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Updated March 26, 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. Solid system and procedure, dynamic environment allows job rotation

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Territory Sales Represenattive in Jakarta (Indonesia)
    Former Employee - Senior Territory Sales Represenattive in Jakarta (Indonesia)

    I worked at IBM

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Learn the system, learn the business automation process. Excellent sales and personal development trainings. Work-life balance programs.

    Cons

    Office politics, difficulty to move up the career path without it.

    Advice to Management

    Manage the office politics.


  2. Rapid change.

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

    I have been working at IBM

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

    Pros

    Large, global company with a multitude of career opportunities.

    Cons

    Slow decision making and approval process.

    Advice to Management

    Simplify the company and empower your employees.


  3. People Development & Compensation

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Sales Manager in Jakarta (Indonesia)
    Current Employee - Technical Sales Manager in Jakarta (Indonesia)

    I have been working at IBM

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    This is a very good company, especially in developing their employee. IBM has a very good training program, starting from new hire until management level.
    In term of benefit, it is moderate, compared to other multinational company in Indonesia.

    Cons

    The salary increase is very impacting by company performance. The last three year, IT market was going down, so some employee did not get salary increment.

    Advice to Management

    Keep good talent and always care to the senior employee. Never cut training budget.


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  5. nice place for gathering more experience, learning, but not ultimate place for earning.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Service Solution Manager in Jakarta (Indonesia)
    Current Employee - Service Solution Manager in Jakarta (Indonesia)

    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

    work life balance, self-learning, internal website for building knowledge.

    Cons

    internal processes, silo mentality, misplaced cost saving

    Advice to Management

    considering to give more value for contributing employees,
    need to be more agile and competitive to the market
    misplaced cost saving


  6. an amazing experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Jakarta (Indonesia)
    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Jakarta (Indonesia)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    quite flexible culture of work

    Cons

    not clearf job desk & role

    Advice to Management

    give more trainings


  7. Strong brand with great working environment, but cost cutting cause very limited resource and training opportunities

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Delivery Project Manager in Jakarta (Indonesia)
    Current Employee - Delivery Project Manager in Jakarta (Indonesia)

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Strong brand, flexible working hours, great working environment, people are excellent, good medical benefits for people with family, flexible time-off policies, challenging projects in big customers, abundant online resources for self learning purpose

    Cons

    Limited training/development opportunities due to cost cutting (IBM is trying to compensate this by providing abundant online technical resources for self learning purpose however most of the time the depth of the material is lacking if used in real life project), lack of transparency in criteria for promotion to higher band and position, a lots of approval sometimes can affect flexibility, most of the time career aspiration is difficult to accommodate due to business situation, many talented people leave this company, resources are very limited thus affect availability to work on customer projects.

    Advice to Management

    More transparent in promotion criteria, more training/development opportunities to IT services quality to customers, try hard to accommodate employees career aspiration since it is probably the most effective way to retain talents


  8. Maybe I'm in a wrong position

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Jakarta (Indonesia)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Jakarta (Indonesia)

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

    Pros

    Great and respected company. Allways do something amazing in research departement.

    Cons

    Sadly I'm just a consultant. Bottom of the food chain. Also, IBM tend to be bereucratic.


  9. Great place to work and learn a lot of things...

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance
    Current Employee - Finance

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible working hour and climate allow you to manage your work and your personal/family life

    Cons

    As a large company, decision was made from the top, where country have to follow that. Sometimes, as all process have been in place, it will takes time to get one thing approved.


  10. A great place to develop yourself...

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Focus on employees' development. It's a University for working people.
    - A great place to work for Mothers. Inclusive, flexible work arrangement.
    - People... Everybody feels like family. Even the alumni feel the attachment to the company.

    Cons

    - Pay is OK, but not the highest payer.
    - Process could be hectic, with verticalization.

    Advice to Management

    Bring the decision making to local.


  11. learnt many thing to improve my professional and personal life

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in Jakarta (Indonesia)
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in Jakarta (Indonesia)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great people work with - high salary

    Cons

    the salary increase was limited.

    Advice to Management

    need more budged for overseas course



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