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Updated September 3, 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 (1)

    Channel Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Channel Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Channel Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very autonomous position with little management supervision. If you are a self starter and can function without a lot of direction this is a great position. Great benefits and 401K program. Having the name of "IBM" on you business cards allows you access to many customers who might otherwise not give you the appointment

    Cons

    Lots of hours... Typical day is from 7-7. Travel is 50-75%. Quota's at times can be unattainable. Heavy on spreadsheet work and cadence calls.

    Advice to Management

    Make quota's more realistic that are tied to industry growth rates. This will drive a more productive sales team. Roll out better CRM tools.


  2. Helpful (1)

    IBM

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    Current Employee - Training Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Training Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible work environment and lot's of opportunity to move around. Lot's of jobs that involve travel. if that is important to you.

    Cons

    No clear vision and the technology is way behind. Everything is a process and it takes forever for anything to get done.


  3. Excellent Work Environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You work with incredibly smart people

    Cons

    Not many. A bit more clarity on compensation plan, particularly to sales force would be ideal.


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  5. Good employment for the long term.

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    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    benefits, macro-management, teamwork, growth, flexible.

    Cons

    outdated tech, some areas still micro-manage, out of touch management, below standard pay, still believes in office environment instead of leading in telecommuting.

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees the standard pay or above. Upgrade workstations to the latest tech every 3 yrs, not 4 to 5. Move to the new standard, telecommute macro-managing employees.


  6. Software Sales Manager Southeast, USA

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Super people, Access to large Customers, well respected company, deep bench to support clients & sales efforts, good work-life balance, long time sales culture, has invested in new initiatives

    Cons

    Recently has had negative publicity due to financials results, no equity for the majority of employees, tired product lines in several software divisions, new investments taking longer than anticipated to pay off.....lots of new inexperienced managers.....very high sales quotas resulting in lower commissions

    Advice to Management

    Continue to shift resources to business growth areas, train your managers better, less emphasis on Wall Street results, more investment in people


  7. Account Executive

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    OK place to work at the time

    Cons

    Too hard to get anything done


  8. Software Sales

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    Former Employee - Software Sales in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Software Sales in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Good logo. Lots of software to sell. Good reputation.

    Cons

    No upside. Lousy territories. Typically, no white space in a territory unless you get into a new space, such as mobile.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the sales obstacles and multi-layer sales management. Any good rep will leave after the frustrations of dealing with the sales prevention teams.


  9. Software Sales Specialist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    IBM's direction of where they need to be seems right on. Solid people work for the company and the expectations of all working hard for the best of the company are there

    Cons

    The company is not the same as it used to be with customers first, employees second and that contributes to the best for IBM. Think is is IBM business first, customers in there somewhere but the way it was making financials over the last few years was taking a good bit away from employees: 401K, insurance (always used to be top) and career goals.

    Advice to Management

    Remember Watson---he was respect for the individual employees would produce the best for the company. There was no turnover because people loved the company. the pendulum was too far for the employee but swung too far for the company. There is a middle ground.


  10. Excellent Training

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    Former Employee - Advisory Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Advisory Consultant in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at IBM (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I feel the company does a good job at investing in employees.

    Cons

    None that come to mind.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and the commitment to training.


  11. IBM lost of values

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Large company, name recognition, some work from home work/life balance benefits, good health insurance regardless of the constant increases

    Cons

    Too bureaucratic due to the immense size and the company has lost touch with employees treating them openly as resources /numbers vs actual valued, associates.

    Advice to Management

    Change management is needed here in North America,... to heighten morale and re-introduce the faith that the VPs actually care about the associates...NOT GLOBALLY but here in the US and Canada.



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