IBM Reviews

Updated April 13, 2015
50 reviews filtered by
  • Houston, TX Area
  • Any Job Title
3.1
50 Reviews
Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
IBM CEO Virginia Rometty
Virginia Rometty
22 Ratings

50 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. Senior Consultant

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

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are a self-starter, the company has many opportunities to promote and grow at your own pace. Many practitioners will personally encourage your development as a junior consultant.

    Cons

    IBM is a major company and it is very easy to be lost amongst the masses. There is constant competition among peers and can be extremely difficult to navigate your networks.

    Advice to Management

    Develop better communities and mentoring opportunities so that consultants do not feel like they are a small fish in a huge sea.

  2. Helpful (1)

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

  3. Helpful (1)

    Pleasant environment but too mundane.

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

    Area was very nice. Management was wonderful, great people.

    Cons

    Office was very run down and dull. Compensation was mediocre.

    Advice to Management

    Speak up.

  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. Helpful (1)

    Poor Pay, Terrible working conditions

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

  6. Helpful (1)

    IBM is a great place to start your Career

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong support and training available, smart colleagues, (relatively) stable company, always a challenge around the corner. IBM treats it's entry level employees fairly well, and the health care offered is fantastic.

    Cons

    Like others have said, as a consultant prepare to work long hours with clients that may not hold IBM in the highest regard. Also, in the near 2 years I've worked here, the companies financial performance has been declining. That has definitely reduced morale around the office, and the feeling by those around me is "why try hard this year, there are no bonuses anyway"

    Advice to Management

    With improved financial performance overall, it would be a better place to work. I know that's not an easy ask.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Bad place for contractors, stay away!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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!

  8. Not like what it used to be

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

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

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

    Pros

    Still get to work alongside some wonderful and intelligent people.

    Cons

    The management team (especially in corporate) no longer cared about the employees, they just cared about meeting their numbers.

    Advice to Management

    Get back into caring about the employees, that's what made the company great in the first place.

  9. Great Company to start with hard to move up ranks

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

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

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

    Pros

    Starting Compensation - Coming out of college the salary is much more than most companies offer.
    Having the IBM name on your resume
    Flexibility with working from home

    Cons

    Tough to move up the ladder -
    Management out of touch
    Hardly any perks - Over the years IBM has gradually ripped the employee benefits one by one. To the point where there are little to no incentives outside of your salary.
    Extremely tough to get a raise

  10. Helpful (1)

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  11. completed contract

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Senior Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Contractor - Senior Project Manager in Houston, TX

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    IBM Strategic Outsourcing is making good head way on re-focusing on the cost, value and customer stat needs. The tools are getting better for project management.

    Cons

    I have trained so many global resources that I should be considered a member of another country! That being said, being a U.S. PM - you should consider moving to other employment options. The reason is obvious ($$/rubee/Yuan …) are not in your favor.

    Advice to Management

    I think U.S. Management at the lower levels have to be pretty tired due to RIF and consolidated groups - my compassion is great to them. As for upper management - they are trying to find the next product that will keep them in the game. The last major trick was massive out-sourcing in 1990' to mid 2006 -- and they are late to the cloud party. It will be interesting to see how this pays out - good luck!

Work at IBM? Share Your Experiences

IBM

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.