IBM Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 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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    Mediocre

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Easy work. Call Center.

    Cons

    Hard to get out of micro managed, call center environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    empower employees

  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    More and more troubling by the day

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There have been plenty of chances for personal growth, as long as you grab hold and run with them. Many work-from-home opportunities if that is your thing. Customers genuinely appreciate the expertise you bring to the table.

    Cons

    The company is very bureaucratic overall, and generally run by the accountants for the accountants. The "temporary" spending freezes on practically everything have become "permanent" without avenues for exceptions for things you really do need to do your job. First line management has had most if not all decision making privileges taken away from them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on growing the business and increasing profits through top-line revenue growth. You can't keep cost-cutting your way to higher profits, and share buyback financial engineering tricks are going to eventually run out.

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

    Dedicated IBMer, but let down

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Middleware Anyalyst in Columbia, MO
    Former Employee - Middleware Anyalyst in Columbia, MO

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

    Pros

    Diverse learning environment.
    Great for entry level techs needing to get lots of hands on time.

    Cons

    Lots of work, with little staff to cover all the work.
    You are asked/expected to do 60-80 hours of work in a 40 hour week.
    No OT, any work over 40 hours is required to be "Flexed" out.
    Employees are severely underpaid!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your people what they are worth, not what Corp. tells you to pay them.
    Give your team all the tools needed to be successful, Paid education!!!

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

    It's what you make it, and it's a fight to make it.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Compared to other IT consulting companies, the culture is pragmatic and focused on delivering the right thing for the client. IBM is obviously huge, so it is what you make it. You'll work with very diverse teams. Some teams will be great, others will be poor. If you are willing to put in 60-70 hour weeks doing 40+ of client delivery and 20+ of business development and figuring out how to navigate the internal processes, you'll do great and get promotions and advance. If you want to work 40-44 hours a week just doing client work, you'll have a secure job, but don't expect a raise no matter how stellar your performance is at the client site.

    Cons

    Business development and proposal process is a mess, and you seemingly reinvent the wheel every time.
    It's easier to get a new job than get on a new project (this is really just for Public Sector GBS).
    You have to fight to make your own career happen, no one else is actually looking out for you. It's your job to write your own project performance evaluations, write the case to apply for a promotion and at the end of the day there are really just 2 numbers that matter most: billable utilization %, and dollars of sales wins.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The bottom few layers of managers are being consistently stripped of any power to actually make changes or make their own decisions in the interest of helping out their employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    A lot of indoctrination and dishonesty

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    Former Employee - Cyber Security in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Cyber Security in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    If you are coming, as a seasoned professional, do bargain and max out your offer and the sign-up bonus, You can get a very, very competitive offer when you just come aboard.

    If you play by the rules, don't drop any balls, and follow the crowd, you will have job security and peace of mind.

    Cons

    There is no any real raises after you are hired. There will be some symbolic raises and bonuses, but they are not worth mentioning.
    Be ready to work 44 hours a week or more, and get peanuts in return for extra hours.

    I have seen companies that really strive to develop their employees and facilitate educational endeavors. At IBM, you have to do it in your own personal time and at your own expense. No conference attendance.... No free access to even IBM-owned tools that you would love to master... After 10 years with IBM, you still won't know what Rational tools do, even if you really would love to know. Yeah, you can take an online course about Rational stuff, but you won't have access to any simulation environment or the actual tools!

    You will come in a professional expert in the latest technology and tools, and in 2-3 years you will have no knowledge of current stuff and won't even know about the latest tools...

    Also, they spend about 40% more time of various compliance mandatory educational courses that majority of employees don't really understand and are not interested in knowing.... In private, they despise of of "those non-sense courses".

    There will be constant drumbeat about integrity and honesty... They will offer a fairly low billable rate to the client, and then will saddle that client with a 44-hour base week, 20+ part-time support employees (that will cause headaches to PM and overruns to the project), and an over-bloated team of 20 guys for the job that can be done by 10. But.... who got ever fired for hiring IBM? ))

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read the Cons and consider.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Think again

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    None that I can think of

    Cons

    Salary and work life balance .............

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good overall ---

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Essex, VT
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Essex, VT

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

    Pros

    Lots of talented people to work with

    Cons

    Advancement is hard -- Job security is lacking due to repeated layoff's & selling rumours

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    "It's getting better all the time"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Work life flexibility
    Challenging assignments
    Continued education highly encourage
    Mobility
    Always new projects and technologies to work with
    Ability to find intellectually stimulating challenges

    Cons

    Always told next year will be better, 10 years and still haven't seen an improvement in the companies outlook or compensation practices
    Compensation is not competitive
    Not a driven workforce
    Bonus and raises linked to division expectations, that are rarely met
    Aging workforce, awaiting retirement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    I work with good people, but unfortunately the company is mostly driven by meeting EPS goals.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Very Smart employees, Good for gaining leadership experience, Company still has a lot of prestige (looks good on resume), Competitive Starting Salary & Benefits

    Cons

    Slow & Tedious Promotion Process (You essentially have to write 16 essays on why you deserve a promotion and this is with the new "less cumbersome" Go Organic process). Executive pay is tied to EPS Goals and any failure to meet those goals rolls down on employees and effects compensation. Company changed 401(k) matching so that match is paid in lump sum to 401(k) at the end of the year. You miss out on investment growth throughout the year and if you leave before 15 December, you don't receive any match for the entire year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being a slave to EPS goals and invest in your people, who are your most valuable assets.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Flexible work culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Boston, MA

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible, work from home option. Great tools for communicating within IBM - IM, telephone access at home, etc

    Cons

    Global teams sometimes mean odd work hours.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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