IBM Reviews in Atlanta, GA

Updated August 29, 2014
Updated August 29, 2014
12,061 Reviews

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Pros
  • Most managers are pretty flexible if you want to work from home a couple days a week (in 1228 reviews)

  • There are no unrealistic expectations causing work-life balance to be messed up (in 1189 reviews)


Cons
  • Though the company espouses work life balance there is no getting away from work (in 373 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 202 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Low pay, no training, and sucking the life blood out of US based employees.

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    Former Employee - Delivery Project Executive  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Delivery Project Executive in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Ran large teams and you can basically act as mini CEO's.

    Cons

    No knowledge sharing, training, lack of investment,and low pay compared to market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest or divest. You are killing your services brand in GPS with what you are doing currently.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Place to work

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    Current Employee - Client Manager  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Client Manager in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance, Salary, Respect as an Employee

    Cons

    IBM seems to have a number of clingers, who don't realize that they should retire or find a new job because they're very ineffective.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    It was a great ride!

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    Former Employee - First Line Manager  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - First Line Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I learned a lot and met a lot of great people.

    Cons

    You can get disillusioned by being just a number in a company so vast.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Truly care about the lives and careers of your people working for you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    IBM is not a bad company to work for

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

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Project pipeline is pretty healthy

    Cons

    No pay increase was given

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

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    Former Employee - Advisory Software Engineer  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There are still lots of smart people at IBM. If you like working long hours for little or no reward, this is the place for you.

    Cons

    This is the worst managed company I have ever worked for. None of the smart people I mentioned in "Pros" is in upper management. Although I see quite a few favorable reviews of IBM on glassdoor, in my experience the only people who think this is a good place to work are those who have never worked anywhere else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Focus on creating real value for customers rather than just acquiring new revenue streams.
    2. Drop the rah-rah stuff; we are not fooled. True greatness is inversely proportional to the amount of it that comes out of your mouth.
    3. Grow up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Enlightening. You learn something new everyday!

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    Current Employee - Recruiting Program Manager  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Recruiting Program Manager in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Innovative organization. They are extremely driven and know how to motivate people to perform.

    Cons

    Can be bureaucratic sometimes as are many large organizations

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bipolar Corporation

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

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great health care benefits
    Many committed employees
    Opportunity to work in many facets of IT industry
    Pension check for those who were fortunate enough to be in the plan

    Cons

    Requirement to work 60+ hours weekly
    Target employees for resource action ( firing) once they turn 50 reardless of performance, and contribution to the business..
    Too many layers of executive management and the executive perks are bordering on criminal
    Latest 401K modification (paid only once a year so if they RA you 1 day prior to the annual payment day you get no IBM matching)
    HR focused
    In the future I expect IBM will default on the pension plan

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    THINK
    Respect for the individual
    Toss the 2015 plan and give new CEO an opportunity to run the ship
    Invest in the core company and stop buying revenue streams (from corporations you aquire)
    Stop former CEO's from using corporate jets for personal travel - they have enough stock to pay for their own personal travel

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to start a career

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    Former Employee - Client Technical Specialist  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Client Technical Specialist in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Tons of experience.
    Wealth of knowledge from sr. team
    great work life balance

    Cons

    No career movement
    Large faction of heavily experienced people who are not moving up or down, just waiting for retirement
    Very few raises
    Bonus plan was a joke

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at your talent pool. There are a lot of people with a lot of experience, and a lot of people with very little experience, with very little in between. That is a dangerous mixture as the veterans start retiring. Look to move younger employees into progressive roles before it is too late.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Drop in an ocean

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

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

    Pros

    Has a Global reach
    Very powerful Brand name
    Access to broad and deep expertise
    Cultural diversity with truly global employees

    Cons

    No sense of community
    Feel that you are alone and on your own
    Most practice principle of each for himself or herself
    Disappointing and deceptive compensation practices - never execute on good bonus or annual comp

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be truthful and practice what you preach
    Stop the bureaucracy
    Fixated on just numbers and quarterly results - do not care about delivery

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great Experience

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

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Everyone has a "team" mentality here; Benefits are really good; Career growth and Training/education are available.

    Cons

    Nothing really to report here - maybe the sales plan / compensation needs improvement for such a competitive market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to filter any unnecessary chatter from the Senior leadership team..

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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