IBM Reviews

Updated February 17, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    IBM is not the company it used to be

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Architect in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - IT Architect in Washington, DC

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. Global Business Services (GBS) - Financial Management - Risk Management - Consultant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Firm contribution activities not absolutely mandatory

    Cons

    felt disjointed from the firm

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure that if IBM resources are used as sub-contractors, that they are still able to be involved with other firm activites.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. IBM workplace

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consulting Marketing Representative in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consulting Marketing Representative in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Good place to start your career but with idea to move on to another Company within a few years. IBM is not interested in developing careers.

    Cons

    From CEO through Executive Management team there is an absence of leadership and commitment to employee and customer success. More of a financial management company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in new and game changing technologies and stop abusing your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Not What It Used To Be

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

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

    Pros

    Depending on your manager and your position, you can work from a home office.
    Obviously IBM has name recognition.

    Cons

    PBC rating system is seriously flawed. Even as a 2+ (strong performer) there are no salary increases. In over 4 years with 2 and 2+ ratings, no salary increase.
    The executive management cares about nothing except lining their pockets before they jump ship with their golden parachutes.
    Despite continued claims by our CEO, there is no true direction for the company, only fluff and vaporware.
    Despite continued losses in revenue and decline in stock price, CEO was awarded a $3.6M bonus while massive layoffs continue.
    No longer any chance of moving to new opportunities within different organizations unless you are a "good ole boy".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Candidly, it is time to replace many of the executive management. The IBM ship needs a new captain if we will ever regain a steady course. Put investment into training and education for employees and they will reward the company with hard work and stellar customer service. Start rewarding employees with pay raises or more talent and knowledge will continue to walk out the door voluntarily.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Senior Consultant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    Work / Life Balance. Ability to work at home.

    Cons

    Salary, dwindling benefits, quality of work, career growth opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your resources and manage

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful

    A big, stodgy, mismanaged ship that's sinking

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    - Flexible work schedules and locations, work from home options, offices everywhere
    - A big name company
    - So big and poorly managed that you can coast while you look for a new job

    Cons

    Everything about IBM's software group is so backwards, behind the times, and inefficient - the leaders, the technology, how they work, etc.

    They only people who speak well about IBM are those who have been with the company since they were 22 and have pension plans waiting for them. The positive reviews here on Glassdoor are all fake and from their HR department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nearly all the managers and leaders should quit. Nothing will change unless they bring in new leadership and management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Bought when company bought in 2002, feels like a body shop, disconnected from corporate mainstream.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity if you're willing to put in the hours, follow their policies and practices, and get a little bit lucky selling business and working for and with good people, of whom there are plenty. Decent benefits. Lots of resources, but can be difficult to locate, access, and utilize

    Cons

    Living with no raise in the last six years because I'm not rated in the top 5% of performers. Performance rated by people who know nothing about you and have very limited input and criteria. Promotions available but require tedious documentation, changing criteria, evaluation by people who again know nothing about you, other than what you put on your personal sales document soliciting a promotion, and have sales expectations, which is not where I or many want to go. No pension any more and 401K contribution diminishing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If your intent is to foster and nurture a culture of self-serving employees, who's first concern is themselves rather than the client or the company, in all ways and at all times, then you are doing just fine. Personally, I didn't grow up and have not lived my life to be self-serving but to contribute, earn my reasonable share, and be part of something bigger than myself with purposes bigger than myself. That's not what I see your management style inculcating, rather, the exact opposite. I'll be leaving before too long; good luck with that style, be surprised at what it yields.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Great time

    Former Employee - Accountant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Accountant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    International environment
    Lots of training
    Good coworkers

    Cons

    Poor benefits and salary
    No work life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

  10. Good benefits and great work life balance. Not a great work environment

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, good work life balance. Except to get what you would get at any large american corporation. The benefits are good, the network is large, there are opportunities to work remotely.

    Cons

    No training, not great work environment, no mentorship. IBM is a factory for entry level work. Tons of people leave after a year or two in the organization. The people that stayed for longer in the consulting world were not very happy at the company and they showed it. It was hard to find people who had been there for an extended time and were happy with their jobs. I didn't know any.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Create career pathways
    - Get people on remote consulting projects more involved with other people
    - Assist with B-school payments so people are incentivized to come back

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    There has to be something better out there

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

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

    Pros

    Having IBM on your resume looks nice, medical benefits are good, really is trial by fire so you really have to learn quickly.

    Cons

    Forget everything they've ever said in onboarding or while talking to executives - IBM's primary goal is their bottom line and to them people are disposable. They do a poor job of selling and writing contracts and the workers bees have to deal with the repercussions of undersold contracts and not enough projects in the pipeline for when we hit the bench. Compensation is terrible, you will not make the market value for your skillset unless you come in at that rate and the possibility of ever achieving that rate is slim to none otherwise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    EXTREMELY POOR MANAGEMENT - since IBM is so quick to lay off, how about laying off all of these poor managers and recruiting new managers who actually add value. Mid Level Managers are dismissive, rude, condescending and add absolutely NO value (resource staffing personnel included). Good luck getting an answer or assistance with anything unless you have their boss' boss copied on the email. Good luck on getting funding for training/education expenses. Sure, they tell you they provide assistance but really they don't because there is never any available funding for it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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