IBM Reviews

Updated June 25, 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. Helpful (1)

    Poor Pay, Terrible working conditions

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consulting IT Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Consulting IT Specialist in Houston, TX

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    None that I can think of

    Cons

    Too Much Travel. Not proper work/life balance

    Advice to Management

    Don't let HR run the company


  2. Helpful (1)

    Bad place for contractors, stay away!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Information Security Advisor in Houston, TX
    Current Contractor - Information Security Advisor in Houston, TX

    I have been working at IBM as a contractor (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Depending on the position, you get to work from home. That's the only good thing depending on how you look at it.

    Cons

    IBM never gives you advance notice before your contract expires, so you always find out on the last day that you are gone! They usually hire you for a year contract then sometimes renew it until the day you find out your contract is over (often times managers know ahead of time when your contract will expire, but they do not tell the contractors because they want to use the contractors until the last day so that it won't hurt the business). Also, you are always in a furlough, every year! They will cut your hours as low as 25 hours/week, which is impossible for someone to make a living. They want you to work like an animal and what you hear during the interview process is not what you will be doing; they will add more work to your plate. You end up not making what you are supposed to be making due to furlough, no holiday pay, no overtime, etc. Forget about getting hired full-time; this will never happen regardless of how many years you work there as a contractor. You won't get any help from management either because executives are making all the decisions. Managers treat the contractors like garbage; they only support "regular" employees!


  3. Helpful (1)

    not your fathers IBM

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

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

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

    Pros

    You get pretty decent benefits. First line management seems to care about their group. peers are willing to help you out.

    Cons

    low pay. callouts every weekend. upper management does not seem to care. every day there seems to be a new direction.

    Advice to Management

    retire


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Don't make the mistake of planning a career at IBM or it will cost you dearly.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Houston, TX

    I have been working at IBM

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Recognition in marketplace.
    All the Computer Base Training you want.

    Cons

    There is not any "off" time. There is an expectation for additional work and your professional training to be done on your personal time. The tenet of "Respect for Individual" may come from the top but it is mocked by the first line managers in their execution.
    Diversity forced down your throat.

    Advice to Management

    The managers should have an incentive in their compensation structure, validated by their reports, that they are actually supporting the work/life balance. As opposed to the tongue in cheek message that is clearly conveyed.


  6. Helpful (1)

    IBM STG SUCKS -- BIG TIME

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Really Does Not Matter in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Really Does Not Matter in Houston, TX

    I have been working at IBM

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    None! Things were good in late 90s when everything was rosy. Now the environment has made pathetic by management with blatant bias.

    Cons

    Everything is a downside unless you are a genious .. Else you need to be "ingenious" to make it

    Advice to Management

    RESIGN!


  7. Helpful (2)

    IBM

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

    I have been working at IBM

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

    Pros

    Incredibly talented and dedicated workforce.

    Cons

    Over the last 15-20 years, IBM has been moving from the Exceptional Excellence model company to the Middle-of-the-Road Mediocre model. All driven by the Financial Executive wieners trying to squeeze another 1/2% of margin out of the Financial reports. This model has been slowly sucking the company dry of dedicated go-the-distance workforce talent.

    Advice to Management

    Company executives treating employees as disposable assets and used to manipulate the company's Wall Street performance. Hardware and Software manufacturing are no longer the core backbone of IBM. High-margin Consulting Services and Technical Delivery Services are the core business. The IBM Employees are the life-blood of this service-oriented business.


  8. Helpful (1)

    About work culture, career growth, salary...these comments are more relevant for folks planning on joining GBS

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

    I worked at IBM

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

    Pros

    Great Work culture
    Great colleagues
    Great projects

    Cons

    Little room for promotions for the 8+ yrs that I was there; management is trying to change it.
    Company dumped folks when it came time to help transition people; some of the folks had already worked out a move to other groups but that was blocked and people dumped in the recent "RA" exercise
    Poor bonuses.
    Poor rating process
    You get stuck at the salary you joined.
    Leadership works with 1 or 2 of it's favorite individuals and then no opportunities for the rest.

    Advice to Management

    Declining sales for 12 consecutive quarters...look at cutting your sales people OR challenge them to be diverse and work with different individuals on proposal


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Don't protect the past…which seems to include many of the reasons to work there"

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

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

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

    Pros

    You have an opportunity to work with some very smart and seasoned people. Benefits are generally good. Depending on your management, you may have an opportunity to move around and manage your career.

    Cons

    Training other than self-study/off-hours is pretty much non-existent due to spending budget restrictions. The internal education site "free classes" are mundane and out-of-date. Morale overall was pretty downtrodden. Every cycle a couple of people would disappear from immediate or matrixes teams in the next resource action, even where no low/mid-performers in revenue-generating roles. No longer a long-term career for most outside of management. Benefits decreasing or disappearing. Managers can limit your mobility within company by identifying you as a "critical" resource based on job-role, but have no means to justify keeping the headcount when the cuts are mandated.

    Advice to Management

    Culture and values are spiraling downward. May be great if you make it to the other side of Roadmap 2015, but negatively impacting a large number of quality, performing US workers along the way. Quality and time to delivery is suffering.


  10. Reached a peak of job satisfaction 5-7 years ago, downhill since then

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

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

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

    Pros

    Work from home arrangements, Name recognition, dealing with a global team... you will meet everyone from everywhere, but only if you travel on business. Benefits are still good, compared to other places, but being reduced each year.

    Cons

    IBM has a huge work from home culture, however I wouldn't necessarily call it work-life balance, as you are always expected to drop what you are doing 24/7 for conference calls. Your manager may be in another country and from a culture which is not similar to your own... but you will change managers every year and the only thing the new manager will know about you is what your previous manager tells them in the turn-over meeting. I probably had 8 managers in the last decade while staying in the same job role. I only ever met 2 of them in person.

    Advice to Management

    Not really worth the time, the band 9 and 10 managers have no power to influence or change anything, and the people above them do not listen to anything from "the ranks"


  11. Extraordinary time constraints, lots of overtime

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

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

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

    Pros

    IBM Name was considered positive, nice to wear IBM badge

    Cons

    Too much overtime, very overworked

    Advice to Management

    Add staff, make realistic schedules



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