IBM Reviews in Kansas City, MO

Updated July 24, 2014
Updated July 24, 2014
12,012 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.  

    I was a summer intern at one of their smaller dev shops.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Lenexa, KS
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Lenexa, KS

    I worked at IBM as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The location where I was working was predominantly engineers, so the atmosphere was fairly relaxed and technical. Everyone was relatively laid-back.

    Cons

    The way that their process worked at the time could lead to dev and UI people butting heads. Engineers would wander off and make UI decisions all week, then get pixel-specific feedback periodically in meetings. It seemed like a backwards way to do things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Separate the UI and implementation more between the people who actually know what's needed. They could have changed this by now for all I know, or maybe interns were just in a weird spot.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Stuck in a cost center

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer  in  Lenexa, KS
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Lenexa, KS

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

    Pros

    IBM has a reputation of innovation.

    Cons

    The Lenexa site is small and you are at a small outpost away from a lot of action in the company. Support is considered a cost center. Due to this promotions and raises are few and far between. With IBM's finances as they are, even bonuses are now not a sure deal. Performance partly depends on feedback received from customer surveys and you can get poor feedback (without your fault) due to IBM product support policies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not treat support as a cost center. It is an important part of software development life cycle.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    It was great

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative  in  Kansas City, KS
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Kansas City, KS

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

    Pros

    Management was great and I loved working there. My peers helped me understand what we should do and how we can work as a team to close accounts. I was able to make a ton of money. :)

    Cons

    I can't really think of anything bad to say. They supported me and let me know if I did anything bad or out of line. We kicked it!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I can't think of anything.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Changed projects too often to truely establish becoming a true expert in any particular project.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Lenexa, KS
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Lenexa, KS

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Company name and size, great work environment from the point of the people. Casual dress code, lunch times, and allowance to run errands if needed.

    Cons

    Projects change every couple years, cannot really become true expert at a single project.
    Always expected to learn new technologies then not too understanding when learning curve comes into play. Personal reviews every 6 months.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company but managers are too busy to care about employees.

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator  in  Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good company, great benefits...very little given to employee outside of salary.

    Cons

    Managers don't really care about the well-being of the employee

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take Care of your people for a job well done.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Potentially Great Environment

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Lenexa, KS
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Lenexa, KS

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

    Pros

    Work with some of the best people in the world, opportunities to work on interesting technologies

    Cons

    Easy to get lost in the machine

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are many ways to measure success other than dollars earned

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    IBM India - Company is too big to value employees. HR policies are not employee friendly.

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    Current Employee - Test Lead  in  Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Test Lead in Overland Park, KS

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

    Pros

    Brand name. Larger pool of projects

    Cons

    Unfriendly HR policies. Promotions are really slow and based on politics and not on performance. No salary hike when onshore. Frequent manager changes. Unfair appraisal and ratings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more value to employees and look at promotions seriously. Divert the time and energy spent on trying to avoid giving promotions and use it towards better HR management. Remove HR function from managers and reallocate to people who are trained in HR functions. Manager is too powerful in this organisation and this had led to widespread corruption and blatant violations of BCG's by managers. BCG should not be applicable only to junior and senior engineers. Managers should be held in check.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    High Tech, Good Benefits, People

    Cons

    Mainframe Oriented, Conservative, Traditional, Big

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Everything is either mandatory or forbidden

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Lenexa, KS
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Lenexa, KS

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

    Pros

    IBM is stable and has good benefits and salary.

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy. Too short-sighted in the sense of sacrificing long-term benefits for short term achievements. Penny wise and pound foolish.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why pretend my opinion matters?
    Don't offer me courses on how to be a better parent at the same time you are telling me that nights and weekends are mandatory for months on end.
    Don't tell people they can still have their Friday vacation day, but they are expected to work that Saturday and Sunday.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Decent place

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    Former Employee - Software Developer  in  Lenexa, KS
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Lenexa, KS

    I worked at IBM as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, nice people, freedom to pursue career of choice.

    Cons

    Not highly compensated, not many team building/motivational activties

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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