IBM Reviews

Updated June 19, 2015
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Pros
  • You can work from home or office (when you are in town) (in 1347 reviews)

  • Depending on projects - excellent work-life balance (in 1315 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is basically non existent (in 423 reviews)

  • Senior management has lost it's sense of what the corporate mission is (in 214 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    not recommended

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA

    I worked at IBM

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    cant think of any at all

    Cons

    Middle management runs on deception and lies and gets away with it every time.


  2. Helpful (4)

    I'm By Myself

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Internal processes and infrastructure were well established. Easy to manage your health and dental benefits. If your need was to work from home/less demanding, it could be accomplished with one's manager. If the right relationship was in place.

    Cons

    No one cared what I was working on for entire time. No knowledge about individual skills or interests. No communication from leadership. Proactive staff, not appreciated. Billable hours, the only metric that mattered.

    Advice to Management

    Innovation isn't a by-product of addressing the same issues in the same manner.


  3. Helpful (2)

    They don't care about you - Penny-wise, pound-foolish

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Herndon, VA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great exposure to senior roles/responsibilities when starting your career.
    Provide you professional skills to take elsewhere.
    High-value name brand. Friends/future employers think "ooh big blue"

    Cons

    They do not stick to commitments. They will consistently go back on their word.
    Lie about promotion salaries
    Delay your raises
    Not payout bonuses
    Resource action (fire) valuable resources on your project and make you pick up the load.

    Advice to Management

    Focusing on the long-term business (client satisfaction from adequately staffed projects and investing in employee appreciation and community-buildling. Taking short-term losses to drive long-term rewards may be a better strategy. Driving via exigent account metrics may not be the best strategic approach to driving long-term value.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Practice Executive

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Practice Executive in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Practice Executive in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at IBM (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Large number of areas to wok across the company.

    Cons

    Nepotism is rampant across the company, When layoffs come they circle the wagons

    Advice to Management

    Let the good employees surface based on perfomance


  6. Helpful (4)

    Poor management and unreasonable expectations

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IBM full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great pay and good benefits. Depending on the project you may have flexibility to work from home some days.

    Cons

    Many managers were disrespectful and unprofessional. No boundaries (calls from managers all day/evening and work almost every weekend). Must record your time, for every 15 minutes, every day. Must work a minimum of 45 hours a week. Must meet annual billable hour rates which can be unreasonable if you are in between projects and cannot bill hours. Part of annual review is how much "give back" (e.g, community service) you did outside of work hours. Must have at least 40 hours of education credits each year (again, time spent outside of regular workday on new learning which takes away from your billable rate/calculation). Many

    Advice to Management

    Good compensation will not retain employees (see current high turnover rate for Washington DC federal IBM consultants). Managers must be trained to be better people managers and take interest in their employees. Managers must learn to be respectful of employees.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Penultimate big company, cares only for their bottom line and could not care less for their employees.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Exposure to technology, heavy sales environment in services division where you are pressured to sell IBM technology.

    Cons

    Too many, but too many layers of management and bureaucracy at IBM with a ruthless focus on billing productivity above even impacting customer mission. It is terrible here. They should not be in services at all.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of services, you are conflicted by nature as a technology provider.


  8. IBM doesn't provide a healthy environment for working mothers.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay was great and benefits were good

    Cons

    There is extreme pressure to meet their needs - bottom line.

    Advice to Management

    The management need more cultural and sensitivity training.


  9. I worked for almost 25 years for IBM Global Services

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IBM

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Superbly professional IBM colleagues
    Career path options

    Cons

    Short-sighted, managing only to expense reduction, stock price
    Disrespectful of employees


  10. Helpful (3)

    IBM is not recommended.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Rockville, MD

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    I honestly have no good things to report about working for IBM. I do not recommend working for this company.

    Cons

    Disorganized place that disrespects it's employees.

    Too large to give employees individual attention.

    Even though this is a high tech company they still give their employees very outdated, failing computers.


  11. Helpful (4)

    Dehumanizing

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Service Delivery Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Service Delivery Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the people with whom I worked were pros for this organization - some of my peers, the technical line staff, and occasionally an executive who understands the balance of delivering well with ensuring overdelivery is avoided. Executives take the manager's side on most manager-employee disputes.

    Cons

    They offer very poor compensation vs. the market, and offer no consideration of work-life balance. People at sub-executive levels literally live in fear of "resource actions" that are executed annually to move more resources offshore for a (currently) favorable price model. Repositioning the truth to the customer to reflect internal changes in policy or strategy is commonplace.

    Advice to Management

    If you choose to work for them in this capacity, expect overwork (80-90 hours/week without a break for months and months on end). IBM promotes and encourages an overarching corporate drive to move all domestic resources offshore for no quality reasons, but to simply offer the customer a cheaper deal.



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