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Updated July 11, 2015
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Pros
  • You can work from home or office (when you are in town) (in 1347 reviews)

  • Depending on projects - excellent work-life balance (in 1315 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is basically non existent (in 423 reviews)

  • Senior management has lost it's sense of what the corporate mission is (in 214 reviews)

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  1. CONSULTANT

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer in Budapest (Hungary)
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer in Budapest (Hungary)

    I worked at IBM (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    a good place to start career because it will expose you to different industries and customers

    Cons

    if you're a junior staff, you need to learn almost everything by yourself. the training program is not very organized and accessible for junior consultant.

    Advice to Management

    More coach/guide to junior employees is needed; a closer relationship/communication/feedback mechanism between reporting manager and employees is needed


  2. Trainee System Specialist at IBM

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Graduate Trainee in Budapest (Hungary)
    Current Contractor - Graduate Trainee in Budapest (Hungary)

    I have been working at IBM as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The working environment is great. Everyone in the office is friendly and helpful. There are a lot of things to learn and it's a great way to start my carrier.

    Cons

    There is no compensation or any benefit of working here in my country [Hungary] as a trainee.

    Advice to Management

    Please consider not to hire contractors via student societies to possibly increase salary without too much of a problem.


  3. HR Subject Matter Expert

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Subject Matter Expert in Budapest (Hungary)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Subject Matter Expert in Budapest (Hungary)

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

    Pros

    It was a great experience from a work environment perspective and a good platform to learn a lot of things.

    Cons

    Very straightforward management style, more than a leadership oriented organisation. Sometimes I was requested to travel on very short notice with very limited budgets.


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  5. Procurement Manager

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company, fantastic colleagues, extremely good career chances

    Cons

    Compensation is very moderate compared to the market.

    Advice to Management

    Thank you!


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    SO SO

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, possibility to work from home, great colleagues.

    Cons

    Underpayment compared to the industry average. Benefits are cut regurarly, Loyalty to the company is not appreciated.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more to employees. What is really frustrating is that IBM would pay more money to an outsider applying for a job, then to an IBM-er who applied for the same job. Loyalty to the company should be much more appreciated. No wonder so many people leave the company.


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    Service Delivery Manager

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

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

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

    Pros

    Wide range of opportunities to grow

    Cons

    Bad management Salary 30%lower than competitors Too many employees, only 10% working others just lay low No relevant bonuses, cheap sometimes ridiculous benefits like 25$ food voucher for a month...

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourself and hire real managers, make real targets, communicate vision, work downwards not just upwards pay competitively.


  8. has some benefits but...

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

    I worked at IBM (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Continuous learning opportunities Great managers Cutting edge technologies

    Cons

    No work-life balance Too large company Too many processes Not much freedom to operate

    Advice to Management

    Incorporate some sturtup mindset.


  9. IBM

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

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    global, career opportunities, diversity, stability

    Cons

    salary, too big and complex hence sometimes too slow to react


  10. 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


  11. Pleasant, stable working environment.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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