IBM Reviews in Atlanta, GA

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
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Pros
  • Work from home 2 days/week if you have to commute over 45 minutes to the office (in 1308 reviews)

  • Work life balance ( Work from home) & wider opportunity if you have good network (in 1281 reviews)


Cons
  • Though the company espouses work life balance there is no getting away from work (in 414 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 208 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good place to work, but management seems to fabricate the truth to employees.

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    Former Employee - Storage Support in Smyrna, GA
    Former Employee - Storage Support in Smyrna, GA

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Access to new hardware technology and database.

    Cons

    Management is not trustworthy when it comes to informing employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to overhaul work/life balance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    IBM Interactive Experience - Good talent, No support

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    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)

    Pros

    Great experience working with talented mixed teams of creative and technical experts. I have learned a lot about digital media projects, design for mobile first, and user experience based design. I have worked with a lot of talented people and learned a lot. IBM employees have access to a lot of great training opportunities to expand your skills (though you'll have to work on your own to find them through the various tools available).

    Cons

    You must be a self-starter, who is able to figure things out on your own, and you must be able to advocate and promote yourself and your successes. There is little domain mentoring, and many team members report to managers outside of their domain / expertise. Managers do little to nothing to advocate for their team members. While the greater IBM does have clear paths for promotion (from a band / pay grade level perspective), career growth discussions with managers are relatively fruitless, and it is difficult to get their support in setting up a growth plan. There is little advice / mentoring in what training to pursue to grow in your area, but if you are willing to do the digging and research yourself, there are really great tools and self-paced training available. Employees are often responsible for finding their own projects to be staffed to, as staffing team members are focused more on filling open project roles than getting benched team members into roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lower utilization requirements for managers so that they can afford to invest more time in their people. Measure manager performance on the success of their employees so that managers will be motivated to promote and advocate for their teams. Provide at least one strong manager per each discipline / domain area, and align employees to report to a manager within their expertise / role. Provide a claim code for mentoring / managing activities that will count as productive utilization, to encourage junior team members to seek out senior mentors, and encourage senior employees to invest in junior team members, without feeling that they are going to be penalized by spending those hours on non-billable work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Technology Goliath. Infinite Uncertainty

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    Former Employee - Client Manager (Sales) in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Client Manager (Sales) in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    -Diverse Career Opportunities& many of them
    -Reputable company, enormous portfolio
    -OK pay, OK benefits, Fantastic Flexibility
    -Acquiring companies constantly

    Cons

    -Management controls you like puppets. You do not necessarily own your own internal path
    -Reputable yes, but that reputation isn't always good or improving
    -OK pay, OK benefits, Flexibility fading
    -Enormous challenge in IBM being a sum of its parts. Collective deal handling difficult.
    -Team not really there. Everyone paid on their own part - difficult to control
    -LOTS of uncertainty. More people leaving or forced to leave than coming
    -Culture leaves much to be desired

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While it used to be that you had to earn your stripes to earn a role at IBM, now, go start at IBM, stay for 3 years and leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    You are on your own

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Work Life Balance is great at IBM if you are not in consulting.

    Cons

    The career path is not defined at all,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    SWG IBMer via an acquisition, challenging and demanding job, but satisfying, great benefits

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    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    The ability to work and interact with the upper management of corporations world wide.

    Cons

    Travel can be heavy at times and the job, if you are doing it right, is constantly demanding but at the same time satisfying depending on your own successes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Not Much Fun

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Good pay (as a band 10). Work from home. Largely get to define my own priorities and tasks in support of the overall mission. My manager isn't focused on time in the office as much as on accomplishing objectives, so work schedule varies and is flexible.

    Cons

    Most of my projects (staff role in global for GTS) seem to go nowhere and don't make a difference to anything important, which isn't what I was hoping to do with my career. It's painful to get things done with so many competing interests and priorities in the company. Problems with employee technology and tools (e.g. cleaning up mail due to ridiculously low email quota, instant messaging and intranet sites not working, etc.) have to be dealt with on personal time (since I'm measured on objectives accomplished, not time in the office).

  8.  

    Lackluster in every area

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

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues; able to work on multi-projects in various teams/roles; flexible schedule.

    Cons

    No longer of what it used to be...lackluster in every area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember - your employees are your greatest assets so treat them well and the company will flourish.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Company's leadership is taking it down

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Treated as a professional, most managers have integrity

    Cons

    expected to work long hours, be available for adhoc requests at a moment's notice

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop moving jobs off shore

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Technology Leader

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

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Huge opportunity for exposure to cross technology, Very useful expertise with wide range of industres.

    Cons

    Fragmented real time business exposure, Limited ecosystem experience from the over all business perspective of Technology solutions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great benefits, opportunities to advance for some, no loyalty for long time employees. take charge of your career.

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    Former Employee - Senior IT Specialist/Project Manager in Alpharetta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior IT Specialist/Project Manager in Alpharetta, GA

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Big company with lots of opportunity to move into new positions if you are persistent about moving up and don't get complacent in your job. Good work-life balance, work at home, great benefits, training available IF you have a manager willing to speak up and get approval for you.

    Cons

    NO loyalty to long time employees when it comes to resource actions. I was loyal to company and remained in same position because they didn't have anyone else to support application and thought I was helping out. All it really did was hurt me in the end. When I was not allowed to move to another position or get training to complete certification I should have started looking for a job outside the company. Laid off after 10+ years. They were offshoring many jobs to BRIC countries.. Initially very upset with company but would go back to them with different mindset and this time use them for my own personal development and advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop offshoring and if you move jobs to central US to take advantage of cheap labor then consider finding jobs for those who don't want to relocate. You should recognize that loyal employees who have stayed with you for over 10 years have value which cannot easily be replaced. When you bring on new PMs from India they may be cheaper in initial salary but end up costing you a lot more by wasting countless hours of much higher band stakeholders who have to sit on the call trying to give status updates to someone who cannot understand what is going on.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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