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Updated April 17, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    A great company that's lost its way (again)

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    Former Employee - Senior Managing Consultant
    Former Employee - Senior Managing Consultant

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

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

    Pros

    Storied company with an unparalleled history

    Cons

    Has completely lost direction and focus on clients

    Advice to Management

    Replace the leadership team, make some bold directional changes

  2. Helpful (1)

    Take advantage of training and get out.

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    Former Employee - Package Solution Consultant in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Package Solution Consultant in Baton Rouge, LA

    I worked at IBM full-time

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

    Pros

    Lots of training, looks great on a resume. Only useful as a stepping stone to a real career.

    Cons

    Poorly organized, incompetent workers and disinterested management. Salary is less than half the industry average for the position I held. Endless stream of lies about roles, raises, and travel obligations. Places client demands over legal obligations to the state and employees. incredibly unprofessional coworkers with minimal education and zero work ethic. Zero communication between management and employees regarding client engagements, etc. Misleading hiring process (most employees at our center were told they would be programming for mobile development, java, etc, but were instead trained on something entirely unrelated to their areas of interest).

    Advice to Management

    If you want full-time consultants, pay them like full-time consultants. Also, be more selective in your hiring processes and you won't need to babysit your employees. Hire a bunch of unmotivated, unprofessional individuals and you have to deal with the headache of running a daycare. Concern yourselves with the interests of your employees re: travel burnout, unpleasant client engagements, areas of interest).

  3. Adrift with no map

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

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

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

    Pros

    Puts food on the table. Complexity opens a lot of different career doors

    Cons

    No investment in people, tools or client innovation. Continual firings and re-organizations. Morale is low.

    Advice to Management

    Replace yourselves.

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  5. Overworked and Underpaid

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    Current Employee - IT Program Manager in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - IT Program Manager in Boulder, CO

    I have been working at IBM full-time

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

    Pros

    Vacation and Benefits and Co-workers, Work from Home

    Cons

    Continuous layoffs
    off-shoring of jobs to India
    no work-life balance, expected to work 24 x 7
    no or little raises in recent years
    underpaid for industry, job title, and area

    Advice to Management

    STOP OFF-SHORING
    STREAMLINE ALL THE RED TAPE AND RIDICULOUS PROCESSES
    TREAT EMPLOYEES WITH RESPECT AND NOT AS "RESOURCES"

  6. Finance Analyst

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule. Company allowed you to work from home and set your hours. Also generours vacation package.

    Cons

    There was very little job security. Company continues to outsource jobs and if your job is outsourced there is little effort to retain employees.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to what made IBM a great company - RESPECT FOR THE INDIVISUAL. It worked back then and it will work today, All employees talk about is job security and likelyhood of getting laid off,

  7. Awesome Job

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    Former Employee - Service Delivery Manager
    Former Employee - Service Delivery Manager

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging, great benefits, easy to move up, work from home, easy to take on more and more responsibility, rewarding, transparent plans SOMETIMES.

    Cons

    Terrible, short sighted C-Suite leadership. Don't listen to lower echelon employees. Don't listen to customers. Low morale, no job stability. Loooooong hours.

    Advice to Management

    Leave the road plan ( I think they are starting a new path *crosses fingers*) If you don't IBM will die.

  8. Dreary, floggings continue until morale improves

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Large company, sitting on a lot of cash, could possibly turn the corner and become an overall positive, vibrant place to work again. Holds many, many patents and continues a substantial level of R&D investment. Because it's so big, there's plenty of pockets where, if you time it right and land in the right situation, you can do well and find it enjoyable.

    Cons

    At least on the hardware side, everyone seemed to be keeping their head down, waiting for next shoe to drop/axe to fall. NOT an inspiring environment. And heard similar complaints coming out of the businesses being touted as the future, such as Software, GBS (Global Business Services), and others.

    Advice to Management

    You've taken some very harsh, if perhaps necessary, steps to right the ship. Now start investing in and encouraging your people the way IBM as famous for in the past. Get past the "fungible" sentiment, and give folks more of an opportunity to move up rather than sit and become dormant. Sam got this ship going in the wrong direction, Ginny seems to be trying to right it, but at present, she's not been too kind to the folks in the trenches and hasn't been as inspiring as she needs to be.

  9. Designer

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    Former Employee - Designer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Designer in Austin, TX

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

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

    Pros

    If you end up on the right projects, you get interesting challenges and the chance to learn a lot about dealing with large cross-disciplinary teams and messy problems, and even as a recent graduate you can have a really big influence on major products—if you end up on the right projects. You work with some great people, and everyone is really friendly. The design studio (and by extension designers) currently have relatively strong political backing and a lot of pull within the company, so in some cases at least, you get to drive strategic discussions and sit at the table with product managers, dev leads, etc. A lot of big companies are trying to make design work for them right now, and IBM has one of the most serious efforts in this area, so you can learn a great deal about how it might work and how to go about helping an organization become more user focused. A lot of what determines your experience also depends on your attitude and expectations—if you look at challenges as something to learn from, you will learn—if you want an easy job where someone has already figured everything out... You will be disappointed.

    Cons

    A lot of teams are quite dysfunctional, sometimes for reasons internal to the studio, but usually because of the widespread bureaucracy and politics within the broader company. Also, lot of people choose to work at IBM because they can hide in the vastness and get away with doing next to nothing, so mediocrity and lack of motivation are the norm outside of the design studio. A lot of people are completely out of touch with current trends in technology and design, at least as far as user interface stuff goes. Another downside is the fact that even within the studio, the real goal is just getting to a place where design best practices can be applied, not pushing the field of design forward. There is no need for real innovation or flair, just for applying techniques that were worked out ten years ago to problems defined years before that. While what IBM Design is doing can be quite exciting, there are a lot of exciting things happening at the intersection of design and technology right now, and a lot of them are much more exciting than IBM. Also, expect to be around a lot of people just out of college with little to no perspective.

    Advice to Management

    Be a little more honest and a little less condescending.

  10. Business Tech Analyst

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at IBM as an intern

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great people, you'll learn a lot about data bases, networking, software

    Cons

    can be very boring if you're not too interested. You are customer support.

  11. PhD Microelectronic engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hopewell, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hopewell, NY

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

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

    Pros

    One of the best place all over the world to do R&D in Microelectronic! Lot of very talented people, so you can learn a lot from them. Since it is R&D it is still a very interesting job where you could learn everyday

    Cons

    Not easy to work in a company when you do not know what's going on. Not clear vision of what will happen in less than a year. Due to that lot of people are just not motivated anymore. Forget about see you salary increase, even if you are in the top performers!

    Advice to Management

    Direct managers are ok. I guess the problem come from the top management who care more about the stock price than the people them self. Not sure they care about the company too. Only short term profit is the goal.

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