IBM Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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  1. Sr. SAP HCM Consultany

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

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, great work culture

    Cons

    No bonus for the last 3 years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much other things consultants have to do. e.g .Expenses are a headache.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Overall Company Experience

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    Former Employee - Associate Partner in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate Partner in Chicago, IL

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Higher level philosophical purpose (to be essential), excellent marketing campaigns (Smarter Planet), smart people and great talent, diverse set of capabilities and offerings to solve practically any problem, great brand name

    Cons

    Too self-serving as opposed to client-focused at times, bureaucratic and process focused in managing business, leadership detached from employees and their needs, any person is one quarter away of loosing their jobs based on stock performance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay closer attention to developing people and aligning them with the right roles. Allow for more movement of people across brands for a more enriching career growth. Put the client first in structuring contracts and make it easier to do business with IBM.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Good company

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    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Des Plaines, IL
    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Des Plaines, IL

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

    Pros

    This company is flexible in work

    Cons

    I feel there is lots of politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please avoid politics

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  5. Not what is used to be - Caution

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

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

    Pros

    Well Educated workforce, Most employees work from their home, autonomy, Starting Salary, Opportunity to change departments. Negotiate for your salary upfront during the hiring process as that is when you have the best leverage and power to negotiate. Salary ranges at IBM are huge.

    Cons

    Low salary increases with several years of no salary increases during my 18 years of employment with an MS degree. Twice I had to take pay cuts to keep my job by moving to a different department, Minimal commitment to continuing education through internal or external education. Little support for external industry certifications which are valued by companies. High Management churn as I had 14 managers in 18 years and only 2 of those managers are still with the company, Benefits have been cut over the years, Stock purchase plan is poor. Many groups compete against one another. Many patents but few new products. The company changed greatly during the 18 years I worked there. Most of the company growth is through acquisitions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees like you would like to be treated. Be committed to educating your employees to keep up with current technology that is valued by industry. Eliminate layers of management that can be as high as 8 to 13 layers. Innovate with new products rather than bragging about patents. Eliminate overlapping products that compete against themselves. Be a trend setter rather than follower - Me to type of company.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Great place to learn on the job. More and More Miserly across the board.

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

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Great people, very bright and lots of R&D. Health and 401K are very good, except that they moved to giving the company match only at the end of the year - so either you stay and get it or you loose it. You also loose the benefit of investing through the year instead of one day. Flexibility is great and IBM knows how to get work done, irrespective of where you are (home, beach, office).

    Cons

    Employees are not given good incentives and growth opportunities are not even. Too much work for very little monetary rewards. Some have been lucky to be in positions that have great rewards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Its not all about the Stock market price. Look within.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Good Company if you can handle the Bureaucracy

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    Current Employee - Brand Portfolio Seller in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Brand Portfolio Seller in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Many smart people at IBM. Especially in the R&D and product management organizations.
    Global reach. Great name recognition.
    Great benefits including 401K matching.
    Opportunities for younger staff members to learn and grow from more seasoned veterans.

    Cons

    100% Self-service culture. No administrative support. Must learn complex processes on your own via trial and error.
    Constant change to account lists, product mix, and reporting structures makes continuity challenging.
    Some products are great, market-leading and cutting edge. Others are terribly stale and based on old technology.
    Size of organization creates many highly complex processes for everything. Even the simplest of tasks often seem terribly complex and take an inordinate amount of time.
    For example, getting a quote approved with special terms to go through a channel partner can be a 1-2 week process. 3 business days if you expedite and invest hours walking it through the approval process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify your processes to streamline sales operations in order to remain competitive.
    Keep people on the same accounts for an extended period of time to allow them to build relationships.
    Provide administrative assistance to high paid employees so they are not spending their time doing mundane tasks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Similar to Federal Goverment

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

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

    Pros

    Good place to hide if you want to be a slacker just get connected to management to cover for you.

    Cons

    Have destroyed every acquisition acquired. Endless levels of management hiding behind excel spreadsheets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell the company off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Great company to work for!!

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

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance
    Great culture
    Good management

    Cons

    Limited resources available for training.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Disheartened IBMer

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

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

    Pros

    Other IBMers. They care and will work like dogs for the client.

    Cons

    Poor senior leadership, low compensation, games played with salary increases, gross profit sharing and yearly personal ratings. Morale is low and Management does not care.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the client and employees for a year or two to resolve many of the current issues. Dump the current CEO.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. Run, don't walk, from this sinking ship

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Marketing in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling and the ability to work from home
    Decent benefits, including generous personal holidays and vacation time
    Intelligent, hard-working colleagues who really care about the work they do and who want to be successful

    Cons

    Constant reorganizations throw teams and divisions into turmoil every 6-12 months, impacting productivity.

    The constant threat of layoffs has driven morale to an all-time low. The annual performance evaluation process is archaic and only forces talented people out of the company. Due to the bell-curve like system, managers are forced to rate a certain percentage of their teams as low performers, even if those people don't deserve that ranking. Now many of those people are losing their jobs. The executives in charge should be subject to the same unfair rating scale as the rank and file.

    Salary increases are nonexistent. Only the top performers can quality for annual bonuses, and the pool of top performers shrinks every year because the rating system is flawed, so the bonus remains out of reach for the majority of people, despite successfully taking on more and more responsibility.

    There is no opportunity or incentive for external training or continuing education to develop new skills, unless it comes out of your own pocket. Internal training and development consists of webinars, videos, presentations and electronic books.

    IBM is late to the game in many new technologies, including Cloud, and this is evident by the consistent loss of revenue and lucrative contracts to new competitors like Amazon. This once innovative company no longer knows what it wants to be and suffers from an identity crisis--ask most people what IBM does, and they simply don't know. Until IBM has a clear plan for the future that involves more than reshuffling employees and changing the names of its business units, its long-term survival is in jeopardy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IBM's most valuable asset is its people. They are smart, driven, hard-working and want this company to succeed. Many of us are also shareholders. But until you recognize this and treat employees with respect, rewarding them for their service instead of trying to appease the board of directors and major stockholders, the company will continue to bleed money and talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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