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Updated August 28, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Avoid if you're ambitious

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very little actual work to do so the hours are great. People are generally nice. Since so little analysis or thought is required for the job it's very easy and simple.

    Cons

    Extremely boring and repetitive work. You won't gain any tangible skills from this job. Furthermore, your manager may be completely unaware of what your job actually entails since all different corporate finance functions are put together at the CoE. Instead of learning what the day to day work is for the analysts under him or her, your manager may be content to expect everyone to read their mind on a daily basis. Managers at the CoE in Rochester seem to think they are god's greatest gift to management when in fact they are simply supervisors for glorified clerks. Your manager will require of you to never approach work in an intelligent manner since they themselves are incapable of thought.

    Advice to Management

    Stop expecting employees to read your mind. Understand how little is required of the jobs people under you do.


  2. IBM consulting is not as attractive as it looks like

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    -Good brand name to work for. -Lot of self training opportunities. -Good pay scale.

    Cons

    - Not enough projects in consulting and it is very hard to get off the bench as more people and less projects are there. The consulting projects are take away by low cost Indian IT firms as IBM is not able to match the cost. This makes very frustrating for people who join the firm and the blame is put on them for not keeping up. - Not enough support from senior management, however they are very accessible.

    Advice to Management

    Provide support to new employees while on boarding and assign a mentor whom they can talk to. Plan and anticipate your human resource needs in advance.


  3. Helpful (2)

    constant massive layoffs all the time

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A recognized company name...for what that is worth.

    Cons

    If you are or will be a U.S. based employee of IBM then get accustom to constant outsourcing, offshoring, layoffs, reductions in force (RIFs), resource actions and job loss. IBM was a good, stable place to work, but that was decades ago. IBM is and will sell-out, undermine and ravage its own U.S. work force to make an extra dollar of profit by exploiting people in a cheap, poverty-stricken third world country.


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  5. Disappointment

    Former Employee - Systems Consultant in Holmdel, NJ
    Former Employee - Systems Consultant in Holmdel, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than a year)

    Pros

    Brand name company with no bite.

    Cons

    Has no currency even with long-term service provider clients to compete !!! When the clients terminate contracts, IBM cannot even place the services staff on other client contracts. Very meek resource managers with no clout to compete with other outsourcers.

    Advice to Management

    See Cons.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Not a place you'd want to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pros are pretty limited and so are the reasons to work here. It is a big company with many clients so that does present some opportunity to get experiences with different clients, although still the work may be repetitive or not at the upper tier of consulting work.

    Cons

    The projects are boring and low level IT projects as opposed to those that are truly strategic. In my time with the company a majority of the projects in my practice area were a failure or added no real value to the client. Career growth is terrible as management does a terrible job managing resources and basically only see resources as bodies to bill utilization, without caring about whether a project aligns with career aspirations or current skills at all.

    Advice to Management

    The management needs to focus on long term strategy and health of the company as opposed to short term / quarterly numbers. Also, lip service alone will continue to have your top talent exit as there are many other companies that do value their employees more than IBM does.


  7. Why everyone in IT has worked for IBM

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to learn about the business of IT. Friendly. Good work-life balance. Good benefits. Good mentoring. IBM can offer rapid advancement to those who fit the profile

    Cons

    Everything else that matters in the long run.

    Advice to Management

    Enjoy the good times while they last.


  8. Decent pay, not a ton of opportunities.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    pay was pretty competitive with similar companies, especially in areas with high cost of living. perks of traveling life. Could learn from a variety of projects if given the opportunity to move around.

    Cons

    not much room for growth, little control of career trajectory. Paid differently depending on the college you are coming from, which seems a bit unfair to me.

    Advice to Management

    help cbders have better control of the projects they are staffed on. There currently aren't enough cbd managers to give each cbder the attention they need to succeed in their role.


  9. IBM is EVIL

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    • Senior Management
    Current Freelancer - Freelancer in Jefferson City, MO
    Current Freelancer - Freelancer in Jefferson City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM (More than a year)

    Pros

    you have you pension stolen illegally which obama/bush make legal!

    Cons

    they fired you for doing a good job because they no longer care about you after your used up

    Advice to Management

    Stop breaking the law or you get kick out of the USA like you got kick out of INDIA


  10. The Rise And Fall Of IBM

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Prescott Valley, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Prescott Valley, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at IBM (More than a year)

    Pros

    All the 'Pros' disappeared from IBM starting back in 2008 when employees were identified at 'Resources'.

    Cons

    IBM is trying to go out of business.

    Advice to Management

    Technical staff are the people who gain the buy-in from customers not sales people.


  11. Outsourcing

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Control Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Production Control Analyst in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Not many for American workers anymore.

    Cons

    Outsourcing basically every quarter. Terrible management!!!

    Advice to Management

    Value American workers.



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