IBM Reviews

Updated August 18, 2015
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  • You can work from home or office (when you are in town) (in 1347 reviews)

  • Depending on projects - excellent work-life balance (in 1315 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is basically non existent (in 423 reviews)

  • Senior management has lost it's sense of what the corporate mission is (in 214 reviews)

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  1. A decent place to work.

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Working with a set of great and diverse people.

    Cons

    Lack of job security in the shift to global resources.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on retaining good talent and less on hiring globally.


  2. Administrative Assistant

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    Former Employee - Assistant in Perkasie, PA
    Former Employee - Assistant in Perkasie, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    All in all, a good company to work for. Great people...most embodied the term 'team player'. Loved the option of being able to work from home. Flexible schedules were a real plus.

    Cons

    Pay not competitive; raises were almost non-existent. There was a rather large level of bureaucracy and red tape due to so many levels of management. Some level of 'favoritism' (i.e. more recognition, special project assignments to same people repeatedly).

    Advice to Management

    Give ALL your employees the same level of opportunity when warranted and be more proactive in helping employees grow/expand their careers.


  3. IT Consultant

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    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    a lot of flexibility and ability to grow if you're on the right team

    Cons

    very decentralized management structure sometimes make you feel like you're lost

    Advice to Management

    it's time to promote and give raises people are working hard!


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  5. Not a good p;ace to work

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefit package and 401K matching

    Cons

    People processed company too big. Comp plans terrible. Not a good sales environment

    Advice to Management

    Care more about people and less about spreadsheets


  6. Sales

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Secane, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Secane, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than a year)

    Pros

    working for one of the largest and most recognized global companies

    Cons

    too slow on vital product enhancements leading to many lost opportunities against the same competition. Unrealistic quotas, lackluster product training.


  7. Time well spent

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in King of Prussia, PA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in King of Prussia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great products utilizing the latest technology which was encouraging for me since I was able to be exposed to new products daily.

    Cons

    Too Big to Fail. My company was acquired by Big Blue.

    Advice to Management

    Make better use of employee engagement and resources to keep employees engaged and satisfied


  8. Helpful (4)

    Watson is Turning in His Grave

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    Former Employee - Band 8 IT Specialist in Lumberton, NJ
    Former Employee - Band 8 IT Specialist in Lumberton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefit packages that IBM provides are very good. 401k matching at 50% of the first 6%, and an automatic 2% contribution of your base pay into the plan whether you participate or not...IBM's way of eliminating a pension plan.

    Cons

    IBM doesn't care about their employee's welfare, and they will work you until you drop. The only thing that really matters is your "utilization rate"...the higher the better...for IBM! High utilization rates translates to more billable hours...but the average employee will never see a dime of that revenue...and your rate had better be north of 100%, or it will negatively impact your annual performance review. Using any PTO also has a negative impact on your utilization rate since IBM is paying you, but cannot bill a client for your PTO. So the only way to use PTO without a negative impact on your utilization is to essentially work a MINIMUM amount of unpaid overtime equal to the amount of PTO...and that's just to keep your utilization around 100%. But true to the corporate greed model, there is ALWAYS a demand for utilization rates to be 108% or better...so you have to work MORE UNPAID OVERTIME than the amount of PTO used to have any chance at all of meeting the utilization targets. Also, they manufacture these bogus "Quality and Innovation Summits", which is basically forced unpaid overtime on a weekend...and these QIS weekends ALWAYS seem to fall during a month where there is a Paid Holiday!!! You'll get the Holiday off...with pay...but IBM will get their 8+ hours back!!! And God forbid you come down off of an assignment in the January/February timeframe and hit the bench...IBM has their annual purge every February...like clockwork for the past 10 years...and if you're on the bench, there's a very good chance that you'll be out of a job in February. My advice would be to STAY AWAY! This once great company is a shell of its former self, and Thomas J. Watson has to be turning in his grave!!!

    Advice to Management

    Start putting the employees first instead of the EPS. Wages are stagnant, raises are practically unheard of, but mysteriously, the corporate execs ALWAYS seem to get their 6 - 8 figure bonuses while the worker bees...the road warriors who fly across the country to support a client and only get to see their families on the weekends...in most cases...they get NOTHING!!! Training opportunities are a joke. Opportunities for advancement are a joke. You burn your people out, then discard them like trash. Start caring about your people again


  9. Helpful (1)

    Self-destructive and short-sighted

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I can't speak for most IBM offices, as I've heard that your IBM experience depends on the culture of your office and how good your managers are at shielding you from all the process and bureaucracy. In that respect, I have nothing but admiration for my managers. My coworkers were also great. We were an acquisition, so we fought to keep our culture, with more success than I anticipated. Also: - There are very smart people at IBM; you just have to know where to look, as nothing is easy to find. - There is relatively easy access to IBM software, if you need it. The flip side is you have to fight very hard to be able to use non-IBM software if they decide there is an "equivalent" tool made by IBM.

    Cons

    Many random-seeming decisions. Layoffs, lack of reinvestment in the group, overburdening the remaining employees with everyone else's work. Benefits not good. Seemingly arbitrary review process that is clearly more political than merit-based. The higher-ups still seem to think that offshoring is a good idea.

    Advice to Management

    Be good to your employees. Don't treat them like replaceable cogs. Most can get a job somewhere else. You should give them reasons to stay instead of hoping they leave and then hiring a fresh graduate for much less money and expecting them to perform immediately just as well. Also, giving yourselves bonuses for laying off hard-working employees looks really bad.


  10. IBM is a big sea and it is very easy to get lost in projects unrelated to your career growth.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are many travel opportunities including flying a loved one of your choice to your work location for the weekend in lieu of flying home to be there for 48 hours. Most people are a joy to work with. It isn't always easy being away from home but working in a team environment eases the pain.

    Cons

    The work-life balance can be an issue as you are normally only at home (in your home city) for 72 hours. It takes a toll on your family.


  11. Great company to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Newark, DE
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Newark, DE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great training facility and good senior management

    Cons

    less pay and work-life balance

    Advice to Management

    work-life balance



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