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IBM Reviews in Glasgow, Scotland

Updated July 11, 2014
Updated July 11, 2014
11,963 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.  

    Salary programmes need an overhaul otherwise staff will continue to leave the same as last year.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

    Pros

    Opportunities to work or a wide variety of projects

    Cons

    Poor compensation or lack of adequate salary improvement programmes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about the impact of "no wage rises this year" messages before issuing.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Being part of IBM after an acquisition

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Specialist  in  Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

    Pros

    The access to large accounts....who has not heard of IBM, it certainly gets you into places, but unfortunately, IBM's customer service is not always the best particularly on smaller accounts. They do have a great process for inyegrating newly acquired companies, as they set up a management team just for the first 18 months, to invest in 'knowing the IBM way' and provide IBM mentors to assist in guiding you into the company.

    Cons

    As they are one of the largest companies on the planet, they do have an inordinate amount of processes, which are really frustrating at best and at worst they can cost you money! Their matrix management and overlays process means many non value add employees get compensated. The extension of this on very large accounts particulalrly end of qrtrs, enterprise deals can substantially reduce the value of your initial deal, as it may get put into a huge pot, which is offset with amega discount to win the deal, so the individual value prop goes out of the window.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let salesman sell and stop the confounded processes and micro management, try to retain as much of the intelligence acquired with the companies purchased, do not just offer 'golden hellos' to the senior execs and owners who negotiated their pensions as part of the deal, put some tie ins for the rest of the staff....IBM share options that do not vest for 3 years or they can have triple the number if they stay for 3 years or longer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Give Your People a Break

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Specialist  in  Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

    Pros

    Looks good on your CV

    Cons

    Pay rises and almost non-existent - no inflation related increases, ever.
    PBC process (enormously bureaucratic performance review process) pits employees against each other - 10 to 15% or all employees will be designated as under performing every year no matter how hard everyone works. This is supposed to drive high performance but actually results in stressed employees and low morale across the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ditch PBC and get off your employees' backs. You have hired talented and motivated people - start trusting them to deliver and they will!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    There is a good work-life balance, career opportunities but compensation part is poor.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

    Pros

    work life balance is amazing.

    Cons

    compensation and other benefits are not very good

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Demoralising

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Manager  in  Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Client Manager in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

    Pros

    - competitive salary
    - flexible working
    - lots of opportunities

    Cons

    - stress and expectation levels
    - workload ridiculously high
    - zero work life balance
    - lack of investment
    - focus on cost reduction
    - lack of reward for double digit growth
    - processes and administration

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Forget EPS and acquisitions, invest in staff and research, reduce workload, processes and unnecessary admin,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    IBM, a technology company?

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Architect  in  Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Architect in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

    Pros

    Many different projects to work in, and many teams to work with. There is a good team spirit in IBM UK which tends to put the IBM UK staff first.

    Cons

    The reliance on outsourcing has led to many 'managers' not actually posessing any real skills in their industy or field.

    In any other profession this would be unheard of, this tends to bog down any new business or contract negotiations as you are essentially dealing with people who simply dont know the product, and who are also client facing (Like a big game of chinese whispers).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None, the level of incompetence suits me just fine :)

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Avoid like the plague

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Specialist  in  Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

    Pros

    I didnt get a choice. I was outsourced. Knowing IBM as I do now, I would never voluntarily join this company. It is an utter shambles.

    Cons

    Long hours. No management support. IBM has just had a record year and yet I get zero payrise despite an exceptionally good review. About 25% of my working week is now dealing with administrative crap that has zero benefit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get real. Treat your employees as people as opposed to numbers. Why don't you guys try taking some of the cuts you force on us poor sods on the front line? Stop pushing down the administrative crap. And hitting "forward" (or cascading) on emails is *NOT* communicating.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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