IBM Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
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Pros
  • Work from home 2 days/week if you have to commute over 45 minutes to the office (in 1321 reviews)

  • Work life balance ( Work from home) & wider opportunity if you have good network (in 1289 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life/balance depends entirely on the management of your individual projects (in 416 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 209 reviews)

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  1.  

    I'm By Myself

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Architect in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - IT Architect in Chicago, IL

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

    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
  2.  

    too big a company if you want to make your mark

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Support Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Support Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at IBM full-time (less than an year)

    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to Work (Global Business Services)

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL

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

    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    IBM problems

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Lisle, IL
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Lisle, IL

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    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
  6.  

    Good company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Learning Administrator: Delivery Operations Support in Northbrook, IL
    Former Employee - Learning Administrator: Delivery Operations Support in Northbrook, IL

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

    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
  7. 20 people found this helpful  

    Bye Bye Blue

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    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
  8.  

    Employment at IBM

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Partner in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Partner in Chicago, IL

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

    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
  9.  

    Big Company, Great talent, Lots of Administrative Red Tape

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Partner in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Human Resources Partner in Chicago, IL

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

    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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    My experience with IBM was disappointing

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    Former Employee - Resource Deployment Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Resource Deployment Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Brilliant minds. Dedicated employees. Several positions allow home based offices.

    Cons

    No raise for 10 years. No chance for advancement. Direct management and second level management had little power. Zero budget for training or even work related expenses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice isn't for upper management, because frankly they do not care. My advice is for the college graduate - Do not look to IBM for a career. Give them 2-5 years to build your resume then get out. Do not give them your loyalty, personal life or dedication. Do the best job you can do while you are there, learn everything you can, then go find a company that appreciates employees and balances that with 'needs of the business'.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Still a place for a career, not just a job

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Architect in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Architect in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Top-notch opportunities, a wealth of resources, and good colleagues

    Cons

    Middling pay, bureaucracy, poor focus on internal management skills and rewards

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on developing and compensating solid performers. Make management and transition positions worth having, rather than a purgatory for progression and real pay.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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