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IBM Reviews in New York, NY

Updated March 4, 2015
Updated March 4, 2015
133 Reviews
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company has lost its way

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Department Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Department Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Used to be a great company to work for with prestige and cared about technology leadership. Now it is just another service and software company. Work life balance can be managed well.

    Cons

    Company has relied on prestige too long and does not pay competitively or provide motivational compensation. No work performance you do can influence your bonus which is typically low. Execs still get well paid though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower the lower management. Give them decision making and budgetary authority back. Trust your employees to do the right thing, ie their job. Simplify processes to improve agility. Cut out many layers of hierarchy .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work . Keep customer happy every thing will come to you.

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

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

    Pros

    IBM Is a Great company to work for Very Smart People around by Some Intellectually Challenged as also there. Strategies for growth are spot on.
    Learning Organization

    Cons

    Quarter by Quarter focus especially 2015 market guidance, that has put IBM Leadership in Tremendous pressure.
    Top Down company
    Very Big , you are like a very very small fish in a Big Blue Ocean.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify People who are sharp , smart and go getter's and put them in fast track Carrier path.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    A wonderful company hamstrung by layers of clueless, bumbling middle management.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cyber Security Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Cyber Security Engineer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good, but not great, salary.
    Above average job security.
    Many job opportunities.
    Generally good, if somewhat thread-worn, working conditions, and work from home opportunities.
    Company is starting to understand that moving work to China and India is a disaster.
    Flexibility in work hours and time off

    Cons

    Company is not committed to employee training; no rotations, online training is just window dressing.
    Bad management, especially unnecessary layer upon layer of ignorant middle management, permeates much of the business.
    Constant, slow decline in employee benefits.
    Only a 401K retirement plan. Company match is not credited to employee until December.
    Management's constant nit picking, over-reporting to each other, and distraction from job assignments.
    The PBC annual evaluation is ineffective window dressing; it is simply a compensation management tool.
    Silly budget constraints on travel: forced to fly at inconvenient times, stay in sub-par hotels, and rent undersize cars.
    Constraints on conference attendance impede ability to stay current and maintain network.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of unnecessary middle management layers that impede progress. Commit to training employees to expert level in their job areas. Get rid of silly expense constraints, and let employees find the best travel bargains to suit their needs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Struggling with it's business model for growth

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    • 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)

    Pros

    Have some really talented people at some groups

    Cons

    Once they need to reduce the head count, nothing really matters.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your talent, specially the ones worked for long time and has skills

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Not what it used to be. Needs to focus on Clients, Employees, then Shareholders and not just Shareholders

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

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    The work is challenging, and you get to work on a global scale. Diverse offerings, makes for exposure to a number of different kinds of businesses. People are great, always wiling to do whatever it tales to get the job done and to help each other

    Cons

    Very little upward movement within the company, salary standstill, management unclear of direction or model. Constant concern of layoffs and overall sour attitude of the employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start to focus on clients, employees then shareholders versus shareholders alone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Current but soon to be former

    • 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 full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Can work from home,

    Cons

    Pay could be better
    No raises

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many layers of management, they need to trim from the top down.

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

    Great Company History.... sliding downward as of late

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    • 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

    Pros

    brilliant team members, focus on growth,

    Cons

    leadership tends to manage by fire drill with focus on today, tomorrow, maybe this qtr.... limited focus on long term investments or strategy needed ..... very few raises or promotions due to cost cutting at every level

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    IBM Review

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

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    One of the best companies for women considering work life balance. IBM is a equal opportunity employer with great benefits.

    Cons

    IBM is a Large Company so project lifecycle takes time. Personal growth is slow but considering the benefits and perks, they celarly outweigh the cons.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    a just-so-so place to work

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

    I have been working at IBM full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance comparing to many other consulting companies.
    IBM is really very advance in big data technologies, which forms a solid foundation for technical consulting.

    Cons

    the organizational structure is very clumsy.
    the project staffing process is messy and inefficient
    cross divisions collaboration and support are very bad. For example, if our project need some help from the software development group, it is very hard to get.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    The Consulting by Degrees Program needs a lot of work

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

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

    Pros

    The salary is competitive for new graduates, and the healthcare coverage is excellent. There are a lot of great employees at IBM that really want to help younger team members. I've had senior team members set aside time to make sure that I understood what was going on in the project, and that I was really learning something.

    Cons

    The CBD program is set up very poorly and delivers little value to recent graduates. The amount of paperwork that needs to be filled out for project assessments, year end reviews, and promotions is astounding and very redundant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on the training that is offered to CBDers, and streamline some of the HR processes (year end reviews & promotions). The current training program is useless, and it is difficult to get approval for the types of training that would actually help younger employees with their project roles. The amount of paperwork that needs to be filled out for reviews and promotions is quite frankly insane, especially considering the amount of work the employees are already doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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