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  • 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. Review for IBM Global Business Services

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Huge variety of projects, with opportunities in pretty much every field. Access to internal experts in each field. Access to experts in the whole chain of operations right from Industry SMEs to technology experts to technology support people, everyone within the same company.

    Cons

    Less control over the kind of projects one wants to work on. Excess emphasis on billing and utilization during yearly ratings. Work life balance not maintained but varies from project to project.

    Advice to Management

    Compared to other services companies, there is lesser importance given within IBM on whether employees are satisfied with their work. No counselling or mentoring is inbuilt into the system and is all left to chance and individual networking. I think there is a lot of lost potential because of this gap.


  2. Good company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Category Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Category Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to grow career from new hire to seasoned subject matter expert. I have not been disappointed in the almost fire years I have been with them.

    Cons

    Sometimes difficult to keep up with the numerous times they have reinvented the approach and structure. Best to stay focused on yourself and performance and understand the evaluation process.

    Advice to Management

    Clients are paying for and expecting seasoned, highly trained assets and not to be stocked with new, fresh out of school trainees. There are reasons they have come to IBM and have a low tolerance of rookie staffing.


  3. Great company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Support in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Technical Support in Chicago, IL

    I worked at IBM (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work from home or any location work at your own pace as long as your numbers are up and your productive, management will treat you great

    Cons

    there are no cons at the moment:)


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Senior Managing Consultant

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    Former Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wide variety of industries, many high-quality people to work with on projects, reputation opens doors to interesting engagements, competitive wages. Hiring process was fairly well run.

    Cons

    For such a well-established technology company, searching their practitioner database for reference work and relevant IP yields documents that are often over five years old in a foreign language. Very inefficient staffing, ad hoc training and career planning... I was hired as an experienced professional, given a laptop with basic administrative training and then left to fend for myself with no initial projects in mind when I was hired in so as to help establish my network. It took several months to become staffed on the first project. Variable compensation is only given to a very small percentage at the very top of a year's given achievers and only when the company is performing well so don't count on more than your base salary.

    Advice to Management

    When you hire experienced professionals into a managing consultant role, have a few projects available immediately to get them off running successfully, and invest in face-to-face formal network and core training with partners and peers within the first three months. Do not bring people on unless you have a pipeline that is relevant to them. Also, plan to give them more room the first year to establish themselves. For the first engagement it would be helpful to give them a more junior project role and have them work with potential career mentors. Also, invest in your knowledge management portal so that it bring much more relevant information when people are searching for work product templates, artifacts, and the like. Lastly, be careful when you bring in or promote leaders (AP/P) to ensure that they have solid integrity.


  6. Account Manager

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    Former Employee - Accounts Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Accounts Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to begin a sales career and improve your sales/technical knowledge. Good work life balance

    Cons

    Can be challenging to move up. They always dangle a carrot that you rarely are able to get. Salary and commission could be better.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great place to hide and collect cash if that's your goal

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    Former Employee - Technical Solutions Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Technical Solutions Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Negotiated hotel discounts you can use for personal travel (bring your badge). If all you want to do is follow a bunch of rules and continue to collect great paychecks without really doing much work, this is your place!

    Cons

    Obsessing about "checking boxes" on stifling bureaucratic processes and silly administrivia rules cast across all employees in attempts to be more efficient that do anything but. They keep acquiring the smaller and more agile companies I go work for as their source of innovation..

    Advice to Management

    You have employees, not children; stop nanny-ing to the point of locking down productivity in attempts to shave an extra few million in travel costs or home office expenses -- you might have a few offenders take advantage but in the long run the gains will far outweigh the lost revenues. Getting VP approval to take a client out to a $20 lunch is just stupid when you are trying to sell them $3M of software, especially when you can't reach him on your mobile because the 90-day approval process on international roaming didn't hit your phone on time for the meeting.


  8. Sr. Consultant

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    Former Employee - ST Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - ST Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Great people; company provides great benefits and opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    Sometimes too many management changes too quickly reduces accountability for long-term results from short term decisions/actions.

    Advice to Management

    When someone begins an important project, make sure they stay in the position long enough to be accountable for it long term.


  9. HR

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at IBM (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work Life Balance, Work from home

    Cons

    Hard advancement in very large organization


  10. master of the universe

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    Current Employee - Forklift Operator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Forklift Operator in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    the free food was great

    Cons

    not enough free food for the team

    Advice to Management

    find a new job


  11. SME

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    New modern corp. with future vision e,g Z/OS BIG DATA HAdoop.and more..

    Cons

    A lot of new people...need to get education and experience ..

    Advice to Management

    More training on a new technology : Big Data , HAdoop, Agil, Hbase,



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