IBM Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 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. 4 people found this helpful  

    Crash and Burning

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Security in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Security in Boulder, CO

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

    Pros

    At the time I left, the Pros had evaporated under inept senior management. The company used to value employees by giving bonuses, pay raises and other events.

    Cons

    Bad hours, low to no pay raises and bonuses. Extensive outsourcing of positions to under qualified Indian. The company also required many former work at home employees to move across the country or no longer have a job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1st and 2nd line management need to stand up as a group to executive leadership that is running the company into the ground.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Dying company, but great interviewers

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

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Had three 30 minute interviews back to back. All of them were great, wanted to know what my goals were and how the knowledge culture at IBM is so powerful. I actually felt like they cared about me as a candidate.

    NOTE - YOUR EXPERIENCE MAY DIFFER.

    Cons

    Go read the 36+ pages of 1 star glassdoor company reviews.

    From what I've read:

    75% of employees don't get raises, regardless of performance (normal distribution model).
    They're cutting 65% of the US workforce from 2010 to 2015.
    US senior management is scavenging the carcass.
    60 hour workweeks, 40 hour pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go read the 36+ pages of 1 star glassdoor company reviews.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not my fathers IBM

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer

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

    Pros

    Large company, many divisions, opportunity to work just about anywhere in the world.

    Cons

    Short sighted management, only looking at the next quarter and their bonus. Not a leader anymore in any field, a technology company that pays twitter shills more than electrical engineers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the stock buy backs, invest in the company. raise earnings per share the old fashioned way, by raising earnings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company going down hill

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    PRO's used to be the people you worked with but as layoffs have increased and benefits reduced there are few pro's to list

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance. They promote flexible work schedules but in truth you have none. You are expected to work at all hours of the day and if you want to take a holiday or vacation you are penalized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company has lost its luster and people skills. Extensive training on people management is extremely necessary to turn the tide.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good on resume, but that's it.

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    Former Employee - Band 8 Consultant
    Former Employee - Band 8 Consultant

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

    Pros

    Good on resume. A few rare good managers who care.

    Cons

    No raises, no bonuses, constant fear of layoff, very low morale. While there are a few good managers, for the most part IBM really does stand for "I'm By Myself". You are in competition with everyone to have a good rating (which gets downgraded by default at the end of the year when the partners meet). If you are on the bench between projects, watch out, as layoffs are now rolling layoffs. A lot of skilled, educated and experienced workers are being laid off in favor of offshoring and hiring of people with zero industry or IT skills. I had to pay for my own training, and take vacation time to do it, because there are no training budgets. IBM doesn't even leverage their own software internally (except Lotus Notes) and all the projects I were on were lacking innovation or learning experiences. The flexible schedules no longer exist - when I started I could put in 40 hours Mon-Thurs and take Friday off. Now you are expected to bill min 44 hours a week to projects, spend Mon-Fri at remote client sites no matter how far away, plus travel time, and still find time to do internal required training that is usually fairly useless. All totaled I was easily entering 70 hours a week into the timekeeping system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect and concern for employees from the top down, investment in those employees, training to keep employees on the cutting edge and innovation (without the recently announced 10% pay cut (training surcharge). You can't get into cloud, mobile apps years after other companies are so well established and call it innovation, and you can't expect to truly compete with them especially when you can't implement these things properly internally first.

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

    Terrible, mismanaged, poor atmosphere, constant turnover

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SCS Account Focal in Dubuque, IA
    Current Employee - SCS Account Focal in Dubuque, IA

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

    Pros

    It's a job. There was extreme bias towards attractive women. They were promoted beyond their capabilities and received constant "attention" from the first line managers.

    Cons

    If you have no other options and don't think you can survive on the street as a homeless person, this MIGHT be a decent option. I wouldn't recommend it though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find some true managers. The managers they had there got thrills out of criticizing people and were generally inept.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Not for the motivated, or those wanting to grow their career.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    Name recognition looks good on resume.

    Cons

    Lack of raises and bonuses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's not like they care, so I am not going to bother.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Bad place for contractors, stay away!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Security Advisor in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Information Security Advisor in Houston, TX

    I have been working at IBM as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Depending on the position, you get to work from home. That's the only good thing depending on how you look at it.

    Cons

    IBM never gives you advance notice before your contract expires, so you always find out on the last day that you are gone! They usually hire you for a year contract then sometimes renew it until the day you find out your contract is over (often times managers know ahead of time when your contract will expire, but they do not tell the contractors because they want to use the contractors until the last day so that it won't hurt the business). Also, you are always in a furlough, every year! They will cut your hours as low as 25 hours/week, which is impossible for someone to make a living. They want you to work like an animal and what you hear during the interview process is not what you will be doing; they will add more work to your plate. You end up not making what you are supposed to be making due to furlough, no holiday pay, no overtime, etc. Forget about getting hired full-time; this will never happen regardless of how many years you work there as a contractor. You won't get any help from management either because executives are making all the decisions. Managers treat the contractors like garbage; they only support "regular" employees!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A heaping pile of steaming ineptness with a large dose of being dysfunctional

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    The pros are, corporate America is seeing that this rudderless ship is not able to innovate or lead in the technology space. Companies see first hand that IBM is now an accounting company. They rely on revenue streams by playing with accounting plus auditing thousands of their valued customers. They will not grow without leveraging these two tricls

    Cons

    A reality show called "Lord of the Flies". Upper and Middle management are worthless and are paralyzed by their sheer inability to push back on upper management. Daily cadence calls, asking what time deals are closing is ludicrous but yet, this is a common practice by these crazy accountants (managers). I am interested in seeing what happens come January

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your CVs on the street. I see a ton of ugliness on the horizon.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good Old Boy Network with Discriminatory Pay and Delusional Perspective

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent training ground if you are willing to work hard and learn. Multitude of opportunities to contribute, across many different skill sets. I was able to voluntarily leave, take my skill sets, and leverage them for more than twice the salary at another large company. You will never hear me complain about what I learned there, and some of the unsung heroes that I worked with and learned from.

    Cons

    Do not expect to receive recognition for your contributions. Managing up, including misrepresentation of contributions and facts, are the best way to advance. This contributes not only to unfairness, but to the downfall of the enterprise. Discrimination was outrageous in the chip division.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Telling yourself and those you report to that you are talented and wonderful does not make it so. Most of the more talented leaders left for greener pastures some time ago. Things will only improve when the leaders are examples of true talent, versus aggressive predators that put personal gain way ahead of the success of the firm.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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