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IBM Reviews in Budapest, Hungary

Updated February 23, 2015
Updated February 23, 2015
33 Reviews
3.3
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great company in hard times

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    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Consider the quality of work insteady of cost cutting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Global Delivery Failure

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    • 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    tranform management with focus on industry trends and customer needs

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Application owner

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Owner in Vác (Hungary)
    Current Employee - Applications Owner in Vác (Hungary)

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, diversity, constant development and challenges

    Cons

    Red tape, slow decision making

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    a usual multinational company with all the advantages and disadvantages

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    • 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 full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    •managament is friendly and helpful
    •most of the colleagues are young, open-minded and supportive
    •managament is really flexible about working-hours and time-spending if your job is well-done
    •office(working area) in DunaTower is neat, airy, bright, spacious and comfortable (compared to other multi's offices)
    •good atmosphere even if it is quarter-end
    •offers an attractive starting-salary compared to hungarian circumstances (depending on the department)
    •perfect reference in the resume
    •best way to get know an international organization and see how it works

    Cons

    •managament usually holds back information about future (more or less organizational) changes and any relevant information which comes from top/higher-managament (I think it is a kind of company policy or usual stuff at mammoth companies)
    •some of the managers behave like their job would be rocket-since, but in most of the cases the only difference between a freshman and a manager is the experience that they have, but not the real achieved academic knowledge (okay, i understand they need to take serious their role otherwise they are going crazy, but there is a limit..)
    •salary has not been increased for years, the only reason they are opening new positions and hiring is the amount of people who are leaving IBM to pursue better career possibilities
    •all the talented young-guns are leaving within 3 years
    •leavings are handled as top secret info
    •huge differences between departments in the view of working-hours, extra working-hours, holidays, workload, IBM funded events, etc.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent company for everyone, specially interns

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Account Specialist in Budapest (Hungary)
    Current Intern - Account Specialist in Budapest (Hungary)

    I have been working at IBM as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible working practices, training, and it's a company that you feel proud to sau I work there.
    Perfect reference to my CV

    Cons

    very high level of accuracy

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

    Nice but pointless

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

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

    Pros

    Nice people, can work from home (mostly) loads to learn if someone wants to.

    Cons

    Ridiculous salary, no bonus, no pay raise, loads of work, continuous fear of downsizing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Feels like working on the sinking Titanic. You may have your dream job, but you will go down to the icy water with it unless you are thrown out of the ship before.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    It's OK

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

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

    Pros

    Somewhat flexible about working time and location. Looks fine in a CV and has great learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Lack of the greatness from the past and

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Neutral

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

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

    Pros

    Many on-line training possibilities; good atmosphere; matrix environment, flexibility.

    Cons

    Continuous cost-cuts; lack of well-being activities, team-buildings; management selection process is not talent-based. Employees are not motivated

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    The kingsdom where you must do everything alone

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

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

    Pros

    Goods offices, many open positions, cool and young peoples

    Cons

    no organisation and no help, everything is disorganized and outsourced, salaries are bad and there is more managers than people to do the job. They don t care about the quality the only important thing is the communication

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    change the organisation and choose the quality !!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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