IBM Reviews

Updated March 19, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Great Company!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Brand Specialist in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Brand Specialist in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    -From a sales perspective, you never have to explain who IBM is, what they do, the company's financial health, etc.
    -If you can be part of a growth/investment area within IBM (Cloud, Analytics, Mobile, Social, Security) then you have the benefit of some of the most powerful minds, R&D activity and customers behind you to help sell.
    - Good culture and workplace - there are jerks here, but they seem to get noticed and dealt with pretty quickly. I've never had a boss that was incompetent and/or a jerk for more than a few months.
    - Mobile work - can go to an office or work from home
    - Good work/life balance opportunity
    - Benefits are pretty good and there are many perks at retailers, parks, etc. for IBMers.
    - Bring your own device for mobile and laptop

    Cons

    - Quota plan is split into halves - so you have a fist half quota and a second half quota. These can vary greatly from one half to the next and it often thought that Management uses this leverage to keep commissions lower. Or you can look at it as two opportunities to hit accelerators, but as we all know in sales, customers buy on their schedule, not yours...
    - There are many layers of middle management that are paid handsomely, but I could not explain to you what they do other than take data from the field and communicate it up. Past my third level manager (and I have 6 people between me and the CEO), I have never seen or had any involvement with these managers other than seeing them at conferences or all-hands conference calls which are all fluff.
    - Getting help at IBM with things like payroll or benefits or IT assistance can be daunting - the joke is that IBM stands for "I'm By Myself" For all the people and resources available at IBM, sometimes you have to raise your hand pretty high to get noticed, but the help is good once you get it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - At the highest levels - keep up the good work! No job or workplace is perfect, but after 4 years here at IBM in my 21 year total career, IBM is one of the best and more balanced places to work. It's a good culture.
    - Reduce the layers of expensive management rather than frontline and customer facing employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Senior Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Contractor - Senior Consultant in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at IBM as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great salary and it was remote.

    Cons

    Contract was too short with no support for a new placement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help to a person to find another opportunity within the company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Project Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Ability to Telecommute and work from home options readily available. The promotion process is very disorganized and hasn't been communicated by management.

    Cons

    Yearly layoffs of employees, even high performing employees.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 years with IBM. Lots of changes to match the market constant changing behavior.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SAP Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - SAP Consultant in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Lots of training.
    Lots of networking opportunity.
    Great team work.

    Cons

    Low pay.
    Bonus are rare.
    Restrusturing every other year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    create and encourge career growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Senior Sales Executive

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Leadership development programs and trainin

    Cons

    Little work and life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stronger leadership skills and promotions

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    IBM State of Georgia Account - Total waste of time. From the Senior Management Layer down there is no structure.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    There was nothing positive I can offer.

    Cons

    Day one on the job there was no orientation to get you acclimated to the environment. Team Lead is a contractor and they provide no leadership. The permanent employees didn't share information to assist you in performing your job functions and they were pretty disgruntled with the work load. In short this is a sweat shop.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Welcome new employees with information so they won't feel overwhelmed. Provide team members with someone to shadow, walk them through the process, show them how to perform their duties and meet their objectives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Company in Transition

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Good work life Balance and ability to work from home.

    Cons

    Promotion requires a lot of red tape. PDFA or promotion process is difficult. They need to streamline it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need determine future of Cloud and outsourcing businesses

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 3 people found this helpful

    25 years for nothing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Operations Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Customer Operations Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at IBM (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great International Company in the IT field

    Cons

    Upper Management cares nothing about their employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start paying attention again to employee morale or your workforce will just be out for themselves and will not care at all about the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Not a lot of job security

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Technical in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    IBM does a great job hiring amazing people. You'll find almost everyone is dedicated, hard working & professional and has a genuine interest in their customers success.

    Cons

    Unfortunately IBM does not offer job security. Every year they lay off thousands of talented people (also known as RA's or resource actions). The humanity is completely lost, especially when the layoffs have code names such as this last round "project chrome".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are way too many middle managers. Rather than laying people off to better your financials, take a pay cut or skip the bonus. Figure out how to utilize the talents you have and budget better rather than flip peoples lives upside down. Also, stop with the mandatory requirement of first line managers having to give out a percentage of low PBC ratings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful

    Not what it once was

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Relationship Representative in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Client Relationship Representative in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    IBM offers great insurance and the ability to work from home in most cases. Unlimited sick leave. Great training depending on your dept. Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Yearly layoffs are no longer surprising, There is no investment in employees. Sickening minimal increases are laughable. Many jobs moved out of the US...but not identified as outsourcing b/c IBM is a global company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tell your employees the truth...when it's time to look somewhere else, let people know. Stop bragging about how much cash we have and how many acquisitions we make.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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