IBM Reviews

Updated August 3, 2015
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  1. Was never a good fit

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at IBM (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good training , not too much stress

    Cons

    The consulting manager did not even understand what we did. She left or was forced out.

    Advice to Management

    Define exactly what you want to consult on


  2. senior business analyst

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    opportunities to work with different clients, opportunities for training and attaining new skillset

    Cons

    the PDF process for promotions is very time consuming


  3. Helpful (2)

    IBM will be the next Titanic

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Smarter Workforce in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Smarter Workforce in New York, NY

    I worked 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

    The name on your resume - although that name is getting more and more tainted with all the bad news in the press about IBM. Strong work from home culture.

    Cons

    Paralysed by process. IBM couldn't care less about their clients or their employees. Poor pay. Don't even dream about getting a pay rise or bonus. No performance management or manager check-ins to get feedback. Employee engagement data so poor that they don't share it with colleagues. If you do go into the office, you're lucky if they provide cups for water and paper towels!!! And buy your own coffee. And dish soap for the pantry!

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and your clients and keep up with the times!!!


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  5. IT Architect

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Enterprise Architect in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Enterprise Architect in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people, including the managers, all want to develop a good personal brand and most understand that they must be honest and diligent to do that. Proprietary technologies such as Watson give us an edge. New partnerships (Apple, Twitter, etc) show potential.

    Cons

    Even the brightest and most diligent people can be bogged down by the inevitable complexity of a large company.

    Advice to Management

    Be careful about groups that overlap. Internal competition can be wasteful, confusing and discouraging. IBMers are at their best when they work together to serve customers and be better than the external competition.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Executive Insider

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Insider in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Insider in New York, NY

    I worked at IBM

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

    Pros

    Simply put, you will be working with a range of professionals who are smart, passionate and either well-respected for their subject matter expertise or the promise of their future potential It is a culture that demands high performance which ensures everyone is bringing their best effort, especially in light of a highly matrix, virtual workforce. There is solidarity and a very strong emotional connection to understanding the saying of "once an IBMer, always an IBMer" It has always been an organization that could reinvent itself

    Cons

    In the last 10 years, it is an organization that has lost its way, most noticeably on what it means to have an engaged and empowered workforce. While it is essential for organisations to change, IBM has failed to do this with a higher degree of emotional intelligence and organizational savvyness. Its greatest asset is its workforce and yet they've become the most embattled

    Advice to Management

    Truly leverage the workforce insights you pride yourself on to deliver meaningful, proactive change across the company All of your most talented people, DO NOT solely come from Global Business Services Explicitly address those executives that manage up and annihilate their team's self esteem at the cost of driving results


  7. Helpful (1)

    Doesn't care about talent

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Nice people. Some inspiring leaders. Great legacy. Lots of great talent spread throughout the company.

    Cons

    Company doesn't seem to care about talent. Is reflected in the compensation. Growth in pay is extremely small year over year. A high rated employee is not paid very differently from the average rated. Very rigorous finance culture.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Sales

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in New York, NY

    I worked 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

    Great acquisitions, good theoretical solutions

    Cons

    Management out of touch with rank and file. The divide grows larger everyday. Many solutions that seem to solve the same problem, but do not. Managers always go with most expensive even if it does not solve the problem. In many cases theoretical or vaporware solutions are sold over existing products with proven track records. Result, poor customer satisfaction and blemish on IBM. Very difficult to work within the hierarchy of Sales. Have not integrated the acquisitions well and seem to lose interest in them after two years which equates to a waste of money. Difficult to manage the workload and no job security. Daily talk of RA's which is code for layoffs. Never felt secure in my position regardless of meeting all my Sales targets and quotas. The process of evaluating performance is subjective and someone always has to get a poor rating. Sad for a once great company.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to really learn what is going on versus what you think or are being told by your direct reports. Value your human resources and get back to being the industry leading innovator. If you treat employees with respect and meet their position and growth needs, they will ensure that IBM rises again. Continue to treat them specifically as employees and they will continue to treat IBM as just a job. Senior Management seems to be on a different thought trajectory than what is rolled down to the rank and file.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Incredible company - facing some tough times, but turning things around

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at IBM

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

    Pros

    I'm working with some of the smartest people I've ever worked with. Hours are flexible, but a lot is expected. If you're part of one of IBM's key initiatives (Cloud, mobile, Watson, analytics, etc.), you're basically working with products that are leading global changes in technology, which is pretty incredible. My team is located all around North America, which can also be cool. It's like working for a well-funded startup. I believe in the company's leadership.

    Cons

    IBM's facing some tough times, and will likely continue to lose revenue for some time as it shifts to new business models. The newer, faster-moving business unites (Cloud, mobile, etc.) can sometimes contain multiple teams with overlapping responsibilities, which can be confusing and frustrating. But such are the conditions of working in a startup. Total comp (base, bonus, and health insurance) is less at IBM than it was at my previous place of employment. Be sure to compare health insurance costs; I was surprised by the difference.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to clarify team roles. Take note of competitor compensation levels, if you want to ensure you keep the best and brightest. Try not to move back to the "I've Been Moved" slogan for the 1980s IBM. :)


  10. Helpful (1)

    ITS Client Executive

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - ITS Client Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - ITS Client Executive in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    Great people, inspiring CEO - a company with a lot of history and achievement.

    Cons

    Middle management is an impediment to executing on Ginny's vision. Massive confusion in the ranks, and constant shuffling of team and mission makes it nearly impossible to maintain focus on, or enthusiasm for, the mission - let alone the ability to build and decent, long lasting client relationships.

    Advice to Management

    Ginny, thank goodness you abandoned the silly 2015 roadmap, now get the beancounters out of the way, streamline processes and continue about executing on your vision.


  11. Great place to work

    • 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

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good pay, great vacation, interesting projects. Managers work with you to keep you staffed. Partners are knowledgeable and are willing to help those who seek it.

    Cons

    Easy to get lost in the mix, internal systems are slow, process for promotion is a drag. Firm is very political, need to network heavily to make it to the top.

    Advice to Management

    Try to be more flexible in letting employees move from organization to organization within the company. Fire the people who don't want to work, or who don't bill time... Trim the fat!



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