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 (2)

    IBM Tivoli Sales group

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at IBM

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    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.


  2. 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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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


  3. 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

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

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

    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


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

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.


  6. 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

    I have been working at IBM

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    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.


  7. 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

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

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

    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


  8. Global Business Services (GBS) - Financial Management - Risk Management - Consultant

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Firm contribution activities not absolutely mandatory

    Cons

    felt disjointed from the firm

    Advice to Management

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


  9. Helpful (1)

    IBM workplace

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (2)

    Not What It Used To Be

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Senior Consultant

    • 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

    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

    Work / Life Balance. Ability to work at home.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your resources and manage



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