IBM Reviews

Updated April 21, 2015
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  1. Ibm security services will reach 1 billion this year with a 80% annual growth rate

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Security Management Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Security Management Consultant in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Outstanding leadership, huge demand in market, ibm investments in security tools, technology, great people and fantastic client base. We cannot hire enough good people! Top mention in last four quarterly earnings reports. This Is Ginnie's chance to take the first new division in 12 years and demonstrate her ability to create a world class business and management consulting organization that will form the core of a transformational practice in ibm driving internal change, creating consultants vs. technicians and focusing on high value management consultanting and delivery services to key industry accounts.

    Cons

    Need more people with high consulting capabilities and aptitude. The focus is on creating world class consultants who listen to clients, conduct a root cause analysis to separate symptoms from root causes. Strong problem solving consultants that can develop strategy and then rapidly deploy and implement change program that transform and deliver measurable improves in our clients business. Professionals that are consultants first and capable of playing a wide range of projects roles with a high degree of success.

    Advice to Management

    Management supports the vision and we are building it now,

  2. Great global footprint, strategic long term thinkers, theme of innovation, somewhat separated from reality

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Category Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Category Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Range of opportunities from traditional high tech mfg. and sales, to software, to professional client services

    Cons

    Glut of under performing baby boomers protected by their network and longevity

    Advice to Management

    Globally integrated enterprise is only meaningful when you can explain to a client what the transformation road map really looks like

  3. Overall good, direct managers have large impact on experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Delivery Project Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Delivery Project Executive in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are good, lots of online training available

    Cons

    Focus on finances at times over delivery quality and customer satisfaction

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    I was hired as part of an outsourcing

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    Former Employee - Senior Unix Systems Engineer in Downers Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Unix Systems Engineer in Downers Grove, IL

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

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

    Pros

    I accepted an offer so that I could continue to support the client that hired me. 98% of my support roll was off shored to another country. Our team was left with very little to support.

    Cons

    Not sure where career was going or could go.

    Advice to Management

    Could have worked other accounts but those opportunities did not present themselves.

  6. Professional

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accountant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Accountant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I have learned the knowledge that I have continue working with others as I continue to share my experience in my new venture

    Cons

    The 10 years that I was with IBM I felt that there were no cons only knowledge and experience.

    Advice to Management

    Management was beyond exceptional and leadership for the management staff. They offer to share their wisdom and experience with their colleagues.

  7. Former IBMer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Continue to develop your next generation of leaders

  8. Helpful (4)

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

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

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

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

    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.

  9. I'm By Myself

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  10. too big a company if you want to make your mark

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    • Senior Management
    • 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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great pay and great benefits

    Cons

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

  11. Helpful (1)

    IBM problems

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Network Engineer in Lisle, IL
    Former Contractor - Network Engineer in Lisle, IL

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

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

    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 Management

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

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