IBM Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
11,702 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work from home 2 days/week if you have to commute over 45 minutes to the office (in 1283 reviews)

  • Work life balance ( Work from home) & wider opportunity if you have good network (in 1264 reviews)


Cons
  • Though the company espouses work life balance there is no getting away from work (in 401 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 205 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Dedicated IBMer, but let down

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    Former Employee - Middleware Anyalyst  in  Columbia, MO
    Former Employee - Middleware Anyalyst in Columbia, MO

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Diverse learning environment.
    Great for entry level techs needing to get lots of hands on time.

    Cons

    Lots of work, with little staff to cover all the work.
    You are asked/expected to do 60-80 hours of work in a 40 hour week.
    No OT, any work over 40 hours is required to be "Flexed" out.
    Employees are severely underpaid!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your people what they are worth, not what Corp. tells you to pay them.
    Give your team all the tools needed to be successful, Paid education!!!

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

    Interesting job with good salary

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer  in  Essex Junction, VT
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Essex Junction, VT

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    IBM offered good career growth with very good work-life balance practices. Compensation was among the best in this area and the site received several environmental awards from the local and state governments.

    Cons

    The current climate at the local IBM site is poor and declining. Corporate leadership has made it clear they no longer want to be in the semiconductor business and the employees know their employment time is limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The talent of the workforce is amazing. Allow the site leadership to optimize the product mix and improve the infrastructure and the site will deliver revenue as it did in the past.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    More and more troubling by the day

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There have been plenty of chances for personal growth, as long as you grab hold and run with them. Many work-from-home opportunities if that is your thing. Customers genuinely appreciate the expertise you bring to the table.

    Cons

    The company is very bureaucratic overall, and generally run by the accountants for the accountants. The "temporary" spending freezes on practically everything have become "permanent" without avenues for exceptions for things you really do need to do your job. First line management has had most if not all decision making privileges taken away from them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on growing the business and increasing profits through top-line revenue growth. You can't keep cost-cutting your way to higher profits, and share buyback financial engineering tricks are going to eventually run out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    It's what you make it, and it's a fight to make it.

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    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Compared to other IT consulting companies, the culture is pragmatic and focused on delivering the right thing for the client. IBM is obviously huge, so it is what you make it. You'll work with very diverse teams. Some teams will be great, others will be poor. If you are willing to put in 60-70 hour weeks doing 40+ of client delivery and 20+ of business development and figuring out how to navigate the internal processes, you'll do great and get promotions and advance. If you want to work 40-44 hours a week just doing client work, you'll have a secure job, but don't expect a raise no matter how stellar your performance is at the client site.

    Cons

    Business development and proposal process is a mess, and you seemingly reinvent the wheel every time.
    It's easier to get a new job than get on a new project (this is really just for Public Sector GBS).
    You have to fight to make your own career happen, no one else is actually looking out for you. It's your job to write your own project performance evaluations, write the case to apply for a promotion and at the end of the day there are really just 2 numbers that matter most: billable utilization %, and dollars of sales wins.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The bottom few layers of managers are being consistently stripped of any power to actually make changes or make their own decisions in the interest of helping out their employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    old company

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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 as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    relax and make lots of friends

    Cons

    low pay and don't respect contractors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more communication would be appreciated

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great job

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    Former Employee - Engineering Intern  in  Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Madison, WI

    I worked at IBM as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Friendly people and great atmosphere.

    Cons

    Too busy at times, but eh.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't act like a manager.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    an ok place to be, no real excitement, no sense of urgency in any venture

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    Former Employee - Sales Specialist
    Former Employee - Sales Specialist

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    stability - many resources available to support customers

    Cons

    while turnover is low, people tend to keep changing or moving into different roles avoiding any type of accountability whatsoever
    no sense of urgency, customer relationships are taken for granted, acquisitions are not handled well for the clients,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    have a standard, a a minimum time on job, so that hoping decreases. Have managers held to a higher standard

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

    Great place to work but salary not good

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    Current Employee - Computer Systems Analyst  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Computer Systems Analyst in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at IBM as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great environment for work, love the people, the work is really fun and interesting

    Cons

    Salary is terrible, no negotiation of salary, no path for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees better, provide more coaching

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    software engineer

    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Brooklyn, NY

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

    Pros

    Office culture, benefits, training, lifestyle

    Cons

    There's so many management changes its difficult to build a relationship

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop quitting in the middle of the year! Fiscal responsibilities have turned the company into a money laundering scheme filled with ridden fruits and vegetables.

  11.  

    A very complex organization that is more inwardly than outwardly focused.

    Former Employee - Associate Partner
    Former Employee - Associate Partner

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    A number of opportunities, especially international. Technology expertise world class, as expected. Many of the people who work there are top notch in more ways than just their expertise.

    Cons

    Still too much management dead wood. Decreasing revenue. Laying off intellectual muscle. You are always 60-90 days away from getting "resource actioned" (laid off) at any given time. Customers often overwhelmed by sales team "show of force" (too many sales people at meetings).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IBM needs organizational innovation more than it needs technology innovation. Organizational arrogance is still a problem, especially in sales.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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