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  1.  

    It used to be a good company to work for

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

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

    Pros

    A Well known company. A good place to learn and use new software. There is room for growth depending on your expertise and where you work.

    Cons

    The bulk of the work is being sent out of the united states. They used to use folks in the U.S. to do the work. Now like many other companies, they use India, Brazil etc. They are all about numbers, layoffs and cutting corners. Its not like the old IBM I knew and loved. They let folks go and double the work the current workers have without compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget what made this company, Watson must be rolling around in his grave

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Company is Awesome.

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

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

    Pros

    Work Culture, work life Balance, Job Security, Travelling opportunities, Career Advance, Training for Self Improvements

    Cons

    Work Pressure, Too much Travel, Hectic day to day assignments

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    not your fathers IBM

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    retire

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Overall, satisfactory. The company is so big that you feel as if you simply are just a number. Not much development.

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Good work/life balance. Company has unlimited training resources at your disposal if you are in selected fields only, however.

    Cons

    Feel just like a number. If not a research scientist or in sales, you feel as if your contribution is not worth much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to develop "all" of your people, not just a select few.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Accounting company that happens to sell technology.

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

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good people
    Generally good management
    Ethical and fair
    Good technology

    Cons

    As an accounting company, expenses are managed maniacally
    Being so big, things move and change very slowly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep hiring new folks to add more agility to the organization. Don't obsess over expenses (including comp plans) which degrade morale.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Wonderful company to work for so far

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

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

    Pros

    Cross training unlimited - You can be sure to be valuable after working here

    Cons

    Too much documentation/ paperwork required per on weekly/monthly basis

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe have phone apps for those tasks involving consultant paperwork to make it less stringent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Complex projects, intelligent collegaues, difficult work life balance

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to gain tremenedous experience via complex projects while challlenging yourself by developing innovative solutions. Top notch collegues, good people to work with.

    Cons

    Work/life balance not great. Annual pay raises and bonuses doesn't even keep up with inflation. Training opprtunites not widely avaialble.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create opportunites to promote from within.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Don't get stuck on the wrong project

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits, Discounts(personal traveling) and Pay

    Cons

    If you get stuck on a long-term project(10+ years) it is hard to roll-off

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good to get exp

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

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    multiple clients, good exp, travel

    Cons

    no growth, no individual appreciation of tasks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Approves of CEO
  11. 7 people found this helpful  

    I don't see a long term future for US-based staff

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

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    I have been able to travel and meet people from all over the world. IBM can look very good on your resume, depending on your job role. IBM is very big on the work at home program, and I have not been into the local IBM office in several years (I usually only end up at an IBM site when I am traveling on business).

    Cons

    I was acquired by IBM in 2002. I have changed managers on average once per year since then and have only ever met two of my managers while I was working for them (I met two others after they were no longer my manager). I normally have to explain to my new manager what I actually do, and they develop their own perceptions based on what the previous manager told them I do... it's kinda like the telephone game, the 2002 manager describes to the 2003 manager what I do, the 2003 manager describes it to the 2004 manager, etc. and they end up with some vague idea of SOME of what you actually do. In the US, there is very little training given, as they seem to be investing heavily in training the "global" resources. The former CEO made a statement at the beginning of 2012 that US workers are not willing to learn anything new so they have had to turn to global resources. There are many IBMers in the US willing and eager to learn, but there is only so much you can do with free computer based training and little investment in classroom training.
    When taking vacations or going on extended assignments, it is your responsibility to find someone else to cover your duties and responsibilities (which is hard if you are the only person on your team who does what you do). It is usually easier for me to just stay "on-call" while on vacation, rather than call in favors to get someone to cover my work and then spend a week catching them up to speed on the multiple projects I am juggling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Morale is dangerously low within IBM US. The majority of people I know, when asked one on one, are looking for other jobs, or they are close enough to retirement that they are sticking it out in hopes that they can make it to retirement prior to being let go. Most of us do not see a future for the US worker based on the 2015 roadmap and IBM's aggressive layoffs in the US, while hiring like crazy in AP (India, Philippines, etc.)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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