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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. SME

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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,


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great people

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    Current Employee - Delivery Project Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Delivery Project Executive in Chicago, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great people to work with, lots of experience to gain. Great place to learn ITIL fundamentals and how they are implemented differently in the various IT environments out there

    Cons

    We have become a commodity item. Innovation is needed, need greater flexibility to move quickly in a changing business environment.

    Advice to Management

    Quit chasing EPS and let's get back to basics. Recent Ventures with companies such as Apple will be beneficial.


  3. Helpful (1)

    QA Analyst

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    Current Contractor - QA Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Contractor - QA Analyst in Chicago, IL

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

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

    Pros

    cloud are transforming industries and allowing us to create value in new ways. IBM named among the Top 10 on Working Mother 100 Best Companies list for 2014

    Cons

    Unfortunately, IBM still uses the "normal distribution" rating system, where at the much assures that you will in fact not share your accomplishments with the team.They also need to allow employees to take some calculated risks, and empower them.

    Advice to Management

    IBM's management team is more focused on the day-to-day metrics and ... Some companies' buyback programs boost earnings per share (EPS) to the point that the ..... Advice to Management: Put the employee first, instead of the client.


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  5. the worst job ever....

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    Former Employee - Technical Sales Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Technical Sales Consultant in Chicago, IL

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

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

    Pros

    nothing. put it on your resume'?

    Cons

    where to start? management lies and deceives on a daily basis. have an outright hateful viewpoint to their own employees. treats them as disposable. RAs all over. Those who don't get RAd quit every 6-12 months. customers leaving. IBM has completely missed the cloud, big data, mobile, many other technologies and now trying to play catch up. the products are not nearly good as the competition. after 12 quarters in a row of declining revenues, and also declining earnings, it's really time to fire the upper 12 layers of management as they are clueless and don't care about anything or anybody except their bonuses and stock options. PBC systems is a scam and allows the managers to vindictely fire those who don't toe the line or play suck up to them. management does not care or realize the company exists also for employees and customers, as well as to make a profit. I don't see this company around in 5-10 years. Benefits are terrible a family of 6 will pay $1k a month for sub par healthcare ($6k deductible). You wil be required to work 70+hrs a week. You will try to survive RA after RA on a quarterly basis. toxic work environment. no training ever for any employees learn it on your own or get fired. no collaboration, no upper feedback allowed.

    Advice to Management

    Ginny it's time to fire yourself. You give yourself millions in bonuses while obviously doing a disastrous job of running this company. treat employees with respect and as coworkers not as lowlife pond scum which is how you treat them now. shame on you ! get rid of the toxic PBC rating system. I would not recommend anyone to accept a job at this company . It has become a negative even on a resume' now people tend to look at it as a negative, since IBM is well known to be such a toxic work environment due to the management's failures both in technology and people management.


  6. System Administrator

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at IBM (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Good start for college graduates and non-IT people to get into the IT industry. After a year, you can move on to a better paying IT position.

    Cons

    No work/life balance. Layoffs. Poorly trained first line managers. Inconsistent policies. Company policies are inconsistent department to department. IBM added "manager discretion" to all policies pertaining to salary, OT, sick/vacation days etc

    Advice to Management

    Properly train your FLMs on how to manage the work as well as the employees. Make Blue training mandatory and more in-depth with refresher courses


  7. Helpful (1)

    Cloud channel sales

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

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Many career choices..and many good people in a few of the brands

    Cons

    Hard to get anything done..everyone positioning..mostly optics until qtr end

    Advice to Management

    Don't suffocate people who want to challenge the "machine". The machine needs an upgrade


  8. All the eggs in one basket

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work at home program is excellent.
    Benefits are decent

    Cons

    Right now IBM positioned themselves behind one product line Cloud & Watson.
    Even thought they lost money last year, their CEO got a $3.6 Million bonus. :(

    Advice to Management

    Need to broaden your product base. You have sold too much off.


  9. IT Architect

    Former Employee - IT Architect in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - IT Architect in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Work life flexibility. Prestigious company. Good co-workers.

    Cons

    Unethical handling of employees. Minimal raises and decreasing benefits. Lack of strategy in some lines of business

    Advice to Management

    Communicate strategy to employees


  10. Helpful (1)

    Dreadful company

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL

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

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

    Pros

    Health Insurance is pretty good and your co-pay is relatively low.

    Cons

    Force employees to work extra hours even though there is no real work needed.

    Advice to Management

    It's should not always be about the numbers.


  11. Large Organization

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at IBM

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

    Pros

    Resource bench is deep, very deep. Excellent.

    Cons

    Strategically slow. Think turning around battleship.

    Advice to Management

    Be adaptable, relevant and adroit.



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