IBM Reviews in Orlando, FL

Updated April 8, 2014
Updated April 8, 2014
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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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Many opportunities and diverse jobs available

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consulting IT Specialist  in  Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Consulting IT Specialist in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    IBM is a really large company and there are many opportunities to do some interesting jobs. There are many chances
    for training ... as long as it's free and it's on your own time. IBM has some really good benefits, although they recently
    froze their pension plan, they do have a good 401K plan. If you don't have to be on a customer site, then IBM is a big
    believer in work@home.

    Cons

    In many parts of IBM, one has to constantly be worried about their job being off shored. Many jobs in IBM require onsite
    presence and/or weekly travel to customer sites. Many of the jobs are tied to customer contracts, so when contract ends
    or isn't renewed you have to find another job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being such a bean counter and reward loyal employees for their service. Seems like a waste to keep buying your own stock back just to pump up the share price so senior management gets their bonuses.

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

    Too much Politics preventing employees from moving forward

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Sales Specialist  in  Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Technical Sales Specialist in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Flexible hours, work from home

    Cons

    stress can come down anytime from management and the politics behind the scenes are beyond anything I've seen working for three previous Fortune 500 companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat the employees well, and compensate them for their hard work. Stop hiring more and more managers, and decreasing your sales and technical sales force.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great brand, great products and services, huge bureaucracy, complex sales comp plan with unrealistic sales quotas

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - STG Brand Sales Specialist  in  Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - STG Brand Sales Specialist in Orlando, FL

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

    Pros

    Great brand, great products and services, a fantastic organization to take your career in many directions

    Cons

    Sales culture and processes have huge bureaucracy, complex sales comp plan with unrealistic sales quotas, and it takes an army to meet with a customer and move deals forward

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline sales processes, improve and simplify sales comp plans and sales quotas, allow for sales professionals to run deals and close business without needing multiple sales people and managers to be involved in the sales process

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    IBM going down in a blaze of glory

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - SSR  in  Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - SSR in Orlando, FL

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

    Pros

    Not a whole lot. IBM used to be a industry leader and everybody wanted to work for them. IBM consists of a lot of new hires, which can be good, but most of the senior folks were let go.

    Cons

    Been 10 years since I had a raise and I've gotten 2+ and 3's. People getting let go left and right. Quality of service being deliverered to IBM customers is getting worse and IBM employees treated as a burden and inconvenience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look for a new job

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good people, awful executive management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior IT Architect  in  Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Senior IT Architect in Orlando, FL

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

    Pros

    Health benefits, home office, name recognition

    Cons

    Lack of advancement, salary freezes, offshoring of jobs, executive incompetence and greed, insane focus on internal processes and measurements

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to basics with the employees, grow revenue instead of cutting costs

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lacks Intelligence

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Applications Manager  in  Lake Mary, FL
    Former Employee - Applications Manager in Lake Mary, FL

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

    Pros

    Benefits are the only thing that this company provides.

    Cons

    Lack of management skills, care for workers, and innovative products. Has become nothing but a sweat shop for avarice corporate leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Quite Satisfactory

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Advisory IT Specialist  in  Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Advisory IT Specialist in Orlando, FL

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Brand Value Is tremendous, looks great on resume. Exposure to best projects and exciting travel opportunities.

    Cons

    You can get lost in its huge workforce and matrix structure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let people feel isolated

    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wear the Blue Suit

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant  in  Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    IBM really provides it all. If you want to work in a certain area of IT, the company does provide support tools to achieve those goals. Also, if you are an experienced project manager, you will have the opportunity to manage very large, complex installations within a few short years. The culture of IBM differs from Deloitte and Accenture in that it has a much more rigid hierarchy and is truly a corporate environment. The blue suit rule still stands.

    Cons

    IBM is really a mature organization, therefore, newly hired college graduates are expected to act within their roles and not make waves. Innovation that matters is true, but only if there has been a thorough business case brought to bear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mid-level managers need to learn people management skills. Mentoring and leadership skills are lacking and younger consultants can feel disengaged in the virtual workplace.

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Not your Dads IBM

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator  in  Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Good stepping stone to start your IT. Learn as much as you can then move on to a real rewarding job.

    Cons

    Management have no clue. They are arrogant and do take care of the low ranking employees. You will not be appreciated or rewarded for your hard work. They always look at the bottom line and how to cut cost without any regards for the employees. Management is a good old boys club. You need to rub elbows with the right people and brown nose your way to the top.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of the people that does the real work!!

    No opinion of CEO

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