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IBM Reviews in Bangalore, India

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
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Pros
  • Work from home 2 days/week if you have to commute over 45 minutes to the office (in 1347 reviews)

  • Work life balance ( Work from home) & wider opportunity if you have good network (in 1315 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life/balance depends entirely on the management of your individual projects (in 423 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 214 reviews)

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  1.  

    Very flexible work environment but no hikes

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    IBM takes a lot of steps to ensure work-life balance of its employees. People have options to work from home all through the year (but not always).
    Not much work/pressure (not if u are unlucky).
    Chance to learn new technologies/methodologies.

    Cons

    No hikes at all (at least in India locations).
    No individual growth or easy promotions until u stay at least 3-4 years in the company.
    No perks/bonus. No onsite for indian employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of employees along with your business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Assembly line profiles

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

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Big brand looks good on resume
    - Good work life balance

    Cons

    - Over structured and process oriented
    - Good for higher emp grades compared to lower ones who get zero learning from such structured roles
    - Over focus on policies
    - Extremely low yearly hikes compared to market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Stimulate more collaboration, everone works so much in silos that there is no sense of one (blue) blood

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good Company to work with learning experience

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    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance ( Work from home) & wider opportunity if you have good network

    Cons

    Finding the project when you on bench is trouble some. need to have good network to find good projects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Since it is very big organization individual capability will not be known unless our immediate management is supportive, I understand where ever you are your immediate manger play a key role in our carriers. Only once I got a very good manger. Most of the mangers with whom I have worked are focused on this delivery goals and KPI's rather than help and supporting the team.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Good experience

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

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

    Pros

    Good company with work life balance

    Cons

    No Pay rise from last 2 yrs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More employee

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    IBM Review

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible, recognizes talent and very inclusive of the diversity

    Cons

    Highly process driven, slow to make decision

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce process and faster decision

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  8.  

    A Big Blue to work with

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

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

    Pros

    you can learn a lot... have a scope to grow... Company I admire for ever

    Cons

    India Management needs to up skill and stop politics for personal gain.
    and Stop favoritism and holding grudge. It was good when managers from UK & US were leading lot of divisions. As a former employee I suffered a lot and has to quit ultimately after working for 10 long years, as HR though about it as why this employee decided to leave? have they though of having an exit interview? probably they are too busy as I am no more of any use for them.They make circumstances around you to quit so that they want to promote someone else whom they want to promote. Any news to HR does not stay confidential, and HR never have time for you,as they expect you to go to your manager, HR should realize that you are going to them as you have issues with your manager itself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to be very cautions as whom we are getting to lead... ppl leave coz of managers not company.
    if a top performer has been designated as failed or not doing proper what are the steps the manage has taken to make him/her upto the mark where he was.
    Please take care of managers change as this is the key issue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Senior Engineer

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

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

    Pros

    Decent work-life balance. Not much to write home about.

    Cons

    Obsolete technologies, poor compensation, inexperienced managers, lack of clarity about vision and priorities, low productivity

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Organized anarchy

    • 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

    Pros

    There still are technically very strong and dedicated employees from whom we can learn a lot. IBM also provides resources and more importantly "time" to learn while on job.

    Cons

    It's an anarchy - you cannot expect a timeline for your growth. Talented employees keep leaving.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    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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