IBM Reviews

Updated August 22, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    System Administrator

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than 8 years)

    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


  2. Helpful (1)

    Cloud channel sales

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Neutral Outlook

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

    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


  3. Helpful (1)

    In transition. There is hope

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Dundee, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Dundee, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexibility to work from home

    Cons

    Long hours and dwindling pay raises

    Advice to Management

    Empower employees to make decisions


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  5. Project Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Naperville, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and no glass ceiling.

    Cons

    Too much overtime and no social events


  6. All the eggs in one basket

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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.


  7. 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


  8. Helpful (1)

    Dreadful company

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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.


  9. Sales Operations Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Operations Manager in Romeoville, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Operations Manager in Romeoville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large company with big brand-name recognition. Stability in focus areas.

    Cons

    Total lack of transparency in direction from the top down, with the perception that there is no real direction. Constant layoffs ("Resource Actions") to drive shareholder value. The focus is on stock price, with customer and employee satisfaction a distant second.

    Advice to Management

    You have a difficult job to transform such a large organization. Bring your employees into the discussion -- Be transparent, be honest, stop treating them as adversaries.


  10. Helpful (1)

    this is the worst experience i have had in my career

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Microsoft Exchange Administrator in Oak Lawn, IL
    Current Contractor - Microsoft Exchange Administrator in Oak Lawn, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    No Pros.... No Pros....No Pros....No Pros

    Cons

    Cheap Corp.....Cheap Corp.....Cheap Corp....Cheap Corp

    Advice to Management

    The most tyrant management Ever


  11. Large Organization

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Chicago, IL
    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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