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Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
12,324 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. 7 people found this helpful  

    Extremely limited mobility and salary potential...

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    Former Employee - Level II Support in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Level II Support in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of nice people to work with and opportunities to learn and take leadership/responsibility. Relatively good job security unless you are in the hardware / storage side of the business..

    Cons

    Even with multiple years in a row of '1' PBC performances, salary raises are incredibly limited. Typically 1-2% a year would be 'great' year. This is coming from someone who put in 50-60 hours a week. Teams and entire groups make it extremely difficult to move laterally within the company because they have such a hard time back filling positions (getting open reqs).

    Get used to having a used (old) laptop and then having to hold on to it for 4 years before an upgrade. Basically "BYOD" is mandatory if you care about your equipment. The security / process is ridiculous.. easily spend 20% of your time just doing that stuff.

    There are too many people who were acquired and have great salaries.. there is just no incentive for them to work hard. For example, in the same job role, there could be one guy making $150k, and another making $75k for the same job. The guy at $150k has no incentive to work hard because they are capped at their band level and are unlikely to make more money. The other guy at $75k also has no incentive to work hard because even if they are an all-star, they will get maybe a 1% raise if they are lucky.

    I can't even count the number of people that work remote that just stay in "meeting mode" all day. You know perfectly well they are just making themselves look busy.. ridiculous. Get them back into the office and productivity would likely crease 2x.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How can you possibly attract motivated and skilled employees when the salary gap is 30-50% off from other companies? Figure out a way to reward EXISTING employees who work hard and demonstrate clear potential. IBM is rapidly suffering a "brain drain" phenomenon - at least outside of R&D.

    Stop letting so many of the higher paid employees "coast" through their jobs. Make it easier for managers to lay people off, but also make it easier for them to reward employees that do well (financially).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    You have to be in the right place at the right time

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Smart! The average IQ of the company and ability to access big thinkers, new ideas and exciting innovation is everywhere....if you are willing to look for it. The charTacter of most of the people is solid. IBM cares about the customer and the client's success. The products IBM brings to market are typically very good quality. The overall culture of the company is good, laid back but professional....adult.

    Cons

    There are WAY too many chiefs and not enough Indians. The company is so large and has so many Vice Presidents fighting for turf that the people who actually do the work, innovate, bring value to customers & make decisions are used until lost in the nonsense. Middle management makes bad business decisions and manages people poorly due to short term thinking and self preservation. The overhead of "being a company" has overshadowed the value we deliver to our customers. Different divisions don't work well together and are often working at cross purposes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire/re-purpose half of the middle management structure. Push more people closer to the clients. Provide incentives for different divisions to work together and share the same strategy. Improve compensation to retain good talent and be faster about getting rid of the lazy. Reduce "internal enterprising" and focus more on our clients.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Continuous decline in employment conditions.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are pretty good.

    Cons

    Lack of strategic direction. Clear disregard for the welfare and career path of employees. Race to the bottom, with no responsibility or ownership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people. Figure out how to make it work. Managing a quarter at a time to the market is a losing long-term strategy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    it had a good compensation

    Cons

    it tended to be stressful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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    IBM Employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    - very good opportunity for worklife balance
    - networking with other IBMers who introduce you to new project / career opportunities
    - travel opportunities
    - visibility in the marketplace

    Cons

    - advancement depends on your own petition for promotion
    - management style
    - large organization and it's hard to find your way
    - employees have not received bonuses on over 2 years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get to know employees better and see them as people rather than a number

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    A great company that appears to be in decline

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    ability to work from home or pretty much anywhere, you can find a subject matter expert on anything, many different kinds of technologies - most of the people are really great to work with and very dedicated - great place to work for a few years for your resume

    Cons

    there was no such thing as work life balance and morale was low in the area I worked - the salary plan was poor even for good performers if you were in an area that does not receive commissions - variable pay has been drastically reduced for years - I agree with other reviewers that there is too much middle management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management seems to have forgotten the 2 things that make a business thrive - the employees and customer service - if employees do not feel valued, they cannot perform at their best levels

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Interesting and challenging work, but definitely a company in the midst of a transition.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Incredible amount of resources to access, whether it be mentorship or a masters degree, IBM has got your back. This company is focused on building your skills, so it is a great launching pad for people early in their career and lacking experience.

    For people are skilled enough in what they do to work from home, IBM is a dream come true.

    Cons

    IBM doesn't perform cost of living adjustments, in comparison to other Bay Area competition the pay dismal, however if you move out of the Bay Area to say... Texas, where the taxes are low and the living is cheap; you will be making more money than the local competitors.

    Aside from compensation: The company spirit is nowhere near the "Silicon Valley energy" I've seen in other tech firms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Undoubtably the transition has been tough for managers and has been a source of the slight social breakdown within IBM's teams (another source has been from the increased spreading out of teams across multiple sites and states). A big effort needs to be made in the realm of social engagement especially if they are expected to keep their recent college graduates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to learn on the cutting edge

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Excellent top notch engineers
    Great Legacy

    Cons

    Poor renumeration
    Poor morale
    Poor short term outlook especially in hardware

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    A great company to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to learn new technologies

    Cons

    Highly bureaucratic and slow to change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust the subordinates that they can also do the job.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good Career Place, not Part Time

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at IBM as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great network, intelligent environment. Everyone working loved to help others and the company had a direct unified mission.

    Cons

    Structured hierarchy, long and difficult process to move up. Office culture was a little outdated. Mostly closed off rooms and hard to meet new people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the company more interesting to work at for young people. Right now, IBM is still has that old corporate feel. Most offices are located outside cities which make it an unattractive place to work for millennials

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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