IBM Reviews in New York, NY

Updated September 5, 2014
Updated September 5, 2014
11,618 Reviews
3.1
11,618 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
IBM CEO Virginia Rometty
Virginia Rometty
3,579 Ratings

Review Highlights

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)

More Highlights

335 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    Good experience, Instant Credibility

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

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

    Pros

    Sales led organization. ELA Customers produce the most.

    Cons

    Paperwork, layers of above region people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rate client customer satisfaction into reviews

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A once-great company in a long death spiral

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

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

    Pros

    Smart, dedicated co-workers; Some vestiges of the old collegiality at the working level.

    Cons

    IBM's business model is totally out of date. They are now being marginalized by new players like Google, Amazon, etc., and old competitors like HP-Compaq. As sales are falling drastically, they can't fire people fast enough. The executives are running the place like a third-world banana republic: Massive bonuses for themselves, the working stiffs in the US are all being fired for low-cost third-world labor offshore.

    The only engineering innovation that matters any more is financial engineering of the Earnings per share. However, EPS targets can only be achieved by layoffs and share buybacks, due to falling sales, and Wall Street isn't fooled. Businesses and employees are being jettisoned at a rapid pace, a much smaller and weaker company will be the result.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating all non-executive employees like serfs. INVEST in new projects, don't shut them down the minute they fall below some unrealistic profitability threshold.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Do it extremely well

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

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

    Pros

    Either: (1) Your leader expects you to do what you are told, extremely well or (2) Your leader expects you to know what to do, and to do it extremely well

    Cons

    Either: (1) Your leader expects you to do what you are told, extremely well or (2) Your leader expects you to know what to do, and to do it extremely well

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look beyond the quarter. It seems ever 6 months there is new direction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  4. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
  5.  

    Service areas want client money and employees can be replaced.

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

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, Smart people,Working from home,

    Cons

    long hours, work life balance, management support

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Accounting analyst

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

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, nice peers if you are lucky, nice managers if you are lucky enough. Large company with more opportunity to grow.

    Cons

    Bad compensation, bad experience with unreasonable managers. Constantly laid off. Working on the week ends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees would be considered most important value to the company. So please tread them nicely to trigger their passion to work and prompt their poetencial.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Bad Management, Low Morale

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

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

    Pros

    Work at home options, good team work across business lines. Excellent skill base of empployees

    Cons

    Bad Morale, Management has one focus and that is on themselves. Only goal of company is for 2015 EPS goals that will eliminate more employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care more about employees than themselves. Treat people with respect and instil a sense of pride in their accomplishments No raises or bonuses and take aways all the time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Big company with unlimited Opportunity

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

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

    Pros

    Whatever you want to do can be found at IBM. Pay can be good depending on what part of the business you enter. Ability to work at home for most job functions is great for work-life balance.

    Cons

    With such a big company you can get lost unless you seek opportunities. Bureaucratic much like any big companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify IBM from the inside out, it will resonate with clients.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Consultant - Consulting by Degrees

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

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

    Pros

    CBD is a good program for someone who wants an opportunity to learn a lot about different businesses and consulting projects right out of school. Lots of opportunities to get involved in the program and company outside of specific role - if you are a go-getter, you can get a lot out of the CBD program.

    Cons

    It is difficult to get staffed on specific projects - you need to be open to making the most of wherever you land.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Overall solid company, good place to work

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

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    If in the right division and position, good culture and ability to grow. IBM still a consistent brand and vendor with large customers (low in mid-market), continues to drive the "back-office" of the enterprise.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic, if not in the right management structure could be difficult to navigate. Complex relationships internally between brands and groups, need to be able to maneuver through a thoroughly diverse set of organizations. Not uncommon for a company with excess of 100k employees (x4).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers - Focus on talent. Hire the best. Allow them to get outside the box. Help them navigate the engine that is IBM.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good

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

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

    Pros

    Stable Good R&D beginning. Unstable now

    Cons

    Hardware go down. Only see short term

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have vision for long term

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

Worked for IBM? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.