IBM Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
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Pros
  • Work from home 2 days/week if you have to commute over 45 minutes to the office (in 1297 reviews)

  • Work life balance ( Work from home) & wider opportunity if you have good network (in 1271 reviews)


Cons
  • Though the company espouses work life balance there is no getting away from work (in 410 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 207 reviews)

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  1.  

    Misguided and massive time wasting

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    Former Employee - Serf in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Serf in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Solid employer
    Leader in technology and innovation

    Cons

    time wasted on days and days of meetings with people using that to justify their own jobs.
    TOO much middle management
    TOO MANY MBAs
    Too many program to "help you do your job better" - invented by those same MBAs
    How many companies do you know that have a dozen or more layers of management between you and the top people.
    they were mean and lean in the early 2000's (turning the elephant period) but they have bloated into a massive money wasting entity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of redundant middle management.
    get rid of redundant programs across the brands
    when you as your employees what they think or would change - don't get them training because they just aren't seeing the Big Picture. We have lived in this industry and we know a few things.

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

    IT Nightmare

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    Current Employee - Computer Specialist in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Computer Specialist in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    I no longer work there.

    Cons

    IBM has the worst management Ive ever seen in my life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit your day job!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Employees are fleeing this company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    - Flexibility to work at home
    - Teammates are very talented and experienced
    - Lower level managers are supportive of your career goals

    Cons

    - IBM does not live by its 3 values. The company's only value is EPS (Earnings per Share)
    - Routine layoffs, pay cuts, furloughs, and benefit reductions in every division regardless of performance. When company is doing well these actions do not disappear.
    - Internal systems and software are poor for an established technology company
    - Very difficult to transfer internally as there are always hiring freezes
    - No perks. Need funding approvals to flush the toilet!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have lost the trust of customers and employees. It's too late to repair the damage. A senior leadership change is needed.

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

    Slow moving company

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Foster City, CA

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Enough time to look for next job

    Cons

    horrible management/process. No focus on innovation , no technical leadership

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Low moral, high-stress environment

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    Current Employee - Systems Administrator
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator

    I have been working at IBM as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Started off ok with decent pay, and pretty good employees and managers, telecommuting is great. option is great.

    Cons

    Massive lay-offs every year ( of both contractors and regular IBMers ) leaves everyone stressed and morale incredibly low. Incompetant management. Pay freezes, furloughs, unpaid overtime. Extreme pressure to meet deadlines without compensatiom, and while understaffed, some teams by 50%

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees and less like resources!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    software engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    flexibility, plenty of opportunities if flexible

    Cons

    nothing !

  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Such potential to be a great company, too bad they treat employees like doo doo

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    Former Employee - Technical Solutions Manager in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Technical Solutions Manager in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    The pay is not bad, technology is tops, and the have some nice people to work with. Currently shifting to cloud and consulting, as well as software, not a hardware play anymore.

    Cons

    Pay is being cut, people fired all the time, and only exist to please Wall Street. Terrible place to work. They make you train your replacement, and the work environment is such that you look over your shoulder all the time for the next chopping block session.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Divest and shut down. It's not the IBM of old, time to cut it up and be done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unfortunate finance roles

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN

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

    Pros

    I learned a base understanding of becoming a financial analyst. That's it, nothing more. Stayed at the base - thanks to the location in Rochester, Minnesota.

    Cons

    The level of work (extremely entry level), the atmosphere (felt like I was in college), seemed like there were 300 analysts and 2 managers (no real growth positions), cheap, we had to vacuum our own offices. Yay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open up the pocket book and entire your employees to stay a bit longer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    7 years of outsourcing, off-shoring, downsizing, pay decreases with increased workloads, benefit evaporations.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, working from home.

    Cons

    Management is top-heavy. Jobs of hard-working U.S. employees are constantly being outsourced, off-shored, downsized. Cost-cutting is the only goal. Ageism is rampant. No job security. Project Management is a joke: efficiency and hard work is ignored, old knowledge/experience has been retired, cut up and replaced by multiple foreign workers who don't know or understand how anything works together. Pay has decreased every year, no bonuses, OT no longer paid. No pension, 401(k) company match only at end of calendar year if one is "lucky" enough to still be employed. Employee morale could not be lower. Non-management employees considering unionizing. Employee desktop tools are last century; offshore "Help" desk not helpful as they cannot understand questions or "don't know that product."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why is cost-cutting the top goal of every IBM organization? And why are hard-working employees the first casualties of cost-cutting? Start appreciating the knowledge and experience of your seasoned employees. Start rewarding employees for hard work and productivity. Stop off-shoring U.S. jobs.

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

    Management very self-serving, not looking out for the good of the company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere among engineers
    Interesting work

    Cons

    Management encourages engineers to deceive other managers so they look good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward managers who actually embrace the one team mantra, fire those who don't

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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