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  1. great place for a career

    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at IBM

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    People products compensation salary benefits

    Cons

    Politics long Hours travel structure lack of respect

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. Helpful (3)

    Director, Business Development

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director of Business Development in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Director of Business Development in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at IBM (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some smart people, average benefits and pay

    Cons

    Poor product management, leadership, horrible management and evaluation process. "You can find better [than IBM], but you can't pay more." is spot on. Not leaders in any product, service or industry or geography that they compete in. They will advance a woman or minority over much more qualified individuals.

    Advice to Management

    Quit


  3. Helpful (2)

    Great Company!

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    - 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.


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  5. Associate Partner

    Former Employee - Associate Partner in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Associate Partner in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Brand, Smart people, stellar solution development, Big ERP, Advanced Analytics, Competitive compensation, OK work life balance, good training and development,

    Cons

    limited advancement, its all about SAP, multiple changes in organization alignment and practices, No bonus, limited strategy and management consulting capabilities outside of technology

    Advice to Management

    do you homework when it comes to market demands and competitive compensation. Look to targeted retention plans for specific areas of development. do a better job managing RIFs


  6. great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Great salary and it was remote.

    Cons

    Contract was too short with no support for a new placement

    Advice to Management

    Help to a person to find another opportunity within the company


  7. Project Manager

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.


  8. 4 years with IBM. Lots of changes to match the market constant changing behavior.

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

    I have been working at IBM

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    create and encourge career growth.


  9. Company in Transition

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    Need determine future of Cloud and outsourcing businesses


  10. Helpful (1)

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

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

    I worked at IBM

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (3)

    25 years for nothing

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great International Company in the IT field

    Cons

    Upper Management cares nothing about their employees

    Advice to Management

    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.



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