

    The work environment is extremely toxic. Everyone fears for their jobs. First line management are even scared. They spread their paranoia (justifiably) to their employees. Every month their is a new rumor of what sector is getting hit next with layoffs.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Exit Visas continue

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

    None to report at this time

    Cons

    The company is entirely run by the numbers as no investment or common sense is applied as long as they do not relate to directly and immediately saving money. Many senior and decent partners have already left and many more to come. Only the old, politically connected and worthless partners remain to try and figure ways to cut more costs and fire more people to save their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Reform practices and most importantly, fire Senior management replacing them with quality Big 4 leadership. Another bit of advice, CAMSS is not a strategy.


  8. 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


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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    It's worse than you think....

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. Once Great Institution, Titanic Momentum

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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