IBM Reviews

Updated July 21, 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. Sales Engineer

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    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Silver Spring, MD

    I worked at IBM (More than a year)

    Pros

    IBM is one of the most globally recognized companies and employment there carries a degree of status and credibility. Despite being a large company, working teams are small. Areas of IBM are incredibly innovative and cutting edge.

    Cons

    If you do not aggressively negotiate the salary you want as part of the interview process, you are pretty much stuck. Getting respectable raises is nearly impossible. It is difficult to figure out the "culture" of IBM. So many small companies are acquired and absorbed into the organization, it is hard to see cohesion and really understand the corporate identity.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Financial Consultant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Work from home options pending client

    Cons

    No structured training process for career growth.

    Advice to Management

    Be more proactive in your associates career path


  3. Benefits great but slow to give out training dollars

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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 a year)

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

    Pros

    People are talented and gifted; a lot of projects to roll onto to try different roles/responsibilities. Work with a variety of people where you can learn from; people who've been with the company for 10+ years and those at least a year. Benefits are great - covers dental, medical, etc.

    Cons

    Depending on who you have as your manager and who he/she reports to, you may or may not get training dollars - you need to talk to the right people (mainly those higher in the chain) to get the training you need to get ahead for your own career development

    Advice to Management

    Please look out for those who joined the company and do not lie to them about your rating system - and how many 1s or 2+s you give out to your staffers.


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    IT Consultant

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    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Arlington, VA

    I worked at IBM

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive Compensation, Benefits, and Career Opportunities. Access to a plethora of training opportunities. Surrounded by extremely intelligent and experienced consultants.

    Cons

    Disconnected management, understaffing on projects is common, risk of being pigeon-holed into a service area that does not match your career goals.


  6. IBM Review

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

    I worked at IBM full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Provide a competitive salary. Excellent health benefits. Super 401K with company match.

    Cons

    Not able to change job to another project easily. Don't live up to promises in regard to salary increases and profit sharing bonuses. Hard to get approval for necessary training to support client needs

    Advice to Management

    Deliver on promises made to incoming employees in regard to items referred to in the Cons section.


  7. Helpful (5)

    Get the name (if you need it ) and head out

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    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Herndon, VA

    I have been working at IBM full-time

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

    Pros

    Great group of professionals to work with and for

    Cons

    - Forget about your life - your utilization targets are 110% ... not sure if that is even legal - When your executives are not closing deals, you get bad ratings which means no salary increases and no bonus ... even though you could be working around the clock - When you executives are closing deals, you barely get any meaningful bonus because you are delivery guy (or what they started calling it past couple of weeks client service professional)

    Advice to Management

    Everyone including our first line managers are under a lot of pressure for unrealistic utilization targets driving morality and loyalty for many of employees down,


  8. Helpful (1)

    Sales Director

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    Former Employee - Sales Director in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Sales Director in Reston, VA

    I worked at IBM

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Cutting edge technology. Fast paced.

    Cons

    90% of the people are great. The other 10% are corporate vipers. Not a healthy environment. Not your fathers/mothers IBM of 30 years back. The management can be brutal. Unrealistic expectation.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like you would like to be treated.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great opportunities with new technologies

    Cons

    Work life balance and rewards

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your people


  10. Senior Managing COnsultant

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    Current Employee - Enterprise Architect in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Enterprise Architect in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at IBM

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

    Pros

    Lot's room to learn new things.

    Cons

    The much internal process and a lot overhead.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Mediocre - stingy company, but good co-workers

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

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible (depending on client) and pretty good work life balance relative to other firms. Boots on the ground staff are usually very good 80%+ of the time. Very project dependent. Some projects are great, others not so much. Middle management is hit or miss, but generally pretty good (bands 8-10).

    Cons

    However, senior management (aka management you never see) are not very good and disconnected from middle management. Middle management is not empowered and must try to play along with the changing games created by senior management. Senior management sets unrealistic targets / goals. Many policies are likely driven by IBM corporate, which have negative impacts on the consulting practice (GBS), which needs to operate fundamentally differently than a normal corporation. The company is super stingy. It seems as though IBM will do whatever it can to push costs onto the employee. Compared to other firms, it's gotten to the point of being a joke. It can be a challenge to get basic supplies and many staff are still forced to use archaic software such as word 2003. (I believe they may be starting to upgrade Word 2003 now in 2015.)

    Advice to Management

    1) Carefully assess any cost cutting measures. Some substantially reduce productivity. Saving $200 on a software license that will end up making your employee lose hours of productivity over several years is dumb. Especially if their bill rate is >$100/hr. Would recoup the cost in less than 2h, but instead make you endure and probably lose dozens of hours of productivity over a few years. 2) Compensate your staff or you will lose them. A new graduate hire should never make more than a prior graduate hire in the same role w/ an additional 2 years of experience at IBM. Only at IBM does that ever happen. 3) Stop being short-sighted and driven purely by this quarter's financials. Plan for the long-term.



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