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Updated July 30, 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. A Sweat Shop WIth Lots of Brain Power

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Somers, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in Somers, NY

    I worked at IBM (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Provides an opportunity to work with some extremely bright people. Forces you to look at issues from every angle (sometimes to a fault), but is invaluable experience for career growth. A great place to learn and then move on so you can advance in your career both level wise and $$$ wise.

    Cons

    No life balance at all. Work, work, work at all hours, since the organization has most of its employees outside of the US you need to be available at all hours. Employee morale is horrible (at least in the US) and the focus is always on costs...ALWAYS. Those at the top are very well paid, with lots of incentive; however, the workhorses are not as well rewarded with pay and other types of remuneration. Obviously, I'm not a long term fan.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with dignity and respect. Remember that without the workhorses, IBM would not function like the machine that it is.


  2. It takes a village

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Window into what it takes (or not) to mobilize a 400,000+ workforce Mobility across functions despite lack of prior experience in the role - early career advantage Window into political capital, art of influence and 'bubbling' your agenda up - early career advantage Advantage of a big network - large pool 400,000+ implies more connections, not all weighted equal though

    Cons

    Diminishing returns after initial learning period - few years of job rotations Hours without boundaries - 'always-on' for weekends and wee hours can take a toll Can be drudgery if you're stuck in a no-growth market segment (maturing/ declining)

    Advice to Management

    Remove top-down mandates and stay true to 'fail fast' if that is really the path to transformation


  3. No longer a company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Essex, VT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Essex, VT

    I worked at IBM full-time

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

    Pros

    I do not know of any

    Cons

    They no longer care about the employee's

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employee's who have dedicated their life to the company


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  5. Helpful (5)

    New Hires Beware: Big Blue Equals Big Mistake

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


  6. Advisory Engineer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fishkill, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fishkill, NY

    I worked at IBM

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

    Pros

    Advanced technology leader in the semiconductor field

    Cons

    Company values are just something to decorate the hallway walls


  7. Helpful (2)

    Former Employee - Worked Long, Hard Hours - Great Performance Reviews - Laid Off

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

    I worked at IBM

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a job. Employees that remain (with exception of management) are great to work with.

    Cons

    Always need to look over your back due to constant layoffs. High quality performance will not prevent IBM from terminating employment. Little or no pay raises - even for top performers. Long work hours / high stress. Loss of vacation time with no compensation. No one to back you up when vacation is planned. Too many layers of management


  8. Not a good p;ace to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Philadelphia, PA

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefit package and 401K matching

    Cons

    People processed company too big. Comp plans terrible. Not a good sales environment

    Advice to Management

    Care more about people and less about spreadsheets


  9. Helpful (1)

    IBM is pushing non-technology in Technology field

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at IBM as a contractor

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

    Pros

    Only Pro is that this rather unhealthy company has survived and keep employing people but other side is it keeps having people of no technocratic merits

    Cons

    IBM is full of people who should have either retired from Technology field or should have adapted more integrity in their approach. Simply by by dint of large figures the Company keeps turning trash on the World

    Advice to Management

    Honesty, integrity if not present will not help it turn around from big ugly Monster on the Scene.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Gone Downhill!!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Architect
    Current Employee - IT Architect

    I have been working at IBM (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Work from home is about the only perk.

    Cons

    The list is too long: Management disconnected, no raises, no bonuses, too much red tape, unskilled co-workers, etc. And this from someone who has had the top rating you can get in IBM for two years in a row after 19 years in.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to the people that do the actual work not the middle people, and find out what is really happening.


  11. Sales

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Secane, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Secane, PA

    I worked at IBM (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    working for one of the largest and most recognized global companies

    Cons

    too slow on vital product enhancements leading to many lost opportunities against the same competition. Unrealistic quotas, lackluster product training.



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