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IBM Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated December 4, 2014
Updated December 4, 2014
12,361 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work from home 2 days/week if you have to commute over 45 minutes to the office (in 1347 reviews)

  • Work life balance ( Work from home) & wider opportunity if you have good network (in 1315 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life/balance depends entirely on the management of your individual projects (in 423 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 214 reviews)

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    Employment at IBM

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    • 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
  2. 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
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    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
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    Still a place for a career, not just a job

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    • 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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    My experience with IBM was disappointing

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
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    Rocky road ahead?

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Architect in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - IT Architect in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Still relatively secure place to work with lots of opportunities especially if you want to live in a growth country. Opportunity to work with some of the industries brightest people and some leading edge technology.

    Cons

    Continued downsizing of North American workforce. Constant threat of layoffs. Unfair treatment of older employees. Benefits eroding. Corporate strategy forcing huge changes inside the company in order to stay competitive. Remote workforce... hardly anyone works face to face anymore. Doesn't feel like a company that values the people who are doing most of the work but continues to reward and promote executives across the board.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on what made IBM a great company to begin with... innovative company with great products where workers were valued assets.... and don't forget about your customers, they are not happy with you much anymore.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Plenty of all types of opportunities to explore.

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

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

    Pros

    - Doesn't matter how frequently your interests keep changing, you will always find something interesting to do within IBM - consulting, software, hardware, sales, marketing, et al.
    - Allows working remotely. Amazing work-life balance.
    - Easy to move between geographies(domestically and internationally)

    Cons

    - As with any big company, the amount of bureaucracy tends to be a lot more.
    - Compensation good, but, within consulting, not as good as some of its competitors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    IBM is about as good as it gets

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

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

    Pros

    Outstanding people - exceptional integrity. For people who have an opportunity to work for IBM, it remains one of the premier enterprises on the planet

    Cons

    I don't have any real cons. With all of the acquisitions in the past 10 years, more than half the workforce has been with IBM 5 or less years. The culture is not what it was, but I think this is probably true for most companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue with the focus on growing profitiability. Without profit, nothing else is possible

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Once Was A Great Place to Work! Not True Today!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Enterprise Software Sales in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Enterprise Software Sales in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Aggressive software acquisition strategy. Ability to work from home. A great place to start ones career and build a foundation of skills.

    Cons

    Subjective performance reviews. Monthly driven quota objectives versus quarterly. Too few reps make their quota objectives with quota assignment tied back to Wall Street expectations versus reality. Too many layers of top management who add little value. IBM is supposed to be "family friendly" but taking vacation days is not encouraged.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    IBM trips over dollars to save dimes.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager - Information Architects in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager - Information Architects in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Large company with a lot of options across the company. A lot of products to bring together to solve a customers problem. Vacation is managed between you and your manager.

    Cons

    Draconian cost controls. Low moral across the company. Death by conference call. 401K is only funded in October - so if you leave before (or are laid off), you get nothing. The out of pocket cost for insurance for an average family is nearly $1000/month

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring the little things back. Thank you Awards. Sales comp plans that make people feel they can make money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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