IBM Reviews in New York, NY

Updated August 6, 2014
Updated August 6, 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.  

    Weak leadership

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    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
  2.  

    Boring

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    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    A once-great company in a long death spiral

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    Current Employee - Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Engineer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Smart, dedicated co-workers; Some vestiges of the old collegiality at the working level.

    Cons

    IBM's business model is totally out of date. They are now being marginalized by new players like Google, Amazon, etc., and old competitors like HP-Compaq. As sales are falling drastically, they can't fire people fast enough. The executives are running the place like a third-world banana republic: Massive bonuses for themselves, the working stiffs in the US are all being fired for low-cost third-world labor offshore.

    The only engineering innovation that matters any more is financial engineering of the Earnings per share. However, EPS targets can only be achieved by layoffs and share buybacks, due to falling sales, and Wall Street isn't fooled. Businesses and employees are being jettisoned at a rapid pace, a much smaller and weaker company will be the result.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating all non-executive employees like serfs. INVEST in new projects, don't shut them down the minute they fall below some unrealistic profitability threshold.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to hide

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    Current Employee - Brand Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Brand Specialist in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Benefits... I pay nothing for my medical but pay for family, major discounts from partners, free solid financial planning, all the IBM training you want, they teach respect for employees

    Cons

    Lots of people with more than 20 years just hanging out and dodging bullets

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IBM has great R&D and top products and solutions....remove the red tape. Its just too hard to do business with IBM

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company lacks of old (1979-1994)

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    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Company has contributed to the strength of our great country.

    Cons

    Compensation is consistently below market. Annual increases and bonuses are often VERY small. Management values incompetence and hires on a smile. Alignment of overall vision seems to be difficult. Opportunity for growth are few. Great and talented people tend move on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find the company of old your customer will value you through committed partnership

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hostile, confused, everyone has their own agenda. Everyone's a boss, the most brazen survive for another week or so

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    Former Employee - R&D in New York, NY
    Former Employee - R&D in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    It's a job if you can make it through the day without being RAd

    Cons

    The inept always end up as managers - promoted to their own level of incompetency. I was a manager before I realized I'd been made a fool of. I voluntarily went back to the working class to do some actual work, lasted 10 yrs only to be RAd 2 yrs ago. Chaotic company, no direction, incessant threats of firings, employees just hang on by their nails day to day. Low-Mid management just follow a director or VP around with a clipboard and do what they're told. Directors and VPs learn big words to use in meetings, and project a very false confidence. Employees treated like children, complete with grade-schoolish report cards from same impudent management. Company has no products. Company has no services. Company has no sales. They do have a few existing support contracts, but they're short lived. The usual number of 10,000-11,000 people fired every 6 months to keep stock price up. US down to ~60k employees. Ginny give's VPs bonuses for mass firings then brags to Wall St they're cutting costs. Execs take HUGE bonuses in one form or another (cash, stock preferences etc). Company incestually buys back own stock every quarter, which jumps 15% for 30 days <-- then they give themselves preferred stock as a reward (Ginny rcvd $60mil in pref stock in Jan of 2014, sold $50mil of it 1 week later - go look at insider trades on NYSE). If you close the end of day without being RAd, you've done well. In the meantime, you'll try to BS your way through another day with nothing to sell, nothing to do, and nothing to accomplish other than bragging "I'm with IBM" - but most fortune 1000's are wise to this mess now. Company I'm with now with tossed IBM altogether last year after a court fight - yes IBM sues their own customers. 15k fired Chinese IBMers are rioting in the streets in early March. IBM is history

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just leave - take your greed and arrogance to the Greek islands and just go. Go buy your yacht and get out of our hair

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Salespeople should stay away from IBM

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    Former Employee - Sales Leader in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Leader in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Huge Software Portfolio, Terrific Training and Relationship Building Opportunity access to clients with IBM name recognition and ability to learn Internally from highly talented professionals

    Cons

    Massive Internal conflict between well entrenched highly toxic organizations and agendas, Lack of understanding line of business domains, Very difficult to navigate thru complex process laden self service systems, Very difficult for customers to do business with IBM, and Very difficult for sales people dealing with internal organizations and personalities to help clients

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break up IBM into smaller innovative firms that drive innovation with agility and speed of a start up mindset

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    A great vision shadowed by bureaucracy and self-important managers

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    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The company vision is indeed always forward looking.

    The consultants are extremely nice, helpful, and intelligent people. At a project site, you're likely to really enjoy the team that you've been designated to work with. There are many higher level consultants that are happy to mentor and help your career. In other words, anyone who is a worker bee for IBM will be helpful and kind.

    The diversity of clients is great and the range of work from one client to another is incredible. You will have the opportunity to work with a lot of different people, doing a lot of different things.

    Cons

    It is a generally ubiquitous notion amongst all of the consultants that we're all subjected to administrative torture here at IBM. There are long, tedious, and extremely confusing administrative processes that every employee has to undergo every year. It takes a severe cut of time out of your work week just to understand how to follow these processes according to protocol. If you don't comply, you'll be in trouble. The deployment managers, the people who are designated to help you through these confusing processes, form a band of unhelpful, condescending, self-important, administrative police officers who slap you on the wrist if you have any "stupid" questions. They assume that you should already know how to navigate the system and are rude if you ever ask for help.

    There is completely no respect for the worker bees. It is simply not good enough to just work long hours at the client site and make sure your client is happy. You are expected to put in your personal time on weekends as well to bring more value to the company. During year end reviews, if you have not put in this extra effort, you will not be given a higher rating.

    The level of technology that we work with on a day-to-day basis is stuck in the 2000s. This should be a source of embarrassment for IBM, a once leading technology company. Expect to still work with programs Microsoft Office 2003.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should be more respect for the lower level consultants. The deployment managers are very condescending and disrespectful. They treat us like they're herding a bunch of children.

    The rating system is completely inaccurate at capturing a consultant's true productivity. Employees are being penalized at no fault of their own.

    Overall, the company behaves like a stereotypical large corporation. Cold, no contact from upper management who make large bonuses off of the time that we bill at the client site, a sea of bureaucracy, and slow to change and upgrade technology.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Consulting practice at GBS is a terrible place to be if you are an experienced hire

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    Former Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good connections/exposure at the C level in large corporations
    Opportunity for travel based on available assignments

    Cons

    There is tremendous pressure on sales team to meet quotas - so consulting engagements are always over sold and over promised.
    Once the contract is signed the sales team moves on to sell the next engagement. The sales teams incentives seem to be based on sales numbers and not on project delivery or profitablity. The delivery team instead is measured on client satisfaction and profitability, making it very challenging in all oversold assignments.
    This over promising of assignments together with a team that is mostly average or mediocre performers puts a lot of pressure on experienced hires to deliver - thus most client engagements end up being 60 to 80 hours a week including weekend work to meet the client expectations.
    The available technical talent at GBS is made up of a limited number of star performers and a large majority of average or mediocre performers. Most GBS projects have an abundance of contract employees from other staff augmentation firms. There is no control on the quality or delivery of these contract consultants. GBS Partners are ok with this arrangement as long as there is a mark up that is being made from the contract employees.
    A very small percentage of star performers stay back to attempt at promotions, a large majority just move on after getting burnt out in a couple of years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tie GBS sales bonuses with delivery and profitability measurements.
    Stop being bureacratic in all your processes. Even the process of promotions is enough to turn off the most committed employee.
    Understand what work and life balance really means and make sure the partners know how to apply this across all employees in the field.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Poor

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Big brand name, from its long histories and the ThinkPad that it made in the past. A large research presence.

    Cons

    Very poor management style, driven completely by sales. Sales are not professional, and the atmosphere is highly toxic and political, and the team is frustrated at what the leaders are doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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