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IBM Reviews in London, UK

Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
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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.  

    Large Company with a wide range of opportunities

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Investing a lot in the latest technologies - Cloud, Social, Mobile, Analytics
    Lots of interesting customers
    Opportunity to work with global teams
    Lots of very talented people in the company
    Good flexible working arrangements

    Cons

    Often have to work away from home during the week

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    So far so good

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    * Friendly people - in fact the people really make the company

    Cons

    * As an experienced hire you'd think they would have roles for you when you start - instead you have to go find roles yourself
    * Having to find roles that suit can be challenge - even when people tell you your skills are required
    * A lot of politics which are out of your control - how can you move forward with innovative ideas if your having to get things signed off by global

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    No pay rises or bonuses or praise for many years. A tech company run by money grabbing accountants

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great history and good people

    Cons

    Tech company run by accountants who don't understand what made IBM successful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in people and reap the the rewards. Stop the them and us attitude and stop being so greedy. Should be customer then employees then shareholder then execs not the other way round

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Flexible, but disheartening

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Flexible working arrangements, not much else

    Cons

    Salary, workload, low motivation amongst staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    sales > 5 years

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    Current Employee - Client Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Client Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    legacy, 100 years, stability, work life balance, innovation, brand value, variety, impressive people, broad portfolio

    Cons

    complex, no urgency, bureaucratic, cost constraints, slow to adopt change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    steer from CAMSS, pay sales on strategic directives not legacy LOBs

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Overall great company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    There are endless opportunities at IBM and you can forge the career you want if you are proactive and also good at networking. Generally I have only come across really nice people which makes it a great place to work.

    Cons

    Internal processes can be long and there are many of them as you would expect from a large company like IBM. It can be frustrating at times, for example the promotion process is very heavy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Friendly but huge

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    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Huge investment in your developing career, support from every possible angle if you are willing to put the effort in. I came in as a grad and was thrown in at the deep end in terms of work responsibility, but by using the IBM network of people I was able to learn on the job and develop my career.

    Cons

    Very process based company - owing mostly to its size. Therefore some things feel slightly archaic.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 8 people found this helpful  

    Alienating firm and uninspiring management but some interesting projects

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    Current Employee - Technology Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Technology Consultant in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Variety of work and unique projects if you are able to schmooze with the right people but you will probably need to clamber over tens of other ultra-competitive people to get there and you will need to be lucky enough that your availability happens to coincide with an interesting opportunity otherwise you will be pressured into taking whatever vacancy exists to ensure you are being 'utilised' so that IBM can justify having you in the company. It is all too easy to land in a completely random job role for 6-12 months just to fill a gap which has no alignment to your actual potential, skills or desires. Pay is about the only thing which compensates for all this with a good starting salary and expense claiming system. You do need to negotiate what you can claim for however.

    Cons

    Very very very poorly managed at all corners of the business. Disorganised beyond belief to the point that the department I belong to changed its name 3 times in a single year (and the work I do day-to-day is entierly unrelated to my department as a result of the situation described above). Absolutely no people managers or genuine leaders whatsoever. Senior management consists of these socially inept characters who are ruthless and self-centred. They push there way up the ranks which they can do easily by lying and sucking up to more senior people who are just as conniving as they are. Once they gain rank they exert intimidation tactics to get results from those lower than them using their influence over end of year reviews to blackmail staff into doing things. There is an obvious and uncomfortable fear culture that pervades the company. IBM has no identity anymore which is so sad because they used to be such an iconic brand that was truly innovative. Now they just cobble together these highly bespoke IT systems and market them under the guise of cloud, analytics, mobile, big data etc. They over-promise their capabilities and the time in which they can deliver things and then dump everything on the shoulders of poorly trained and largely inexperienced staff in an attempt to save as much money as possible. The promotion process is terribly flawed because you are reviewed by people who never actually see you working so they rely solely on written feedback from others. My manager collates the written feedback collected by the 36 people she looks after, comparing them and ranking them against each other. She then has to defend her rank order against other managers like her until there is a forced distribution of ranking levels which they all agree on. This means that two people who might perform equally well are given different ranks at the end of a year. It is the eptiome of a profit-obsessed corporation. Do not go here if you are looking to be inspired or to feel personally valued (even though ironically you will hear the buzzword 'value' thrown around everywhere along with a whole host of other set phrases and waffly anecdotes which all the consultants like to reel off when they have no clue what they are really talking about).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't allow people who are unable to manage people to have senior roles with responsibilities over other human beings. I suspect it is pointless me saying this though because there is no single person in a position to execute this advice. Authority is so diluted which is why it is so hard for anyone to make a decision in the place! I didn't come across a single manager who knew how to encourage or inspire their staff to do things. It was all task oriented and fear driven.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Vast, impersonal and sluggish

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Being able to work from home or various office locations is very useful; good standard benefits; the power of the IBM name can help when dealing with clients.

    Cons

    Where to begin? Far too many internal systems and processes of which only a few consistently work; a CEO who only appears to care for the shareholders and her 430,000+ employees; progression only through intensive networking; very hard to find out who/where to go to for help; employees are treated as insignificant cogs in a very large machine; staff cuts have left the people still there battling to keep up with heavy work loads.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline processes. Try and think about the fact that your people are your most valuable asset.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Big, Slow and Wasting Talent

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    Current Employee - Business Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Consultant in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    > Some exciting projects.
    > Surrounded by very competent people.
    > Balance between work and life is pretty good.

    Cons

    > Despite the company having very capable employees, IBM neglects, underpays and stops them from being creative and doing great work. It is probably why they have such a hard time retaining their talented employees. I've noticed the majority of them go towards or are looking at Accenture/Deloitte after a few years in the company.
    > Very slow procedures, takes ages to get anything done.
    > Education and Training is seen as an expensive.
    > Strange politics within the company, which stops you from being innovative and creative. Makes it very hard to get . recognized for your work.
    > Internal software known as 'Lotus Notes' and 'Connections' is absolutely terrible. Makes working more difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    > Encourage the training and development of employees. In addition, it would be excellent to see the company promote further education such as MBAs.
    > Improve the clunky and slow Lotus/Connections
    > Allow younger employees the chance to be creative and implement new ideas. Interns/Graduates are largely neglected.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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