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Updated Jul 9, 2014
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56% Approve of the CEO

IBM CEO Virginia Rometty

Virginia Rometty

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    Senior Consultant

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    Pros- Excellent pay
    - Excellent benefits
    - Lots of opportunity to meet interesting people and work on great projects
    - Still an outstanding company to work for

    Cons- For most consultants, you will either be asked to relocate (and more than once) or you will fly weekly. If you don't expect this, don't join consulting.
    - Large company, folks at the bottom often times are completely separated from the top
    - Many layers of management, most of whom you'll never meet

    Advice to Senior Management- Find ways to involve the lower folks (create a culture of doing so) in what's happening up top. These same people may one day run the company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Project Manager (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGood company to work for as long as you turn work in on time and handle problems that arise prompyly

    ConsUPPER MANAGEMENT SHOULD PROVIDE FEEDBACK SOMETIMES

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    Senior Consultant (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsDecent salary, travel benefits (or negatives, depending on how you look at it), growth early on in career

    ConsTraveling 4 days a week, for about 45 weeks a year is a lot to take on. Senior Management is not connected with lower level employees. Do not interact enough and value employees as much.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInteract with employees on your project. Get to know who is working for you, opposed to just seeing them as an warm body or a number.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    IBM quickly going down the toilet

    GBS Partner (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    Pros1. Almost every company in the US has some sort of relationship with IBM, so each new sales opportunity brings instant relationships - mostly positive.
    2. IBM's size and long standing reputation and positive reviews by independent rating agencies (Gartner, Forrester, etc) make IBM an almost automatic finalist for consideration as a consulting or IT partner.
    3. The people are simply outstanding.

    Cons1. The biggest and worst problem at IBM is laser focus on achieving financial metrics regardless of the means to get there. The new leadership team is so focused on making quarter over quarter growth numbers and year over year growth numbers that they are doing unnatural things that appear to help the numbers but anger clients and staff and hurt the business both short term and long term. Some Examples:
         a. Running a near zero bench in a growing economy is one sure way to anger clients and causes DE issues (an IBM term for "Delivery Excellence")
         b. The "no subs" policy ignores the reality of the economic market and taken together with a. above, form a toxic mix which disappoints clients and causes them to wonder why they picked IBM in the first place.
         c. Putting cost savings methods directly on the heads of the employees - including such stupid things as i. once a year 401K matching (which is a clever prelude to doing away with matching altogether); ii. no raises or bonuses; iii. too-frequent RAs (Resource Actions) - with little or no severance pay, even for very senior employees (a Partner friend of mine got laid off and got two weeks severance!!!); iv. draconian travel policies (including the renting of only sub-sub-compact cars and only coach travel for overseas flights).
         d. Making stupid deals with clients at the end of quarters just to bolster signings - deals that do not meet minimum IBM standards are being allowed at or near the end of quarters, regardless of risk or economics, simply to add to backlog and make the numbers look better. These deals - and I have seen many recently - will come back to bite IBM in the butt in future quarters as IBM begins to experience DE issues and massive write offs. This last point together with a. and b. above, are a sure-fire way to ruin IBM's reputation in the marketplace.
         e. Making unwise M&A transactions which help margin but makes IBM less competitive in the marketplace. The most recent example is the Concentrix spin off. A low margin business for sure, but absolutely necessary for a Tier 1 service provider to be in the BPO business. By spinning this off, IBM gets to have higher margins overall, but gives up a very key market and can no longer be called a "full services" Tier 1 provider.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet Smart!!! Stop this narrow and single minded focus on quarterly numbers and start thinking about how to make clients happy and top staff want to stay at IBM. Let us build a small bench of resources! Treat your employees like assets rather than costs. And most of all, treat your customers like customers, rather than a necessary evil.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    On being a Managing Consultnat for IBM

    Managing Consultant (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsAt IBM I was assigned to various clients using various infrastructures, platforms, testing methodologies and environments. This has given me a wide-ranging and well-rounded experience.

    ConsIt is now all about numbers, your utilization, the revenue you bring in and the profits you help generate. The people are secondary to that.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize the tangible as well as intangible contributions employees make.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Senior Consultant (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGood company to work for good benefits and PTO .IBM is a global leader , IBM's infrastructure is shaping the future of business .They provide emplyees with numerous resources and online learning

    ConsCan be a demanding work environment , decisions are made strictly by financial goals and many layers to go through to get the answers you need.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    great company

    Computer Programmer (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    Prosgreat environment, great culture, lots of perks

    Conspolitics, low salary, low career growth

    Advice to Senior Managementhigher salary

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Flailing a bit right now, but great people to work with....

    ITS Client Executive (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsYou will be hard-pressed to find a more dedicated and smart group of peers to work with. You'll work alongside some of the best and brightest.

    ConsThe leadership can be disappointing at times... more interested in their own careers than doing what's right by the business or our clients. The benefits are not nearly as good as they used to be, and the compensation for quota employees is "managed" to make sure that no one is bringing home piles of money. If you're on track to blow out your number, don't be surprised by a quota increase.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPractice what Ginni preaches... work for the success of our clients and the company and your own success will follow.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company with great professional talented team.

    Contract Recruiter (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsWork life balance with great compensation. Solid technical tools to get the job done. They hire solid talent so you grow your career along with being super productive with shared business goals.

    ConsCan be variable in recruitment space as projects vary in closure. Part of any recruitment company in terms of being adaptive. Overall, great experience during my couple of years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good at developing leaders, but bad at valuing their employees or building community.

    Strategy Consultant (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGood compensation, sharp employees, good training.

    ConsLittle to no community or employee appreciation. You are just a number to IBM.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmployees have no loyalty to the company because you have no loyalty to us. IBM is becoming a body shop.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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