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IBM Reviews in Ireland

Updated December 1, 2014
Updated December 1, 2014
12,362 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work from home 2 days/week if you have to commute over 45 minutes to the office (in 1347 reviews)

  • Work life balance ( Work from home) & wider opportunity if you have good network (in 1315 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life/balance depends entirely on the management of your individual projects (in 423 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 214 reviews)

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  1.  

    great company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

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

    Pros

    Latest technology always available, come and go as you please, travel potential, you set the standards

    Cons

    some leadership issues can make the ship feel rudderless, as good as it is to be left to your own devices you sometimes need mentors to direct you and that can be lacking in some departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop your in house squabblings! Good people have left due to this on numerous occassions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good start of the career but very bureucratic

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

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

    Pros

    great start on your career, gives you a good CV appearance. If you are clear of what you want to do you can advance in the company and you fit into what IBM needs. Great international experience and the sales training is good.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, internal politics is more about being friends with management to go somewhere and people that do a good work might be left without the attention they should get. also hard to move across organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start look at the people working instead of living in the duck pond ignoring what really needs to be done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

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

    Pros

    Solid company, top class education and great international climate

    Cons

    new building is great and modern but need to commute from City Centre

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good company, if you know your way around to get promoted

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

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

    Pros

    - Flexibility: It's possible to work from home when needed. / Flexible work hours, as long as you do the weekly 40 hours
    - Stability: It's rare to hear about layoffs.
    - It's relatively easy to move to different positions within IBM and even try a new career where you don't have experience, but your salary won't drop.
    - It's not easy, but it's possible to move from Country A to Country B and find a job in IBM Country B.
    - I had a very positive experience with the teams and managers I worked with.
    - Big database of internal training and e-learning

    Cons

    - Company doesn't invest back in employees, meaning it doesn't pay for external training, external certifications or university degrees very easily.
    - In my personal experience, it is not easy to get a salary increase, even being a top performer. Most people get it as a counter offer... and of course, you must be willing to leave the company in case they say NO.
    - There's too much paper work to get anything

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should invest more seriously in top performers not to lose them to the market. This is becoming a huge company full of average/low performers. How can this be good for the business?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Avoid, no matter what they promise you it's all lies

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Impossible to get fired, good brand because nobody outside the company knows what goes on inside the company

    Cons

    Zero respect for customers or employees, it's all about shareholder value. Poor pay, issues of compliance and organisational controls are given scant regard. Too many chiefs too few quality employees at the coal face.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would if I thought they'd listen or understand for that matter

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    IBM Ireland

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM as a contractor

    Pros

    great flexibility and training of staff

    Cons

    could brand themselves better in the Irish Market place

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build the brand and attract higher level of talent

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good company to start your IT career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

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

    Pros

    Good name for CV
    Good opportunities for self-development
    Flexible work timetable
    A lot of parking around
    Good people - family guys mainly

    Cons

    Salaries below market
    Hard to grow career and salary when you are onboard
    Stiff management for many departments
    No external training opportunities
    No free coffee and tea!
    Expensive and mediocre food in canteen. Some items are more expensive than in Dublin town.
    IT professionals are valued less than sales people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care for your employees more on a daily basis. Unfreeze promotions and pay increases!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    NIce company overall

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

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

    Pros

    NIce work environment, possibility to work from home, relatively interesting projects

    Cons

    Bureucracy, low salaries, perks and benefits next to non-existent, expensive canteen with not much choise

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to keep people happy by offering some perks

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    like banging your head off the wall

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

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

    Pros

    no good reason to work there

    Cons

    impossible to get pay rise

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    fire all the middle management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Various Management Roles

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

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

    Pros

    IBM is a large company with teams working in all industries. Through IBM I got the chance to work in a variety of roles and industry. This experience has been invaluable.

    Cons

    IBM is a very very big company and in my believe too big. Based on decision that are often made thousand of miles away by management that are not even aware you exist key aspects of you employment are decided. Everything from weather you get a pay increase in a given year to who holds the key to the stationary cupboard is influenced by the business performance in countries. That amount of times I heard " sorry but the UK didn't perform last year" would be laughable if it didn't have such a big impact on my ability to do my job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Countries need to have more independence and staff needed to be better rewarded. The current mindset is 'quality, once it doesn't cost too much' this needs to change to a focus rewarding and encourging achievement. Better employees make a better company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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