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IBM Reviews in Alpharetta, GA

Updated May 8, 2014
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2.8 4 reviews

61% Approve of the CEO

IBM CEO Virginia Rometty

Virginia Rometty

(3,358 ratings)

33% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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Pros
  • Most managers are pretty flexible if you want to work from home a couple days a week (in 1228 reviews)

  • There are no unrealistic expectations causing work-life balance to be messed up (in 1189 reviews)


Cons
  • Though the company espouses work life balance there is no getting away from work (in 373 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 202 reviews)

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    Great benefits, opportunities to advance for some, no loyalty for long time employees. take charge of your career.

    Senior IT Specialist/Project Manager (Former Employee) Alpharetta, GA

    ProsBig company with lots of opportunity to move into new positions if you are persistent about moving up and don't get complacent in your job. Good work-life balance, work at home, great benefits, training available IF you have a manager willing to speak up and get approval for you.

    ConsNO loyalty to long time employees when it comes to resource actions. I was loyal to company and remained in same position because they didn't have anyone else to support application and thought I was helping out. All it really did was hurt me in the end. When I was not allowed to move to another position or get training to complete certification I should have started looking for a job outside the company. Laid off after 10+ years. They were offshoring many jobs to BRIC countries.. Initially very upset with company but would go back to them with different mindset and this time use them for my own personal development and advancement.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop offshoring and if you move jobs to central US to take advantage of cheap labor then consider finding jobs for those who don't want to relocate. You should recognize that loyal employees who have stayed with you for over 10 years have value which cannot easily be replaced. When you bring on new PMs from India they may be cheaper in initial salary but end up costing you a lot more by wasting countless hours of much higher band stakeholders who have to sit on the call trying to give status updates to someone who cannot understand what is going on.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good for about a decade.

    Software License Analyst (Former Employee) Alpharetta, GA

    ProsNice environment for supporting outsourced accounts and often able to work at customer sites or remotely. IBM offers competitive salaries and educational opportunities for some positions.

    ConsIBM is one of the leaders in off-shoring jobs and if you're in a role that's offshored, you have about a 90% chance of being cut in a resource action. They target folks who have been around 10 to 15 years and maxed out on salaries. They start by lowering your performance rating without supporting evidence and once that happens, you're history. They supposedly give you an opportunity to find another position in the company but once your names on the cut list, that won't happen. The folks who stay are chosen based on personality vs performance within the group.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThey should at least be honest with employees for the resource actions vs using false information to lower their ratings.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A company that manages its balance sheet well, but not its employees

    Senior Systems Engineer (Current Employee) Alpharetta, GA

    ProsThey allow work from home. Helps balance work -life during normal work days!

    ConsWork is way too much and without any overtime pay!! When the time's bad, they make you sit at home without pay for months on furloughs!! They unlike many other companies cannot have anyone sit without work for even a moment! They do not even inform ahead of time of impending furloughs, for you to find a better opportunity..its always last minute that way!

    Advice to Senior ManagementIts not always about working towards managing 'stock price' but there is a lot more involved in running a company!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    IBM for the most part is a good company to work for. Expect long hours and little job security.

    IT Specialist (Former Employee) Alpharetta, GA

    ProsMost of the people are really nice and hardworking. The company has a good reputation. Excellent with EEO. Often very flexible with work hours. Compensation is competitive and benefits are good.

    ConsAs a general rule, you will be expected to work at least 50 hours a week and do give back in addition to your normal work hours. This is to meet productivity goals and must be done even in slow times. (Giveback is good, it you had the time to do it) The job is not secure. Periodically IBM does massive layoffs. It doesn't matter if you are on the bench or have a revenue producing assignment, if you are in the wrong group at the wrong time, you will be laid off.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInstead of doing mass layoffs, look for other ways to save money. It used to be that people were IBM's most valuable asset.
    Review productivity goals and the original purpose for them. Overtime is necessary from time to time to meet deadlines. It doesn't make sense to be putting in hours to meet productivity goals when hours are just being put in for the sake of putting in hours. Also, when employees are constantly putting in massive amounts of overtime, they are more prone to mistakes and "real" productivity goes down. Current productivity goals are determined by the number of hours put in and I can't believe that was the original purpose of the productivity goals.

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