IBM Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
11,691 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work from home 2 days/week if you have to commute over 45 minutes to the office (in 1279 reviews)

  • Work life balance ( Work from home) & wider opportunity if you have good network (in 1260 reviews)


Cons
  • Though the company espouses work life balance there is no getting away from work (in 398 reviews)

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

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  1. 22 people found this helpful  

    Advisory Engineer in STG, IBM

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    Current Employee - Advisory Engineer  in  Hopewell Junction, NY
    Current Employee - Advisory Engineer in Hopewell Junction, NY

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

    Pros

    Disclaimer: A lot of what I'm writing below of course depends on the work area and management chain. But I found this to be fairly pervasive policies in IBM in my 9+ years with the company.
    1. IBM's policies and management are very flexible when it comes to working remotely or accommodating various life situations (sick days, doctor visits, etc.). Management is encouraged to measure an employee by their work and impact, and not by hours spent at their office.
    2. Great colleagues! Though unfortunately, many have been leaving due to the instability of IBM's HW development business.
    3. At least in my area, there's a high level of flexibility on which projects should I undertake based on my and my management assessment of business impact.

    Cons

    1. Unfortunately, IBM still uses the "normal distribution" rating system, where at the end of the year each employee is ranked as a top contributor (5%), above average contributor (15%), average contributor (~75%), and bottom contributor (5%). This curve is difficult to apply in the R&D world, where you may have many members of the team working long and hard hours, and end up being "average contributors" at the end of the year, because there just isn't room for all to be top contributors.

    2. The above may not be so disturbing, if only IBM didn't practically cancelled all raises, performance bonuses and incentive for the non top-performers. I've had a consistent "above average" rating in the last 4-5 years, and my raise and performance bonus were ridiculous mere 1.5-2% of my salary. Were I rated "average contributor" I would have gotten NOTHING. So you can imagine that people can go year after year without any raise to their salary.

    From talking to manager friend, this is IBM's way to eliminate the non-top-performers without having to fire them, as part of its direction of reducing US manpower.

    3. Hiring freeze in many areas - again, as part of IBM's attempt to reduce its workforce across North America and Europe we see many jobs move to the India and Far East markets. This is of course upsetting to see local teams shrink and disappear, especially when many great local IBM colleagues and experts begin to drop out. From my experience thus far working with India SW teams - they are still very far away from the standards I would have expected from US and Europe based teams.

    4. Poor top down communication about company's and divisions' future. Employees learn from rumors and news websites what's about to come...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management must keep in mind that it today's world, which is saturated with brilliant companies that hire top talent, IBM must remain competitive to attract great talent and hold on to it. In the meanwhile, we're seeing the opposite trend, where great people leave IBM for other companies, be it because of a more competitive package, dropping morale and many other reasons.

    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Heading in the wrong direction

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager  in  Somers, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Somers, NY

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

    Pros

    Work life balance. Peers are professional and good to work with.

    Cons

    Too driven on quarter goals and making cuts to achieve them in light of long term strategy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think longer term strategies.

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

    Great company that's working through transition

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Exciting growth strategy around cloud, analytics, mobile, social and security solutions. There are a lot of highly skilled and intelligent people working here.

    Cons

    Limited pay raises, difficult to move up vertically in some positions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clearly communicate future opportunities for career growth to employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Today's IBM USA

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    Current Employee - Sales Specialist  in  Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    The pay is good! Work from home office or customer locations, good benefits, matching 401k, travel and growth opportunity, known leader in IT.

    Cons

    Work load and requirement for evening and weekend work to keep up ever increasing goals, slow to change hard to compete in price sensitive products. Unsure of direction and long term growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    I loved the culture, but the work was not always challenging or rewarding.

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    Current Employee - Consultant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

    I have been working at IBM as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Co-workers, low stress, variety of opportunities

    Cons

    Determining future projects for self

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Work life balance company

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer  in  Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Emeryville, CA

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

    Pros

    no much pressure
    larger company is good for switch your career path from engineer to a different position

    Cons

    salary is not competitive
    difficult to get promoted due to controlled opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many mid-level management reduces the efficiency

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Awesome work - dull office - long commute

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    Former Employee - Strategy Consultant  in  Armonk, NY
    Former Employee - Strategy Consultant in Armonk, NY

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

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment, impacting projects

    Cons

    Extremely long commute from Manhattan

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great work / life balance company but first line management needs help

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    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    Management open to work with schedules to accommodate work/ life balance. Good horizontal opportunities ( learn something new). Great benefits including health and dental, 401K available

    Cons

    Horrible opportunities to move up in management. First line managers have their hands tied while higher ups make decisions. Red tape everywhere as with any big company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look within the company to fill positions especially when looking to cut costs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company

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    Current Employee - Worldwide Operations Manager  in  Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Worldwide Operations Manager in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    Myriad of opportunities if you take charge of your career.

    Cons

    Extremely large organization added to internal complexities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Networking is key

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    Current Employee - Applications Programmer  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Applications Programmer in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    Being exposed to one of the oldest technological companies allows you to gain important connections in the business world. This means that within a year you can easily progress to more substantial roles. You are also exposed to multiple environments which gives you additional skills that will help bolster your knowledge.

    Cons

    Unless you become closely connected to your management do not expect to get money handed to you. You absolutely need to communicate via phone/ text any accomplishments. This does mean that you may pay for certificates out of pocket. This is what sets you apart from others in the company, and allows you to negotiate a higher salary.

    *Work/ life can be subjective to the project you are on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everyone complains about their pay because it is not competitive enough. I feel this is because there is a disconnect from serving IBM to serving the client. Incremental pay should be given so as to combat inflation; obviously. However, you need to have more group events so that people feel more connected to the organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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