IBM Reviews in New York, NY

Updated September 5, 2014
Updated September 5, 2014
11,580 Reviews
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Pros
  • Most managers are pretty flexible if you want to work from home a couple days a week (in 1228 reviews)

  • There are no unrealistic expectations causing work-life balance to be messed up (in 1189 reviews)


Cons
  • Though the company espouses work life balance there is no getting away from work (in 373 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 202 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good company, opportunities for transformation

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Solutions Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Technical Solutions Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    IBM is a company that goes through constant change to move with the industry. Plenty of opportunities to re-invent yourself and transform your skills and capabilities while an employee.

    Cons

    Opportunities to advance outside of business unit require concentrated effort to build network.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    foster more opportunities to work across different business units

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Working in the Marketing and Communications Lab in NYC was a wonderful experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Intern  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in New York, NY

    I have been working at IBM as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    -managers interested in your development
    -have contact with higher ups in the ocmpany
    -open office environment
    -casual dress except for presentation days

    Cons

    -interviewing for next steps after internship
    -hard to navigate the intranet system IBM has in place

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A great company to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Excellent opportunities to grow skills

    Cons

    Bureaucracy that exist in any large organization such as IBM

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Attract young talent, re brand the image in such a way can attract and retain top young talent providing not only opportunities but growth that comes along with them

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Boring

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Good name, good brand, maybe could impress someone that don't know the company internally, etc. Definitely avoid there at any cost.

    Cons

    Absolutely everything. Boring projects, managers like dinosaurs, low salary, 12 hours working everyday, middle management try to sell their company dream per second

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave and try to get work in the start up industry

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Just OK

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

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    If you are interested in learning new technology, there are a lot of opportunities but if you are looking for the free classroom training that is very limited and requires additional approvals.

    Cons

    Regardless of how good you perform, climbing the corporate ladder is cumbersome. Go organic has make it simpler but still a lot of red tape is involved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please pay attention to the employees showing an initiative to grow. Allow more access to technical training in collaboration with Software group. Special training is needed for Blue page managers to be more considerate and supportive.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    The ultimate matrix driven by sales lacking delivery excellence

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analytics Executive  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Business Analytics Executive in New York, NY

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Strong mix of assets (companies) to contribute to solutions, but requires negotiating labrynth structure and siloed operating model. Very good willing personnel peppered around he organization but they are hampered by lack of teamwork metrics. Strong brand name carries weight undeservedly with clients.

    Cons

    Siloed operating model creates havoc at clients, pits divisions against each other, and encourages "me first" lack of teamwork. Collaboration across divisions is forced at best. Consulting personnel are not up to standards of Big 4. Lack of depth in key skill set areas cause true SME experts to be spread too thin. High turnover of talented staff who get fed up with politics. Key managers are those who play politics the best as key skill.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break down divisional silos. Stop concentrating on growth by acquisition and invest in growing people. Fix your abysmal HR system that covers for terrible managers due to political correctness or diversity rather than takes action against what should never be tolerated. Install metrics around teamwork and shared goals rather than individual within division accomplishment. Install double counting for sales across divisional boundaries to encourage teaming at clients. Stop inflating SME expertise by numbers manipulation shell game to appear larger than competitors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Overall positive experience, lots of smart, hard-working people

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Management in New York, NY

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Can accomplish astonishing things, company is a thought leader, always proud to work there.

    Cons

    Decisions too often made by the Highest Paid Person's Opinion (Hippo) rather than based on facts and data.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay out of people's way and let them do their job. They're really good at it. Listen to them and give them what they need.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Depends Which Department (GBS Consulting)

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

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

    Pros

    - Traveling Consulting = Points/Miles
    - Good variety of experience (clients, industries, teams)
    - Some shorter projects keep it fresh
    - Typically asked to gain skills outside of your core specialty = development
    - Work from home 1/5 days = good work/life balance

    Cons

    - Limited Raises
    - Small Bonuses
    - Admin of a Large Org (bureaucracy)
    - Travel keeps you away from home
    - Work with B-class employees
    - You'll never work with the same colleagues again, or meet your manager

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Scratch every HR effort and start over.
    - Offer more competitive pay
    - Make it so that you actually meet the people responsible for your development/raises
    - Listen more to what employees want

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    I was satisfied working here

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Global Specialist  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Global Specialist in New York, NY

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great learning on the job, numerous projects that hit a lot of different industries.

    Cons

    There is a need to do 25% travel which is the reason I am no longer at with them. Some management can be hard to deal with

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    IBM REVIEW

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Global Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Global Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    IBM Review - in total, IBM is a gret company to work for.

    Cons

    Must be energetic, precise, know client's strategy, design, objectivesc and continuosly strive to improve. Great firm to work for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continuosly strive on being a company man...working for the firm, yet totally commit to the objectives of the client.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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