IBM Reviews

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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. Good for most

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Performance Test Lead in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Performance Test Lead in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible work schedules, great benefits, good opportunities to learn new things and grow

    Cons

    Bureaucratic environment, not much leeway on vacation times, hard to get promoted unless you're in sales


  2. Interesting work - lots of opportunity

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Working with a lot of smart people, and kept abreast of new technology

    Cons

    Can't think of any - happiness at your job is what you make of it

    Advice to Management

    there's quite a hierarchy here..could probably do with less layers of management


  3. Decent Job

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Travel, interesting assignments, rotating assignments, reasonable hours

    Cons

    Travel, potential long hours, minimal feedback, low performance to promotion correlation

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on your top performers -- allow them to move up. Force out bottom performers. More communication between BPM's and employees


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  5. IBM review

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

    I have been working at IBM

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    IBM is a great place to start your career. It provides a lot of opportunities to learn what you would be interested in.

    Cons

    Due to its size, it's difficult to feel like you are valuable as an individual


  6. IT Consultant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Deputy Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Deputy Project Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Many opportunities to develop professional skills and progress your career goals. IBM is a diverse company with many different businesses and most new technologies.

    Cons

    IBM is a big company with many mandatory business requirements and if you are not careful you can get lost in the bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    To be successful at IBM you have to be hands-on managing your career.


  7. Great company

    • 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 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Compensation is competitive. Are high quality people working there.

    Cons

    Difficult to earn a promotion. A lot of politics to navigate.

    Advice to Management

    Look more at the potential of each employee and find ways to retain quality people.


  8. Great company to gain skills

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    • 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture, large company with various career opportunities.

    Cons

    Complex career advancement procedure which makes promotion a little hard.

    Advice to Management

    Adjust the career advancement program for faster promotion


  9. Helpful (1)

    Good place to work. Smart employees, lots of project work to choose from.

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance, lots of project work and diverse staff.

    Cons

    Salary, raises and bonuses

    Advice to Management

    3 years and no raises for top performers is why people leave.


  10. IBM has been a great company to work for.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    My manager is very flexible, it seems like most managers will allow you to work from home at least a portion of the week. Many resources are available too, being such a big and established firm.

    Cons

    Having so many employees can make you feel unimportant. You have such a small hand dealt to you in regards to the grand scheme of things. Can sometimes make your work feel unimportant.


  11. A great place to work

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Predictable work schedule and plenty opportunity to learn and grow

    Cons

    Limited move up opportunities and other career opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Need to be more creative on top of procedure and process



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