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IBM Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated August 15, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014
11,973 Reviews

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Pros
  • Most managers are pretty flexible if you want to work from home a couple days a week (in 1228 reviews)

  • There are no unrealistic expectations causing work-life balance to be messed up (in 1189 reviews)


Cons
  • Though the company espouses work life balance there is no getting away from work (in 373 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 202 reviews)

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  1.  

    Former IBMer

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

    Pros

    Great people who care about their clients. World class technologies that can address most any business or social opportunity/threat.

    Cons

    some in the marketplace view the company as unable to pivot quickly - but they are incorrect

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to develop your next generation of leaders

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Once a great company, now fixated on EPS and executive bonuses

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    Current Employee - Managing Consultant  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    IBM still has many great skills and talents, particularly in the Research division. The Watson technology certainly proved that point in winning the Jeopardy challenge.

    Cons

    Crushing workloads brought on my constant "do more with less" from execs; no raises for years; managers only looking out for themselves; inability for employees to ever attend conferences to maintain skills; lack of reimbursement for cable line for work at home employees --- such petty expenses that "your father's IBM" would ever have dreamed of.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    I'm By Myself

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - IT Architect  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - IT Architect in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Great opportunity.. if you can find it and if you can deal with being completely by yourself

    Cons

    Very little direction unless you are specifically engaged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. This is IBM and it will always be this way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    too big a company if you want to make your mark

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    Current Employee - Support Analyst  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Support Analyst in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    great pay and great benefits

    Cons

    forget about making changes. just keep your head down and do what they say.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to Work (Global Business Services)

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

    Pros

    Great place to work if you get matched up with the right management.
    Competitive salary--not top of the market by any means, but the benefits package is great.

    Cons

    Too many managers lack any management or leadership qualities. They may great consultants, engineers, or accountants, but that doesn't mean they'l make even adequate managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more within the company.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    IBM problems

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    Former Employee - Network Engineer  in  Lisle, IL
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Lisle, IL

    Pros

    Had a great local boss.

    Cons

    Brought in new contacting company cut everyone's wage. Has been sited for H1-B violations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support lower management, upper management under cut the work of lower management.

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

    Good company

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    Former Employee - Learning Administrator: Delivery Operations Support  in  Northbrook, IL
    Former Employee - Learning Administrator: Delivery Operations Support in Northbrook, IL

    Pros

    Great benefits. People are very nice and professional.

    Cons

    I think there is such a thing as to big. Employees are just a number.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 20 people found this helpful  

    Bye Bye Blue

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

    Pros

    Loved working from home. Managers were excellent in terms of dealing with direct reports. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    No corporate loyalty towards employees any more. Only focus of HQ is to improve EPS, any way at any cost. In the long-run, this will kill an American icon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit sending American jobs to Brazil and India.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Employment at IBM

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

    Pros

    Very Diverse with huge opportunities within the Consulting practices. Ability to work in multiple industries and on multiple types of assignmentes

    Cons

    Promotes Work Life Balance, but penalizes your for not meeting your utilization targets which are not realistic by any stance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to understand the known impacts you are having on your employees with little to know rewards for them but huge rewards for you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Big Company, Great talent, Lots of Administrative Red Tape

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Partner  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Human Resources Partner in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    IBM is progressive. They have great talent, and invest appropriately to support innovation and a standard of excellence.

    Cons

    Hard to change the direction of such a big ship. The opportunity at the individual contributor level to have an impact is minimal.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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