IBM Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
11,580 Reviews
3.1
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Pros
  • Most managers are pretty flexible if you want to work from home a couple days a week (in 1228 reviews)

  • There are no unrealistic expectations causing work-life balance to be messed up (in 1189 reviews)


Cons
  • Though the company espouses work life balance there is no getting away from work (in 373 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 202 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Low moral and not getting any better

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    Current Employee - IT Architect  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - IT Architect in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    Great potential for the future and a lot of great ideas being talked about that could make a very bright future.

    Cons

    Currently too focused on financials and not growing talent, skills, retention, and reassurance of the overall company direction. The top technical resources are being scooped up by other companies by the hour. The company attempt to pretend they are providing education is extremely too focused on current highlighted technologies, but what the company forgets is that even the latest and greatest direction, like Cloud, requires many other skills underneath to be able to provide and improve on that give area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read my Cons. If the company only concern is what we are delivering now, and what the future of what is being delivered now, they are missing on many other areas that could be the talk of the future. Go back to investing more on R&D. That is was placed this company on the map initially as a technology giant. We are now more of a follower of what other companies are coming up with. I'm a proud IBMer, but I have to be able to be honest of the current situation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Work at IBM

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, lots of learning opportunities.

    Cons

    After many rounds of layoffs, workers morale is really low.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Still Big Blue

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    Current Employee - Client Representative  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Client Representative in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Still innovate and forward looking. Full of very smart people.

    Cons

    Not as nimble as its
    competitors. Hard to be creative when responding to customer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Push decisions down to the field. Remove the handcuffs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    The good, the bad, Big Blue

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The employees are smart and motivated. Always coming up with new ways of doing things. Always seemingly willing to help. Global environment is fun.

    Cons

    Management works in silos and seems to support themselves to achieve their bonuses. Salaries are below market considering the type of company. Age may be an issue for promotional opportunities--you can get stuck in a role and stay for years doing the same thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The performance review system doesn't work and can be a demotivator.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Summer internship at IBM Dubuque

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    Former Employee - Summer Intern  in  Dubuque, IA
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Dubuque, IA

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

    Pros

    I interned at the IBM Dubuque, delivery center in Iowa. Here are some of the things I liked about interning there.

    Good team mates.. I was able to shadow system administrators
    Great manager
    Good training from IBM in house training portal, I had a total of about 12 training throughout the 8 weeks I was there
    The name of the company on my resume

    Cons

    Not too many technical projects for intern to work on.

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Big Company

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    Former Employee - Consulting IT Specialist  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Consulting IT Specialist in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    People in general are nice. Opportunities to work with really big projects and customers. Benefits are good.

    Cons

    It's huge. Your advancement depends on how good you are building relationships with upper management.
    Things move slowly because of multiple layers of management. A lot of incompetent managers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too much outsourcing and not enough qualified supervisors and managers.

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Tulsa, OK

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

    Pros

    When I worked there, IBM was understanding about work/life balance.

    Cons

    Low pay, and you are required to take your laptop home every night and basically be on call.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    LIghten up. The people from Armonk need to be diversified in Accounting. When I worked there, Armonk took away every little thing that made work fun, like replacing the coffee machine with those pods. That has to be a lot more expensive plus they taste horrible. You had to buy your own needs, like adding machines and ergonomics went out the window.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    10 years, good, but enough

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    Former Employee - Sales Specialist  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good corporate package of benefits. Prestigious name to open doors.

    Cons

    Managed by spreadsheet. No real long term culture. Very impersonal and overly virtualized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't lose sight of the value of good staff while making your macro moves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great people, challenging atmosphere

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Highly intelligent and motivated co-workers; great people to be around. Willingness to do what's right for the customer is prominent.

    Cons

    Maniacal focus on earnings has led to reliance on annual spending reductions, and limited (or no) vision for growth. Atmosphere for employees has been stifling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Organic investment - not just marketing billion dollar investments in the news - is overdue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Nice to Work From Home, Some Smart People, Work with People from all over the globe

    Cons

    salary, bonus, promotion process, Some People/managers

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