IBM Reviews

Updated July 22, 2015
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  1. Limited Growth

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I worked at IBM

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You get to experience working on cutting edge technology

    Cons

    The opportunities to expand your career growth are limited

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your Field Engineers and pay them current market value


  2. IMT - Based Brand BUE

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IMT Based Brand BUE in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - IMT Based Brand BUE in Dallas, TX

    I worked at IBM

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, deep skills, lots of resources from which to draw from if needed. Typically those benefits help the less skilled employees, and do little for the highly skilled SMEs

    Cons

    More of a number than a person, but expected when there are +/- 400K employees. Sometimes, hard to stand out even if you are heavily skilled. If on the bonus plan, payouts can be odd. Just have to know that and make your deal going in.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the true standout employees doing the work in the trench. These are the folks that will help your ship stop on a dime & turn where you need it to go. Put a comp model in place that rewards those ding the heavy lifting.


  3. Managing Consultant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Dallas, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great company but lot of old ideas

    Cons

    Older generation can not keep up with changes


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Watson or Bust

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Sales Specialist in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Technical Sales Specialist in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at IBM

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Internally IBM is touting their Cloud, Analytics, Mobility, Security, and Social (CAMSS) model as their recipe for growth as a company and your growth as an employee. It feels great to be in an environment where your individual contributions seem like they are aligned to the success of the company.

    Cons

    Most customers invite the IBM team in check a box or add a column to their evaluation template. CAMSS Customers often complain that other firms can offer competitive products and better services alternatives. The IBM Technical bias and Sales\marketing advantage that existed years ago doesn't exist any more.

    Advice to Management

    Time to wake up and sniff the cocoa. Watson is a great "Ripley's Believe it or Not" conversation but maybe we need to use it for ourselves so that we can modify our products and services to match customer expectations and close business. It is very hard to preach to customers that IBM Strategies and Technologies can help them evolve if we can't figure out how to do evolve ourselves to win their business.


  6. Good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Dallas, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The company is strives to improve communication between employees and from the top management. They use internal blogs and there is tons of material to share and lean.

    Cons

    The company size is good thing but can also has its issues. It can get complex if there is a task which involved multiple teams to collaborate due to the management layers


  7. Helpful (1)

    Although it is a big company, I felt welcomed and valued as an intern at the center I was located at.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - IT Specialist in Dallas, TX
    Former Intern - IT Specialist in Dallas, TX

    I worked at IBM as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    I learned about what IBM had to offer to the tech world My manager looked out for me by exposing me to a lot of IBM technologies (even beta versions) Opportunity to network with experienced employees

    Cons

    Big company so you are a small part of a big ecosystem


  8. Excellent company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Dallas, TX

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

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

    Pros

    Very good work environment, good work life balance. Was able to join a lot of clubs.

    Cons

    Difficult to progress upwards, unless you are very very good at networking, which I was not.

    Advice to Management

    Should give advice on career progression


  9. Architect at IBM

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Architect in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - IT Architect in Dallas, TX

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

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

    Pros

    Easy to move around, lots of flexibility

    Cons

    Hard to grow in career.


  10. A great company to Work for to learn and grow

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tape Operator in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Tape Operator in Dallas, TX

    I worked at IBM

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

    Pros

    Nice pay and great hours

    Cons

    Accounts going overseas no account

    Advice to Management

    Great nice employees


  11. Helpful (1)

    Twenty plus years

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at IBM

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

    Pros

    The people - Most IBMers rank as the "best of the best." Very exciting to encounter and work with the most extraordinary people in the business. Depending on division and management chain, projects can be challenging, exciting, with a great deal of relevance to current and future technological impact on business and society. A wealth of available online education.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, in recent years an alarming number of what I believe to be the most dedicated workforce in the world are quite literally dropping dead from causes related to overwork and excessive stress. (My statement is based on personal knowledge - not hearsay.) In many areas, work/life balance is nonexistent. Personnel review system is a numbers game with no relationship to actual performance. Final decisions are often made by managers who have no personal knowledge of the person under review. Raises are all but nonexistent. Benefits erode every year.

    Advice to Management

    Reorder priorities - Clients first, employees second, stockholders third.



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