IBM Reviews in Houston, TX

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
12,036 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.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Server Support  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Server Support in Houston, TX

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    The atmosphere and coworkers were phenominal. Had a Great time here, a nice work pace as well without too much drama.

    Cons

    At times there could be very little work to be done. This was not a failure of work to be done, but a failure from upper level management to approve said work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It does take quite a while to gain approval or permission to get some simple things done. Also there needs to be more communication between departsments to keep tools and equipment in assigned places.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Needs Improvement

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Consultant  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Technical Consultant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    well, you gotta go with the flow and be a yes man to survive

    Cons

    Rule 1. The Boss is always right
    Rule 2. If you this you are right, suggest that you look up rule 1.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try and be flexible in your approach. Rigidity breaks down.

    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    It was a great company few years ago, now it is mediocre

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    IBM exp Looks good on resume, there are lot of great people who you can learn a lot on the projects

    Cons

    too big, lousy internal IBM team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation is below the market level, need to stay competitive with the market

    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A great company

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    • 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

    A great stock to own

    Cons

    Big, sometimes a number...but you must pull information, pull career development activities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No comment

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Ok place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Texas City, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Texas City, TX

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Good number of SAP projects...strcutured company....human policies are good...

    Cons

    Competitiveness in market and the way SAP project are sold are putting too much of pressure on cosultants..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the way you treat employees and concentrate on worklife balance..

    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Specialist  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Houston, TX

    I have been working at IBM

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Management is not listening to the workers in the trenches

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Fellow practitioners make IBM a great place to work. The talent is very good and can accomplish anything given the chance.

    Cons

    The company is being run by accountants. Every year there is something else that is reduced which is affecting morale and productivity. Basic software that my customer has that I can't get. I know many people who buy their own copies of software just to do their job we are asked to do. Education is a big complaint as well. And every employee gets animated when we bring up the subject thanks awards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to those in the trenches and see what their pain points are. Help us do our job by giving us the tools necessary to be successful. Stop seeing everything as an expenditure to be cut to meet the bottom line.

    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Big Blue doesn't know how to develop & retain young talent.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    great benefits - health care, 401K
    good starting salary, hard to get laid off unless there is a recession or the company is doing poorly.

    Cons

    senior management does not care about your career. They only care if you are billable.
    Promotions are hard to comeby. If you don't get the right project and role, you have no chance of moving up. Raises are only 2-3% per year unless they determine you're being underpaid compared to the market. When I left IBM, I was getting paid as much as a new college hire even though I had 2+ years under my belt.

    Performance ratings based too much upon utilization. It's not our fault if you can't find a project for us.

    Annual Bonuses are lousy, barely 2%

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need better training and development for collegehires. Don't make them staple papers for the first 3 months or continuously place them in glorified admin roles called project management assistants.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Promises made not kept. Quality of career 2 dependant on 1st line mgr's influence. 2 many promotions a'la croniism

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Houston, TX

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    competitive salary
    3+4+5 travel policy
    SAP solution delivery leader/ innovator
    respected name in IT

    Cons

    low prospects for salary growth unless it's tied to promotion (refer to headline)
    in spite of significant layoffs in each of the past 3 years, too much fat remains in the middle mgt tier
    pervasive lack of quality managers
    too many business opportunities squandered due to Partner rivalry for sales credit

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IBM GBS is infested with non-productive middle management who either can't produce or don't know how to manage and develop teams. The shortfall of talent in this area is a real concern.

  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Wanna work in India????

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

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Solid company with a good reputation. Good benefits including 401k with company match, medical, vision, dental, etc.. Training is generally available but needs to be completed on line. On site training opportunities are rare and limited due to funding issues.

    Cons

    Work life balance is challenging. Resource actions are becoming more numerous. Too much focus on the cutting costs at the expense of jobs in the US. Global resourcing can result in significant positive impact to the companies bottom line, but for the most part the quality of services provided suffers and results in poor customer satisfaction and a loss of revenue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review and rate employee's based on actual performance and contribution not by who they know.

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