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IBM Reviews in New York, NY

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
12,359 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.  

    In general this is a great company to work

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    Current Employee - Research Staff Member in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Research Staff Member in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Flexible working environment, very smart people around willing to help you, good management style at least in research

    Cons

    Sometimes too much focus in short term results....but depends on who is managing you

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Not Sexy But Solid Stable Company

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    Former Employee - Advisory IT Architect in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Advisory IT Architect in New York, NY

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    - good client exposure
    - impactful work
    - large scale projects
    - great benefits
    - great company values

    Cons

    - slow career growth
    - company not willing to invest in employees
    - high travel requirements

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - try harder to develop talent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Account Executive

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    IBM truly has global reach, which if used to one's advantage can be very exciting. They also feature many, many talented employees.

    Cons

    Senior leadership is sociopathic and is looting the company. There is no other way to describe it. IBM is dying. It will take a long, long time to die, but the disease is called incompetence and I'm afraid it's terminal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sociopaths don't take advice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    The Consulting by Degrees Program needs a lot of work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The salary is competitive for new graduates, and the healthcare coverage is excellent. There are a lot of great employees at IBM that really want to help younger team members. I've had senior team members set aside time to make sure that I understood what was going on in the project, and that I was really learning something.

    Cons

    The CBD program is set up very poorly and delivers little value to recent graduates. The amount of paperwork that needs to be filled out for project assessments, year end reviews, and promotions is astounding and very redundant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on the training that is offered to CBDers, and streamline some of the HR processes (year end reviews & promotions). The current training program is useless, and it is difficult to get approval for the types of training that would actually help younger employees with their project roles. The amount of paperwork that needs to be filled out for reviews and promotions is quite frankly insane, especially considering the amount of work the employees are already doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good Career Place, not Part Time

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at IBM as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great network, intelligent environment. Everyone working loved to help others and the company had a direct unified mission.

    Cons

    Structured hierarchy, long and difficult process to move up. Office culture was a little outdated. Mostly closed off rooms and hard to meet new people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the company more interesting to work at for young people. Right now, IBM is still has that old corporate feel. Most offices are located outside cities which make it an unattractive place to work for millennials

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    work

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    stable company. not likely to improve

    Cons

    in process of change. need to be flexible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more lenient

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Account Executive

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    wide variety of product offerings

    Cons

    bureaucratic, slow to get pricing approved for clients, offerings are rigid

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    cut the countless unnecessary levels of management...many levels of VPs and GMs who add nothing, many don't even manage people....pay the sales teams better, the best sales people are leaving in droves to other more growth oriented companies who have a clue how to treat people....there is now zero respect for the individual and each year top management thinks of additional ways to cut more off the backs of their workforce and pad their bonuses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Consulting by Degrees is a disorganized program where the projects are boring and your work is mindless

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    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    IBM Global Business Services is engaged in a decent amount of very interesting and cutting edge work with their clients and if you manage to get on one of those projects you'll learn a lot and probably do some pretty cool stuff. Work life balance has been very reasonable - I might be an exception but I rarely work over 50 hours a week. Brand name is still very well recognized and respected across all industries. At least in Consulting by Degrees, job security is pretty much guaranteed unless you do something horribly dumb. The people in general are really great, specifically in CbD.

    Cons

    Where to start? Huge company means horrible communication, very disorganized, inability to pursue interests and a serious lack of investment/care in employees. CbDers are just considered a cheap resource so you basically become a victim of supply demand, i.e. if there's a need for you on a project, IBM couldn't care less if you're interested or not, you're cheap so you're going. The actual work and roles you are typically given is often associated with 'secretary work' or a very repetitive process. Your manager is pretty much useless and only there to make you feel like one person in the company cares about you. Networking to get on projects you are interested in is very difficult, be prepared for a lot of people saying no. The training you have every 4-6 months is a joke and shouldn't be called training. Very difficult to get recognized for performance and annual reviews are chaos since your manager, who doesn't know a thing about you, is reviewing you along with a hundred other CbDers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you're going to design a 2 year rotational program that enables entry level employees to fast track to seniority, then put the incentives in place to actually keep people interested in the program and work they're doing. Design mini 4-6 week boot camps for typical areas of interest (analytics, project management, mobile development, customer experience, etc) and give CbDers the skills and knowledge they need to actually do meaningful work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent Company to work for

    Current Employee - SAP Package Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - SAP Package Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Exiting Projects, Lots of Learning , Good Work Life Balance, Vacation, Health Insurance etc

    Cons

    A lot of processes, less compensation than others. Takes long time to move up a Band.

  11.  

    It specialist

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    Former Employee - Senior IT Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior IT Specialist in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good people, smart people, very innovative

    Cons

    Bureaucracy. Not nimble enough to respond to market. Unwilling to make investments unless guaranteed returns.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on growing business and not cannibalistic financial shell game ? More concerned about earnings instead of growing business.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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