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IBM Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
12,341 Reviews
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12,341 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  

    If your in sales don't work here

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Not accountable for anything, hard to get fired

    Cons

    Poor mgmt, lots of turn over, sketchy back end deals, lots of people taking credit for your work, bully customers into doing compliance deals,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Nepotism abounds.

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    Former Employee - Executive
    Former Employee - Executive

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Exposure to numerous opportunities

    Cons

    Generations of IBMers are a protected class. Look at who survives layoffs. They are siblings of prior management or friends from a prior job. Not unusual but now 3- 4 generations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    High pressure, low pay

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    Current Employee - Operator in Essex, VT
    Current Employee - Operator in Essex, VT

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    It is a job, its shaky

    Cons

    Everything but the kitchen sink

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay the people who do the work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Increasingly difficult work environment, lack of opportunities

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Marketing in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Not sure why anyone would join IBM today. From compensation and benefits, to stability, to opportunities for meaningful work, it just is no longer relevant. Employees are underutilized.

    Cons

    Company has been downsizing for decades, little opportunity, growth is through acquisitions, endless reorganizations and layoffs, working with management and people that don't know you - then another reorganization hits (entirely different from earlier IBM where people knew you and your skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need fewer levels of management and more stability in the organization. The objectives and evaluation system is invalid. If you don't want to give raises, just don't give raises. Need to be more open and honest with employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    A dying company.

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    Former Employee - Advisory Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Advisory Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    IBM still has lots of resources.

    Cons

    Upper management is too focused on short-term results and shareholder value. IBM doesn't care about its customers (other than trying to figure out how to extract more money from them) or employees (other than exploiting them more efficiently), only about the bottom line. IBM acquires 4 or 5 companies every single week, which might help the finance statements but does nothing to create new products or services.

    Employee morale is really bad and getting worse. Employees must work long hours with little hope of real reward (other than maybe not being laid off). The performance evaluation system is hopelessly broken and downright insulting. Upper management demands absolute integrity and loyalty from employees while demonstrating none of these qualities themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on creating and providing value to customers rather than accounting and marketing tricks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    IBM Management jobs

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Living Only By the IBM Name sake

    Cons

    salaries, lack of raises, employee hiring freezes, lack of training , 10% pay reduction

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    My IBM Managers Were Horrific

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    Former Employee - Subject Matter Expert
    Former Employee - Subject Matter Expert

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    None. Unless working having a nervous breakdown is positive.

    Cons

    Way too many managers.
    Immature atmosphere.
    Low pay.
    Long hours.
    Dishonesty to clients and employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Off Shore or Contractor

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    Former Employee - Equipment Manager in New Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Equipment Manager in New Tucson, AZ

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

    Pros

    Exposure to IBM technology

    Cons

    Will not hire FTE and Off-shore most work and any US is done under contractors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that PEOPLE are your best asset. Sending work outside of the US is not the answer

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

    Advisory IT Architect

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    Former Employee - Advisory IT Architect
    Former Employee - Advisory IT Architect

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

    Pros

    You can work from home. Get up at 6 am and shut down the laptop after 6 pm. You will have some flexible hours during the day.

    Cons

    There is no raise. No bonus except for the top 1% contributor. The bonus amount is in the embarrassing scale. The average base salary is consistently below the local market. This is their business model. Believe it or not, they are proud of it. The competent workers left for the fair market value. A lot of employees who are still with the company are either too old to change, or reduce the working hours voluntarily to match the pay, or just too out-dated technically to compete in the market to find another job. This is the reality in US. In Indian, the turn-over rate is very high since they give minimum pay for the new graduates. Within 2-3 years, they left for other companies for 100% increase in the salary. No wonder this titanic ship is sinking. Do not jump on it unless you are fresh out of college."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep those competent employees happy. Cost is not everything. The moral of the your employee base is not so good for years already.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    IBM India

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

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

    Pros

    No work pressure. You are on your own, flexibility, no dress code.

    Cons

    No value for employees, lot of politics, poor salary, no proper recognition for the ones who actually work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in better people managers who puts atleast a little effort for the betterment of the employee .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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