IBM Reviews

Updated February 27, 2015
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  1. IBM doesn't provide a healthy environment for working mothers.

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    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)

    Pros

    The pay was great and benefits were good

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management need more cultural and sensitivity training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful

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

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. I worked for almost 25 years for IBM Global Services

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    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Superbly professional IBM colleagues
    Career path options

    Cons

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

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

    IBM is not recommended.

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    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)

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 4 people found this helpful

    Dehumanizing

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Good People Poor work enviroment

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    Former Employee - Power Systems Sales in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Power Systems Sales in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The talent of people that you are able to work with in great and motivated. You have the ability to gain customers attention and start a conversation easily by stating you are from IBM and I would like to talk to you about .....

    Cons

    Cumbersome processes which make you feel that you are not in control or that your view point matters. Can not reach fast to customers questions and always need to set expectations that solutions or answers may take several days

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to the smart field sales people and organize the company to help them meet and beat customer expectations instead of having them catch arrows for sluggish responses

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Not for the motivated, or those wanting to grow their career.

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    Name recognition looks good on resume.

    Cons

    Lack of raises and bonuses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's not like they care, so I am not going to bother.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    What have you done for me TODAY because yesterday does not matter!

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    Former Employee - Associate Partner in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Associate Partner in Chantilly, VA

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work in different projects and clients.

    Cons

    Management has no loyalty for its employees. Employees are considered inventory rather than people. Change and growth enabled unqualified people to rise to executive positions. I was rated a 2+ and the following year my client had a large cut in their budget. Consequently, the client cut every contract in place and rescinded existing opportunities. Although my client directed as much work as possible to us, my sales were significantly down from the prior year when I was rated a 2+. Although I had been part of the organization from pre-PWC days and I was known for excellent to outstanding work, I was summarily fired although IBM tried to sugar coat it by saying there were too many employees at my level. This classification was a joke as they promoted others to band 10 during the same review. One of the employees promoted to band 10 had been fired by a client for doing a poor job yet the employee was promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Complete review of executives to identify those employees that are open to constructive criticism and do not punish employees that offer constructive criticism and suggest alternatives. Promote executives based on talent and experience rather than personal appearance, willingness to party and golf, and personal relationships

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    EPS and profits above everything else... rapidly becoming a giant mumbling rathole

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    Global company with huge portfolio of advanced software and hardware products, competitive cloud platform (SoftLayer) and good (but not great) service capabilities. Vast sales and distribution network across all industries, strong ties to government institutions (in most countries), access to the largest companies across the globe. Solid (but rapidly deteriorating) technical and consulting know-how. Attempts to "move decisions closer to the clients" are laudable, but drown in the sea of incompetence.

    Cons

    Mid-level management structure and their lack of skills (both technical and people-management) are absolutely atrocious. There are layers upon layers of "pointy-hair managers" - every other Dilbert cartoon seems to be inspired by IBM. 2015 EPS target drives all decision making, cost-cutting replaces innovation, and there is shortage of ideas where the new growth should come from.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate redundant management layers - not ground-level workers who do their jobs. Get real about rhetoric and make everyone "walk the walk", while getting behind the employees and focusing on client needs, not just profits and revenue disguised as "value-based pricing".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful

    No leadership or management, horrible culture

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    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

    Flexibility, great coworkers, decent salaries, chance to work with international colleagues

    Cons

    Deceptive leadership
    Lack of respect for employees
    Everyone refers to their layoff as "not if, but when"
    "Wal Mart of consulting" - projects are staff augmentation
    Benefits greatly reduced
    Company won't pay for any expenses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start at the top - it is the execs who are destroying the company, not the workers. You say we aren't delivering for customers, but who is responsible. If it truly the workers failing, then it is your hiring and training causing the problem. But let's be honest: you keep cutting resources, provide no support, and then wonder why we are failing. More and more of your top talent are either laid off or have left voluntarily. The rest of us (yes, top rated) are just waiting for the severance because we know we can get a job easily elsewhere when we are the one selected to go. And, it is telling that while you have lots of openings, those laid off can't transfer to one of those without a HUGE amount of executive intervention.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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