IBM Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
11,618 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    IBM trips over dollars to save dimes.

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    Current Employee - Manager - Information Architects  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager - Information Architects in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at IBM full-time for 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    IBM does not pay well if you work your way up the ranks

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Schaumburg, IL

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Working at home. Challenging projects.

    Cons

    Constant worry about being laid off because they move so many jobs off shore. Raises are far and few between and pretty lean. Plan to work 12-14 hour days and weekends. No work/life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward employees for their experience and contributions. If you promote someone let their salary reflect that. Peers shouldn't be paid according to their job title and their contributions. When I worked at IBM I was probably making 50% less than my peers because I worked my way up to be a project manager but I always out performed my peers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to start your career or enjoy nepotism

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    -Good resources and knowledge available if you are willing to search
    -Management doesn't know what you do for a living, leaving you alone half of the time
    -Process centric, can help you in your next job

    Cons

    -People don't care about you as a colleague and a profession, or anything for that matter;
    -Managers usually are clueless, nowadays it is rare to find someone worth being called a 'manager', majority are just plain do-nothing, conf-calls-all-day-long types
    -Bureaucracy is king

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Errrr start being managers, making decisions and adding some value, or helping those who do

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, great experience

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

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

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities to gain skills and grow a great career.
    Internal access to lots of resources and a decent mentorship program provide options for personal development.

    Cons

    Sometimes the size of the corp can be daunting.
    Need lot of self motivation to get anything accomplished.
    For essentially an IT organization the internal help desk is strictly a self service model.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage finding a buddy or make sure your first line managers are well training in the soft skills

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    perks

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

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

    Pros

    very independent work culture. minimal office interaction in your home city; basically you're remote from your home city and travel to your clients. some may view this as a con.

    Cons

    minimal interaction with managers. excessive paperwork required annually to document annual performance. some may prefer to work independently.

    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    lies lies and excuses when it comes to raises or promotions.

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    stay away. ibm sucks big time. the only good thing is co workers.

    Cons

    management.
    ibm milks clients dry.
    lies to its employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop being useless and just do what you are told. try to have more control.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    IBM Global Services -

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    Former Employee - Global Project Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Global Project Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Worked on some great projects.
    Some nice people
    work from home

    Cons

    Most US jobs going overseas.
    Your HR manager has no leverage. Most of the time you don't even meet your manager face to face and most of the time they have no clue in what you are doing.
    Toxic Environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    From my experience, management could care less about employees. They care about making numbers and bonus.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not what I thought it would be

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    Former Employee - IT Analyst  in  Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Schaumburg, IL

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    At the time I worked for them, they allowed telecommuting, they no longer do that.

    Cons

    They have done too much outsourcing and become way to large and are no longer dynamic, trying to get anything done is almost impossible. Trying to get training, any suggestions to the right folks, is just not a possibility. It is unfortunate as this used to be a bleeding edge company and now lives off of its former reputation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have lost your edge as a company, you need to retool

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you are motivated and have an ability to quickly acquire new skills, you will succeed - if you can survive the travel

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

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

    Pros

    I had the opportunity to work on international projects, traveling to multiple locations around the world. My level of responsibility grew as I proved my ability to successfully deliver results. I gained experience managing teams and being responsible for project profitability. Co-workers generally intelligent and friendly.

    Cons

    Travel is constant for GBS, so it can be difficult, especially with a family. Sometimes you have to take projects that are not ideal/interesting because of the need for very high utilization (time billable to client).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it easier to take projects in different sectors - could improve overall utilization and help bring new ideas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Project Manager

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Global, top tier consulting company with services, hardware, software and finances for all-inclusive offerings. Wide domains and opportunities.

    Cons

    Size and glass ceiling at band 9. After exceeding the sales figures, its all about "who you know racket" unwritten culture. This is reality in all consulting firms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Machine is too big to change. Once in a while, just weigh merit more than favoritism

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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