IBM Reviews

Updated July 9, 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 (1)

    Not the best, but not the worst for hardware engineers.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Service Representative in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Systems Service Representative in Ashburn, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Gas mileage reimbursement makes a nice bonus to base pay.

    Cons

    They're cheap. They want to pay less than average. Expect you to work overtime or commission to make any real money. HR is outsourced to India and most functions to run the company are very impersonal.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees like real people, instead of blue collar factory workers.


  2. Helpful (2)

    IBM Tivoli Sales group

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Able to work remotely. Big name brand helps open sales doors.

    Cons

    Compensation dropped year after year based upon the calculations they kept changing on how sales personnel were compensated. No visibility into upper management or the decisions they make. Too much internal competition between organizations that are supposed to support each other. Dog eat dog environment.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck keeping quality people with your current policies and bad decision making.


  3. Helpful (2)

    unfair performance reviews, underpaid

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great resume builder to work for a company as big and well known as IBM. Great healthcare benefits for full time employees. As an employee you get a lot of discounts from various companies.

    Cons

    Because of the size of the company it's extremely hard to get recognized for good work. Pay raises ate based on a ranking system that is unfair. I say this because senior management tells your direct manager how many people they can select for each ranking. 1 is the best 4 is the worst, only 10% of staff can be a 1, 10% can be a 2, the 80% left need to be 2's and 3's. Only people with 1's get a raise.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize people for there hard work. Get rid of this unfair ranking system or don't tell managers how many people in there staff can be each ranking. Increase pay to keep experienced employees.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Mandatory retirement

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good opportunity if you're young and talented and keep up with technology

    Cons

    Business operations people last the longest. Technically strong employees cost too much so there is a wall we all hit just a bit too early.

    Advice to Management

    Sell


  6. Helpful (2)

    Promotion process is worse than senate confirmation!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Architect in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - IT Architect in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of well-educated, experienced colleagues. A good company to put on your resume and move on.

    Cons

    Promotion process is very bureaucratic. Average years to be promoted is 8 years if you are lucky. A lengthy process followed by board review makes the promotion process lengthier than senate confirmation!

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to be nimbler in promotion and rewards. Do something for employee morale. use Watson


  7. Helpful (2)

    IBM is fine, nothing more

    • 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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Brand name. Make it easy to work remotely / from home

    Cons

    Administrative burden can be ridiculous Terrible people management structure very difficult to get recongnized for good work if work doesn't involve sales


  8. Helpful (1)

    Grindhouse

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Three week vacation Client facing Opportunities to be placed in high responsibility positions once senior leads leave the projects they've ruined

    Cons

    Poor management Poor skill development Poor work/life balance Poor compensation compared to competitors

    Advice to Management

    More focus on existing employees Pay to retain talent


  9. Eh. Good benefits, but culture is hit or miss

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This company offers great benefits

    Cons

    People can be ruthless and mean, unclear how to meet org objectives. Contract work often contradicts org policy.


  10. Helpful (3)

    IBM - Perspective after 4 years

    • 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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a very big sandbox and you can work with some amazing colleagues. You have access to a portfolio of powerful products.

    Cons

    In a financial crunch now. The matrix structure results in redundancy of effort. Losing talent for many years. Restructuring will continue for a while.

    Advice to Management

    Management knows what they need to do to attract and retain talent. Good managers are focused on making their numbers and don't have much latitude.


  11. Helpful (2)

    IBM is not the company it used to be

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Architect in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - IT Architect in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Work with the latest technology Large organization with the ability to move around

    Cons

    When the company does not meet its numbers you are prone to layoffs IBM's benefits used to be some of the best in the industry, that is no longer the case. Compensation trails other employers

    Advice to Management

    Give small massive bonuses to upper management and improve the compensation of the average employee



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