IBM Reviews

Updated March 24, 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. Helpful (1)

    Accelerating the race to the bottom for employee satisfaction.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Manchester, England (UK)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You can work at home, depending on fickle first line management.
    Some knowledgable people to work with and interesting projects if your one of the chosen ones.

    Cons

    Extreamly limited promotion opportunities.
    No pay rise for most people. I've had one raise in 8 years for only 1.5%.
    Cronyism rules the roost.
    PBC process puts you in competition with your peers. Used as a management tool to drive people out of the company.
    No job security. Constant resource actions and whenever possible the replacement with cheeper off shore resources (Your not a person in IBM.. Your a tool)
    Management by buzzword. It looks like "Agile" has been added to the dictionary. Sadly Agile isn't something IBM can claim to be. Bureaucratic describes IBM.

    Advice to Management

    You can't turn a company around when you treat employees the way IBM has been doing.

    Placing Shareholders, Management renumeration then in equal last are customers and employees is no way to ensure IBM lasts another 100 years. I keep hearing that IBM is too big to fail, I sadly no longer believe this.

    Drop the PBC system. It's flawed and you know it. Look at the evidence!!! Sadly the system is now so broken my second line sent a generic list to cut and paste into 2015. Sadly this won't make any difference as you sort the ranking out behind closed doors without SMART objectives so CRONYISM is rife.

    Explain the renumeration package of out CEO. No one understands how poor performance can be rewarded in this way.


  2. Simple

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Architect in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Architect in Manchester, England (UK)

    I have been working at IBM (More than 5 years)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company,some of the most brilliant technical minds anywhere

    Cons

    Focus all on numbers and stock value

    Advice to Management

    People are key


  3. Helpful (1)

    Lost the plot

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Client Manager in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Client Manager in Manchester, England (UK)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Bright and very capable people
    Excellent Brand
    Global and product reach

    Cons

    The focus on the 2015 share price means that customers and employees no longer matter. The level of inspection and reviews is ridiculous. Some of these take place at weekends too. The company only cares about the share price and people are regularly bullied to inflate the results. Such a shame as used to be a great company .

    Advice to Management

    Go back to basics. Remember customers pay your bills? Stop bullying the staff ! IBM was a great company and could be great again but would need a major shake up to achieve that. Management at all levels needs looking at. Very sad


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  5. Helpful (2)

    10 years in

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software IT Architect in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software IT Architect in Manchester, England (UK)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Working for IBM SWG gives you opportunity to explore your career, manage your own time, make your job your own, you work where you need to be - flexible

    Cons

    there is a lot of reporting done, you have to be a good corporate citizen, you are not well supported when taking a risk on career path exploration, they try very hard to minimise your pay, they do not give you pay rises often even when you change role, work life balance can be an issue, development investment is minimal, they do not supply you with the tools to do your job (BYOD), reviews on achievement focus on the figures only. They talk a good talk on culture and values but this is lip service, senior management do not drive and support it.

    Advice to Management

    Grow a pair!! be stronger, stick to your guns on what you believe is right for IBM and your teams, stop it with the relentless pursuit of spreadsheet management, get rid of the chaff faster - can't or won't do your job.. then out ya go!


  6. Helpful (6)

    Just horrible

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Manchester, England (UK)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to work from home. If you can get you manager to agree.

    Cons

    Resource Actions are now continuous in IBM. Executives are fixated on reaching an EPS of $20 per share and are in slash and burn mode. Moral is at an all time low.

    The focus appears to be on taking out high cost employees.

    The only innovative engineering you will see in the organisation is financial.

    No pay rises. Bonuses are a joke and not worth putting in the effort for. 0% for all but a chosen minority this year. Career opportunities just don't exist. Costs are being held down so promotions are rigidly controlled by Human Resources.

    PBC results are done behind closed doors and subjective. Definitely not SMART. Cronyism is rife and you will need to kiss butt to keep you head above water.

    No work life balance, just as much free work for IBM as you can do. Remember the scare of constant resource actions.

    Advice to Management

    When you reach the 2015 Roadkill target what are you going to do? It looks like the market analysts are starting to turn against you. Financial engineering will only get you so far.

    The hiding of information/half truths and mixed messages are a total put off.


  7. Good company to work for overall

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Manchester, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people at IBM are some of the best you can work with in the consulting industry - knowledgeable and personable.

    Cons

    As with most consulting companies, IBM struggles with people outside of london locations, making it more difficult to be visible when connecting to others in your community.


  8. "IBM a company or a machine"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Manchester, England (UK)

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

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

    Pros

    big company, secure (somewhat), flexible benefits and good work life balance if you can manage it

    Cons

    no promotions or have to play major politics. Its all about the money and never about the personal development which is a shame as i have seen some good people leave

    Advice to Management

    treat employees like people and do not blame downstream when you have not signed a deal or made a strategic mistake in your interpretation of what the client wants


  9. Big company that seems to be relying on past success too much.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Commercial Manager in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Commercial Manager in Manchester, England (UK)

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of job opportunities if you're prepared to travel and work long hours. Remote working encouraged.

    Cons

    Too many old systems all bolted together make life very hard at times.
    Too much red tape and too many levels of management.
    Review and appraisal system needs overhauling.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up !!


  10. It's all about the product

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Manchester, England (UK)

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

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

    Pros

    great graduate scheme.
    performance judged on product delivery and its success in the market.
    big name, everyone has heard of them, good for cv.

    Cons

    performance judged on product delivery and its success in the market.
    innovation purely comes from buying up smaller companies.

    Advice to Management

    invest more time in experienced talent


  11. Great people and experiences

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Manchester, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Privileged access to leading edge thought leadership and enabling technologies. Variety of work and projects.

    Cons

    Expected to grow skills in a lateral direction to broaden business skills. Business centric attitudes do not suit everyone. If you are unwilling to move to managing consultant grades you are stuck. You lose out in the globalization trend if you wish to remain technical within services. Be prepared to spend months away from home.

    Advice to Management

    Clarify the career growth opportunities more explicitly. Work-life balance seems aspirational to the mobile workforce when there is not enough spread in geographical opportunity.



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