IBM Reviews

Updated August 29, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Cheap, Bureaucratic, Boring

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Internal Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Internal Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Compensation at the entry level is at or above market, job security is almost guaranteed unless you really screw up.

    Cons

    This is the type of company where your dreams come to die. You are given very little motivation to excel in your position and the consulting program in quite literally drowning in bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Increase transparency, provide employees with incentive to stick around and rise through the ranks


  2. Helpful (1)

    Good if need a relax life

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Relax life Flexible work time good work-life balance

    Cons

    1. No career growth, growth is based on how close you are to manager and not on skills. 2. More managers than tech. resources 3. No salary hikes

    Advice to Management

    Ensure you promote based on performance.


  3. Project Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, atmosphere and employee support

    Cons

    Changing business structure, lack of cohesive vision for future of company

    Advice to Management

    Focus on what you do well


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  5. GBS Senior Consultant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Get to work with very smart people who like to work hard. Pay is good relative to other companies in the industry. IBM is a huge brand name that other companies respect when recruiting. Good baseline to begin your career.

    Cons

    No real insight into management even within GBS or your practice. Focus is all on bottom line. Seems like each person is just a billable asset to management. No real worry about growing each team member.

    Advice to Management

    Keep top performers engaged and learning. Does not seem like top performers are appreciated. Everything here is too rigid and to much tape/ paperwork takes place to get where you want to go.


  6. Great place to work if you are in a right team

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    There are many programs that motivate IBMers to work harder like BlueThanks

    Cons

    There are so many redundancy and also the pay is not that good in compare to other companies.

    Advice to Management

    Give the employees the chance to participate in decision making process


  7. Never a problem getting up for work on Monday

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Finance in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance could not be better, but if you take advantage of that option you won't move ahead or get pay raises Colleges are smart, supportive, hard working

    Cons

    Expect nothing and you'll be happy. Don't expect raises, bonuses, a meal with your team members. There is one thing to expect, anyway to save a dime they will. For the last 10 years working from home IBM did not pay for any supplies (printers/toner/paper, pens....), internet (evennthough you may need higher bandwidth to run systems), peer awards (logo apparel) removed, stóp using tie lines and use phones join feature and for larger conference calls we were asked to stop calling in with the 800#. All petty stuff which is the worst part. In the NY area Career advancement is like swimming up the Hudson. You'll be fighting jobs going to CoEs/offshored, sites closing, divestitures, moving into management dried up

    Advice to Management

    Send Ginni packing. No other advice it would not matter with Ginni at the helm and perfect storm on the horizon.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Not so great place any more.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It used to be a great place to work and that was only because of good quality people in the company. I had the opportunity to work with many people across many nations and it gave me chance to grow in my personal career. The company has good world wide opportunity.

    Cons

    The way this company started treating its good people, I have not much hope in the future of the company. There is no benefit if you work good and lead your team successfully unless and until you please the management the way they want. It has been ages for me since I got a good open minded manager in this company now.

    Advice to Management

    Management must think about the personal growth of employee, they need not be reminded every month by the employee. Manager should think about the goal of the company overall and not about his personal goal. A good quality technical person will be an asset for the company if groomed correctly by management. They are busy cutting costs and saving penny.


  9. Helpful (1)

    If you are a programmer, IBM is the place to be, but ...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer in New York, NY
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at IBM (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great pay, great colleagues. Excellent opportunities to work overseas and within different divisions at the company. Good on-the-job education.

    Cons

    Terrible corporate culture - middle managers to VPs simply do not care about those they manage, usually because they are too bogged down with their own work; too busy trying to climb the corporate ladder, or too busy trying to hold on to their own jobs. Company conducts job resource actions (lay-offs) as a regular part of its business strategy (or at least it seems that way) Anyone who is not a programmer (or similar job) is not considered of value. Things can get very "dog-eat-dog."

    Advice to Management

    More manager-level engagement.programs are needed such as incentivizing managers to focus on cultivating and helping their team members.


  10. GBS Managing Consutant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    IBM GBS is financially driven and does not care about their people


  11. Helpful (2)

    Big Blue needs overhaul

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Telecommuting, latitude to work independently, mostly free from micro-management

    Cons

    Salary not competitive. Raises are rare. Too many managers and VPs and most don't have a clue. PBC review process is unfair and mostly subjective. promotions are rare. Constant threat of layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Bring salaries in line with market. Trash PBC process. Reduce management levels.



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