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3.2 4 reviews

61% Approve of the CEO

IBM CEO Virginia Rometty

Virginia Rometty

(3,364 ratings)

25% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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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    plenty of work to go around ...

    Program Manager, Technology (Current Employee) Bentonville, AR

    ProsThere is so much opportunity to provide value and make an impact since there is just so much work to go around.

    ConsThere are many areas significantly understaffed given the business commitments made through senior management and through some of the poor budgeting processes. This means that there's too much work and often people are asked to sacrifice work-life balance. At the same time, employees have more control than some realize since there is a respect for quality work and personal boundaries if one sets them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the people in your organization... and not just the ones that make the most noise.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Not a good place

    Technical Specialist (Former Employee) Bentonville, AR

    Prosworked third shift and the shift was quiet

    ConsNO formal training and not a positive enviroment

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to properly train new hires and not with people that don't have people skills

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Good job flexibility helps offset stagnant salary/career growth.

    Staff Software Engineer (Current Employee) Poughkeepsie, AR

    ProsTremendous work flexibilty in terms of when and where to work. Depending on job may work with some of the best minds in the industry. Salary and benefits are competitive, however the cost of living in the Poughkeepsie, NY location has gotten dramaticly more expensive over the past few years but salaries haven't nearly kept up to make it worthwhile to live/work here instead of for example a place like Austin, TX.

    ConsStagnant salary and career growth. New hires fleeing due to uninpired leadership and work. Very low morale. High cost of living and not other opportunities in the area outside of IBM keeps salaries down.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus more on employees instead of just the bottom line and you may be surprised as the impact on the bottom line

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Quit managing in the short term

    Development Manager (Current Employee) Poughkeepsie, AR

    ProsMany opportunities if you want to travel. Working directly for a client can be rewarding.

    ConsMany opportunities, BUT you have to travel. There is really no work-life balance. If you are supporting commercial clients, the clients come first above everything else. If you are in the I/T side of the business, you have no work-life balance. The 100% expectation is to be "on the road". Nothing else matters and there is no sympathy from exec management. IBM has spun the media on this and it is beyond me why the covers do not get blown off on this issue.

    Advice to Senior ManagementQuit offshoring talented workers. You are killing the company in the long run.

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