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Updated April 14, 2015
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  1. Accounts Payable Specialist

    Former Employee - Accounts Payable Specialist in Budapest (Hungary)
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable Specialist in Budapest (Hungary)

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Professional work environment. Nice colleagues.

    Cons

    Organizational issues due to company's reorganization

  2. Pleasant, stable working environment.

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Easy to move around in the company.
    Stable in your position, if you do good work opportunities open up, if you do bad work, you won't get fired.
    Self initiated education is easily accessable.

    Cons

    Salary is not very low, but neither is it competitive in any field.
    Rigid structure, hard to get changes done.
    Easy to get stuck in a position withing the company.

    Advice to Management

    More competitive salaries, and better encouragement of career development, which currently is more of an optional thing rather than something that is actively encouraged.

  3. Good place to begin

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Székesfehérvár (Hungary)
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Székesfehérvár (Hungary)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Massive amount of knowledge is available. Great place to start your IT carreer.

    Cons

    Cost cuttings everywhere. Very crowded workplace.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your employees as they get the job done and without them you would not get paid.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Once a great company...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accounting in Budapest (Hungary)
    Former Employee - Accounting in Budapest (Hungary)

    I worked at IBM

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Competitive salary
    - Great working atmosphere

    Cons

    - Unskilled management
    - No career opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Hire the best possible employees

  6. Helpful (1)

    A great company in hard times

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - International Mobility Advisor in Budapest (Hungary)
    Former Employee - International Mobility Advisor in Budapest (Hungary)

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

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

    Pros

    - Easy to get an entry level position
    - Realitve easy to get a promotion

    Cons

    - Bad infrastructure
    - Bad compensation
    - Bad future for the company
    - So many layoffs

    Advice to Management

    Consider the quality of work insteady of cost cutting.

  7. Bid Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Bid Manager in Budapest (Hungary)
    Former Employee - Bid Manager in Budapest (Hungary)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great team, clear procedures, effective HR

    Cons

    difficult to advance professionally, insufficient transparency

    Advice to Management

    talent management could be improved, turnover is very high

  8. BPA in IBM

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Process Analyst in Budapest (Hungary)
    Current Employee - Business Process Analyst in Budapest (Hungary)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Work quality, flexibility and environment

    Cons

    Salary compensation, low qualification needed sometimes

    Advice to Management

    Competitive salaries

  9. Global Delivery Failure

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Advisorly IT Specialist in Székesfehérvár (Hungary)
    Former Employee - Advisorly IT Specialist in Székesfehérvár (Hungary)

    I worked at IBM

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

    Pros

    Great start for juniors or for those who never worked for a multinational company before.
    Youthful labor, friendly and inclusive teams. Easy to make friends not just collegial relationship.
    Labour law abiding behaviour (work-hour and overtime limitations comply with the law), that is not always respected by local companies (including local plants and sites of multinational companies that have hungarian management locally).
    Good work life balance, and average benefits.

    Cons

    Salary is fair compared to the average salary of the whole country, but compared to IT companies, or other multinational companies, who have a contruction plant here you get here quite the lowest.

    Wage pressure between management salaries, and emplloyee salaries. 1% of regular employees who are in expert position can get fair monthly income, but the rest will never. According to corridor rumors, department manager has 4 or 5 times the salary as a regular average employee. Management also has quite visible and neat benefits, somtimes on the cost of the workers benefits.

    Taking back something because of the recession, then all can see that management business cars were changed to a newer model, is quite demoralizing.

    IBM here acts like a broker company, not like a professional world leading IT industry giant. Customer first policy was introduced one year ago when the biggest customers with million dollar contracts started to leave before contract end or just not renewing the contract.

    Quality system (GDF) is used to eyewash, to mystify customers. All numbers are green, always. They have to, all you, who support and work with GDF can get in trouble with your department manager (that gets you in double trouble). I literally lied in a report (and many do) just to meet the targets, so the team would remain green.
    Also this helped my manager to escape impeachment, so he wouldn't get a bad yearly performance evaluation.

    IBM likes to tell that Diversity is a major concern. Maybe in the US or in other EU offices, but not here. Sexist discrimination is present. Why did a my colleague (a girl) who was hired at the same time as me, was at the same age like me, had Master degree in IT, got 20% less salary? I had only a Bachelor's degree in IT, and was a newbie on the labor market as well. Also some female colleagues are hired because of their looks, not because of their education or qualities, and most of them get manager assistant positions. Even in one cases a sexual affair came to light for everyone in the team that occurred on a team building, but everyone remained silent just to avoid trouble. No one had the guts to notify the ethical board, that was always pressurized that we should if we encoounter any unethical behavoir.

    Advice to Management

    Try to keep your experts. That costs more in salary, but worth it in long terms.

    Do not fear to train your employees, and let them gain certiffications. If paid well, they won't leave instantly as gaining a better certification, but will add to the overall value of the company.

    Managers should motivate their team. Many department managers try to get the drive by fear, and pressure. It just destroys morale.

    Get rid of those who does not willing to work (and there are many), they're holding back other who try to do something.
    Try to scale salaries to get rid of wage pressures.

    Take GDF seriously, and use it as a tool to improve service quality, thus customer satisfaction, not as a showcase to present customers how can a crappy service be a top quality service. Do not fear to tell, "yes we have some weekness here, and there and yet some development is needed in this area, but these are the plans, this way we would achieve the targets till then", and then get it done. This would improve quality, get you real savings, and satisfy customer. Anything else is just bollocks.

  10. great employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Budapest (Hungary)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Budapest (Hungary)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    great people
    outstanding culture
    work life balance

    Cons

    unneccessary bureaucracy
    no performance bonus
    low salary increase
    few industry standard trainings and cerifications
    less motivation in long term

    Advice to Management

    tranform management with focus on industry trends and customer needs

  11. Helpful (1)

    IBM ISSC Hungary is a Zoo

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

    I have been working at IBM

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

    Pros

    There are no good reasons to work here. HR is slow and dumb their whole company structure is old fashioned and very unprofessional. There's no values or culture here either.

    Cons

    They hire almost everyone. Could be a good place to start your career with but they won't support your personal and professional growth. Salary is low without any bonus.

    Advice to Management

    The whole feudal-like structure is bad. You should start respecting your employees and quit acting like its 1950!

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