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IBM Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated December 4, 2014
Updated December 4, 2014
12,333 Reviews
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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.  

    It was all fun and games until I was laid off

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

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

    Pros

    IBM teammates are the best ever. There is a common professionalism that I haven't seen since.

    Cons

    They lay employees off strictly because of financial reasons. That's business, though. In the last 10 years, my peers and I were constantly worried about being laid off. This kind of fear does nothing to help morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider retraining current employees instead of laying off. It's difficult to maintain the amazing culture that IBMmers share if employees are under the threat of being laid off.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Tired Culture that requires change

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    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Generally smart workforce. Support remote work environment. Opportunities for training and development. Company still has many "tentacles" into clients and prospects in order to pursue potential business.

    Cons

    Workforce is overwhelmingly apathetic and tired. Most employees are motivated primarily to do whatever is needed to cruise into retirement. No focus on employee satisfaction. No focus on enhancing loyalty. First and second layer management talent is generally weak and primarily focused on job protection and internal politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Culture and processes that support culture are old and not congruent with new direction to sell software and services solutions i.e.: cloud, analytics, mobile. Customer satisfaction is suffering big time. Job protection is priority vs taking action to improve customer satisfaction and grow new customer business. Difficult decisions need to be made because the current product/solution mix is not leading edge nor cost effective

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Still the market leaders despite the lack of vision

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    Current Employee - Brand Specialist in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Brand Specialist in Naperville, IL

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

    Pros

    Bright, intelligent, compassionate colleagues who for the most part, enjoy what they do.

    Cons

    Lacking in vision and insights into client needs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clients are desperate to find lower cost solutions that they perceive to have value

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Stay inside "The Box"

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

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

    Pros

    Working from Home and time management. Most of the direct managers are good and give you the flexibility to do you job. Management is good at giving you a work-life balance. At the end of the day, as long as the job is done!

    Cons

    They don't ask or want you to think "Outside the box" Only focus on your area, your cube, your space. They preach the need for new ideas, but aren't willing to consider them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to really challenge your staff to do something different and work smarter. Be willing to invest more time and energy in the development of young talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Beginnings

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    Current Employee - Secretary in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Secretary in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    If you like the Corp environment, you may find this a wonderful choice. It has been some time since my employment but this was the epitome of first class. Good pay, work environment and staff.

    Cons

    Machines (technology) replaced many of our jobs. I see it in the grocery and big box stores. Self check-out equals loss of employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be well-intuned; say what you mean and mean what you say. Some disconnect.

    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Long time IBMer with experience in different divisions and positions within IBM.

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    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Variety in job opportunity, possible to reinvent yourself and access to the best research department in the world.

    Cons

    Difficult to navigate, achievement is available to those who spend their time self-promoting and networking. The commitment to IBM is 24x7, difficult to have work-life balance. IBM and their clients demand real-time anytime access and response making it almost impossible to vacation or have time away with family with out taking conference calls and doing follow ups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IBM is cutting too deep(layoffs) and unable to maintain client commitments burning employees along the way. This is not a sustainable strategy for the type of growth needed to keep reputation with wall street and close deals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great company but a slow moving ship

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    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative, Business Analytics in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative, Business Analytics in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    -Competitive pay
    -Steady earnings
    -Good/loyal client base

    Cons

    -Hard to get promoted
    -Get lost in the shuffle
    -Change is ALWAYS

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being such micromanagers to the inside sales teams

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    A heaping pile of steaming ineptness with a large dose of being dysfunctional

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    The pros are, corporate America is seeing that this rudderless ship is not able to innovate or lead in the technology space. Companies see first hand that IBM is now an accounting company. They rely on revenue streams by playing with accounting plus auditing thousands of their valued customers. They will not grow without leveraging these two tricls

    Cons

    A reality show called "Lord of the Flies". Upper and Middle management are worthless and are paralyzed by their sheer inability to push back on upper management. Daily cadence calls, asking what time deals are closing is ludicrous but yet, this is a common practice by these crazy accountants (managers). I am interested in seeing what happens come January

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your CVs on the street. I see a ton of ugliness on the horizon.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Sweatshop

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

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

    Pros

    Brand recognition
    Looks good on your resume

    Cons

    Absolutely no concern for the wellbeing or career development of the employee
    No career path
    Very top-heavy with non-value-add management layers
    Underbids consulting work consistently to win, then requires extraordinary levels of effort to deliver
    Cost pressures drive management to only look at you as a number. Individuals do not matter.
    Co-workers resign during long-term projects, and leave the team to still try to meet deadlines

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop relying on your brand name and improve the fundamentals of how you deliver service. Undue focus on the numbers at the expense of employees is not a short- or long-term strategy to win. It will cost you in reputation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Strange Trip

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

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

    Pros

    Smart People, Great Benefits Incredible Knowledge base In-house

    Cons

    Company is throwing everyone to the alligators in order to hit roadmap 2015 earnings target. Major brain drain of late- which is sad

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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