IBM Reviews in Bangalore, India

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 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.  

    Not a good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Service Delivery Manager in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Service Delivery Manager in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    Nothing comes to mind. There seem to be a few good people here and there but they are disappearing fast. But this really depends on who you are:

    In IBM, the higher you are the better life is. If you are an executive this is the right place (this include Indians who are US employees assigned to India) - good pay, job security, profit sharing, overseas assignments etc and you are treated like a god. Don't think that you will work your way up through the rank and file to the executive level - most of the executives have not. So, if you have a fair bit of experience, negotiate your band and salary package well.

    The other category are campus hires: My advise is - choose wisely your team, technology and job role, if you do this you will he happy. Lot of campus hires get stuck in roles which have absolutely no market value and no future. This is a good place if you want to learn for 2-3 years and then jump. Don't expect a detailed training and induction plan on the lines of Infosys.

    The other category of people who may be happy are the vendors of IBM especially the canteen and facilities contractors - they earn good money for doing very bad work for IBM - the food is very bad, the facilities are terrible. The air conditioning is so bad that many meeting rooms are stuffy and suffocating.

    Cons

    Its very difficult to list down the number of cons, there will be no end to it - I will edit this some other time. But it should suffice to say that nothing really works in IBM the way it is expected to.

    Both employee and manager empowerment is low, everything is controlled by someone sitting in US with spreadsheets adding to high decision cycle time and decisions which are totally not relevant to the reality on the ground.

    Being productive in IBM is an uphill task. 60-70% of your work will usually be some reporting work (e.g: incident metrics, change metrics, SLAs etc) so that someone (in the management) can look at it analyze and ask questions.Another 30% of your time will be in meetings where you will have to answer questions on the reports which you made using 60-70% of your time. You will have to work on the remaining time you are left with to meet your objectives.

    Employee development is not in the back seat - it is in the last seat. Remuneration is low, salary hikes are less - so negotiate well before you join.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perform external audits on canteen, facilities and hiring processes. Don't confuse metrics and excel sheets with good management and leadership. Go back to the management by objective philosophy and dump the current management by control processes. Focus on retaining employees and developing employees. Standardize the salary structure with the market standards.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Project Lead

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Lead in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Project Lead in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, company values

    Cons

    compensation is low, utilization is key which results in not being allowed to take vacation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They wont change :)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Not good to start your career with, but better for senior position

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    No seperate cabins for different job positions. People are approachable and helpful to a reasonable limit. Flexible working hour. Good for women. Can meet some geniuses right next to your cubicle.

    Cons

    Everything is management dominated. Non-transparent business goals. It is impossible to find the use of the product you are working in, you get lost in a maze. More bureaucratic and higher management takes all the decision. You need to buy everything inside the office, from tea to coffee to every food item. Career progression/change is extremely slow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    good work atmosphere, good culture

    Cons

    less salary / employee care

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take care at employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    IBM is good company to start your career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    Flexibility working hours and No pressure

    Cons

    Difficult to change project after joining to one client

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good for 35+ yrs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Social Media in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Social Media in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work culture is good and ample trainings

    Cons

    Management attitude towards employees and lot of theft of work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Check lower management specially in India

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good Company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    - Work life balance
    - timing
    - variety of work.

    Cons

    - un necessary meetings
    - less technical environment compared to other Product based companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More focus on product rather than unnecessay meetings

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Has been a nightmare for four years.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    I can't think of any.

    Cons

    Terrible managers, who can't speak speak good English/communicate effectively with the teams. worst paymasters in the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the lower management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Many opportunities, but you can get lost in the ocean

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Team Lead in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Technical Team Lead in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    There are many many opportunities whatever your interest may be, but one needs to pursue with aggressiveness and do a lot of homework to understand them.

    Cons

    The policies are making it more and more difficult for genuine above average contributors to fall through the gaps and get lost in the complicated processes losing out on seniority for promotion and deserved salary hikes. The organization is saturated at the mid-management level and the management is using the bell-curve in exactly the manner it should not be - to avoid rewarding to the deserving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promotions should be to those who deserve not those who can project themselves better in a promotion application package which in itself is a highly complicated system. Requires people to rate themselves on parameters which are not even part of of their KPIs. I started out with IBM as my dream company and left feeling cheated out of what I deserved. Hiring and firing is way more expensive than retaining good talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Test lead for UAT projects

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Test Lead in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Test Lead in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    Nothing as Pros just that it allow employees to work from home some times

    Cons

    Less salary, Poor career guidance and no layer of HR.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    MBA should be given

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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