IBM Reviews

Updated July 15, 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)

    IBM is a great place to work, but make sure and watch your back.

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    • 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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible time to work. You can work from home or work various hrs. Just need to get the job done. Some people have had negative experiences, but I think that's more related to who your first line manager is.

    Cons

    It's not like the old IBM where they valued you more than the bottom line, but I think that is how things are these day. I have known many good people that have been let go due to global resourcing. Keep your skills tuned.

    Advice to Management

    1st line mgrs have a huge impact on how workers feel about the company. Pick good first line manager. Read the employee pulse survey.


  2. IBM is a solid and stable place to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at IBM

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Many options to advance or change careers. It is great to work for a company that is well recognized in the marketplace. I enjoy working at IBM because we are the benchmark by which many companies are measured. It feels good to be working for one of the top companies in the world.

    Cons

    Very large company. Sometimes you feel like just a number. Although the size of IBM brings stability and job security, the size can also make you feel lost. IBM has focused more on Wall Street expectations and less on employee moral in the past few years.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on the employees instead of the bottom line. Happy employees will bring more profits.


  3. I've worked for several companies and am very content with IBM as an employer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at IBM

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    availability of technical training, and opportunities for lateral movement to new and challenging positions

    Cons

    size of the company can make it a challenge to know coworkers, automated processes can be overwhelming and take a long to learn.

    Advice to Management

    continue to support work/life balance, continue to allow employees to broaden skills, continue to insure onboarding training is thorough, as it is critical for success


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Join IBM and help build a Smarter Planet

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President Sales in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Vice President Sales in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at IBM

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    lots oof job opportunties and chanes to move around the company, strong market leadership, and respect, access to all CIOs and most CEOs, very collaborative environment. tremendous company ethics, highest values and strong expectations for performance and leadership. great benefits, strong 401K , stock option program, employee stock program, educational assistance for advanced degrees.most sales and consulting employees work from home

    Cons

    big, vast resources - takes time to network but collaborative tools and on line communities make it much easier. expense controls are very tight and automated systems monitor all spending and budgets. due to matrix environment, and spread out resources, employees spend a tremdouns amount of time on conference calls

    Advice to Management

    none


  6. working at ibm

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Architect in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - IT Architect in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at IBM

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    1. work with the best people 2. get to learn different technology 3. every project is different 4. fast paced 5. ibm allows you to define your own career path in any direction, it all up to you 6. its never boring 7. always challenging 8. cutting edge technology 9. wealth of knowledge 10. get a free laptop which you can upgrade every couple of years or so

    Cons

    1. travel 2. easy to get lost as just a number in the herd 3. too much red tape

    Advice to Management

    become more competitive with rates, and focus more geographically on selling business


  7. Excellent Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at IBM

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Outstanding respect for the individual

    Cons

    Difficult to get major improvements made

    Advice to Management

    Continue Engaging Employees


  8. Helpful (1)

    very good

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

    I have been working at IBM

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    flexibility brand recognition job opportunity great solution offerings proud to be an IBMer allows for telecommuting

    Cons

    too political pay scale unequal too many people minimal women in high management


  9. Awesome Place to work at

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I make pretty good Money here. I not a fan of the Management

    Cons

    Management doesn't reward people make a difference

    Advice to Management

    Never settle for average staff.


  10. Great teammates get you through big company challenges.

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    "Can do" attitude of teaming. If you desire to work for a large corporation, learn formal processes (sometimes more than you like) and frameworks you can take wherever your career path takes you, IBM will definitely give you this structure. It is impressive how big the company is and yet how focused it is in recent years on growth and innovation. They invest lots into R&D and thought leadership.

    Cons

    Maybe not the highest salaries. If you do not want structure, look elsewhere.


  11. Helpful (1)

    It is good for management level

    • 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 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work/Life balance is good. Work from home is an option not for all the projects.

    Cons

    Salary/Compensation is not as per the market standards. For the same profile you can get paid more in marketplace.



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