IBM Reviews

Updated May 27, 2015
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Pros
  • You can work from home or office (when you are in town) (in 1347 reviews)

  • Depending on projects - excellent work-life balance (in 1315 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is basically non existent (in 423 reviews)

  • Senior management has lost it's sense of what the corporate mission is (in 214 reviews)

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  1. Consultant

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    Current Employee - Big Data Solution Architect in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Big Data Solution Architect in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at IBM (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    good setup, friendly, knowledge sharing..

    Cons

    very big and need more interaction from top down


  2. Helpful (2)

    Promotion process is worse than senate confirmation!

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    Current Employee - IT Architect in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - IT Architect in Fairfax, VA

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of well-educated, experienced colleagues. A good company to put on your resume and move on.

    Cons

    Promotion process is very bureaucratic. Average years to be promoted is 8 years if you are lucky. A lengthy process followed by board review makes the promotion process lengthier than senate confirmation!

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to be nimbler in promotion and rewards. Do something for employee morale. use Watson


  3. Helpful (3)

    Practice Executive

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    Current Employee - Practice Executive in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Practice Executive in Fairfax, VA

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

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

    Pros

    Large number of areas to wok across the company.

    Cons

    Nepotism is rampant across the company, When layoffs come they circle the wagons

    Advice to Management

    Let the good employees surface based on perfomance


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  5. Consultant

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    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    Good company to work for, good management

    Cons

    Not too many projects on the pipe line

    Advice to Management

    Move candidates faster


  6. Helpful (2)

    EPS and profits above everything else... rapidly becoming a giant mumbling rathole

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA

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

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

    Pros

    Global company with huge portfolio of advanced software and hardware products, competitive cloud platform (SoftLayer) and good (but not great) service capabilities. Vast sales and distribution network across all industries, strong ties to government institutions (in most countries), access to the largest companies across the globe. Solid (but rapidly deteriorating) technical and consulting know-how. Attempts to "move decisions closer to the clients" are laudable, but drown in the sea of incompetence.

    Cons

    Mid-level management structure and their lack of skills (both technical and people-management) are absolutely atrocious. There are layers upon layers of "pointy-hair managers" - every other Dilbert cartoon seems to be inspired by IBM. 2015 EPS target drives all decision making, cost-cutting replaces innovation, and there is shortage of ideas where the new growth should come from.

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate redundant management layers - not ground-level workers who do their jobs. Get real about rhetoric and make everyone "walk the walk", while getting behind the employees and focusing on client needs, not just profits and revenue disguised as "value-based pricing".


  7. So-So Company to work

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    Flexible work/life balance, ability to switch projects

    Cons

    Management doesn't care about what you want


  8. Lackluster consulting experience, no support to new IBMers

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    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Fairfax, VA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of experience, but you don't necessarily choose the experience - the project does for you. A good chance you'll travel and see new places. You'll make connections and friends easily when you're away from home. Pay and benefits are ok. Project managers are generally knowledgeable, but it's really a hit or miss depending on which project you're on.

    Cons

    I was a new hire. In hindsight, IBM is like any large consulting company. There is a high rate of turnover, and very little support/investment is given to their new staff. Managers care about the bottom line and how many hours you're able to log, and not whether or not projects are a good fit for you. The upward mobility requires you to be at over 100% utilization, as well as the ability for you to "sell yourself" within the company. This results in a lot of fancy terminology thrown around by people who may not know anything about the topic - i.e. "process improvement." There is no work/life balance, but if you're young you can give a couple years here for experience. A band 6 should go to a band 7 in 2 years, but this really depends on whether or not you're able to BS well on your assessments, and whether or not your project manager supports that BS. Going from a band 6 to a 7, in the 2 years it takes you to get there, means a paltry raise and a new title - not much more to it than that. You'll also bill at different rates, so band 7s might have problems getting on a project where all they're looking for is a clerk.

    Advice to Management

    Show your younger consultants that you care. Logging endless hours to improve your bottom line shouldn't be the only motivator. There is little to no accountability for senior management, other than the hours logged.


  9. Helpful (7)

    Claims of work / life balance are greatly exaggerated.

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    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at IBM

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

    Pros

    benefits, benefits, benefits good training opportunities which lead to industry respected certifications

    Cons

    unreasonable expectation to bill 50+ hours a week.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Survival of the fittest

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at IBM

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You are really forced into action. You'll get exposure to a lot of things. You will be forced to become a leader. If you're a top performer, you will get compensated for it.

    Cons

    Extremely long hours. Potentially get stuck in one area.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate to employees and be clear in defining advancement and promotions.


  11. Stuffy and old

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at IBM

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Many technologies and diverse workplace

    Cons

    Limited freedom to do what you want

    Advice to Management

    Bring in younger leadership



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