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Updated July 7, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Good place to work and start a new career

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

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    smart people. a lot of structure to follow. Can learn a lot of different fields and technologies if you put your mind to it.
    Generally, a pretty easy job. People are pretty forgiving and willing to teach you to learn.

    Cons

    Mindless forms to constantly fill out that made no sense.
    Primary job duties weren't as important as doing mindless tasks to appease a bean counter.

    Advice to Management

    care for your employees, and the employees will care for you.


  2. Service Delivery Lead

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Service Delivery Lead in Lawrenceville, GA
    Current Employee - Service Delivery Lead in Lawrenceville, GA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    IBM is truly a challenging place to work. There are a wealth of Resources internally to the company. IBM is truly focused on providing quality solutions to its client and is interested in building long term alliances with its customer base

    Cons

    Due to it large size, it is sometimes difficult to navigate the wealth of resources and determine how to best utilizes resources to maximize its potential to the client.

    Advice to Management

    Bring together various departments and determine the best methods to maximizes shared experiences. IBM has many silos of excellence, try to bring together those silos to provide a more unified solution to client


  3. Program Manager/ Marketing Specialist

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

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

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities
    Great training and career development
    Organizational changes led to advancement
    Ability to soar once your reputation is established

    Cons

    Cannot really think of any
    If one, it would be how they clench and "don't move" when the market gets shaky (e.g. The dot com bubble burst)

    Advice to Management

    I was able to benefit from the flaws of management. Would advise they give raises and promotions in a timely manner. Equitable and fair work distribution among team members, yet I benefitted from this error. And made it work for me in development and building greater business acumen.


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  5. Technical Support

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

    I worked at IBM (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good place to start a career.

    Cons

    Move on after five years and do not look to retire from here.


  6. 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


  7. 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


  8. 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.


  9. 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


  10. 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


  11. 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.



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