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IBM Reviews in Philadelphia, PA

Updated February 20, 2015
Updated February 20, 2015
44 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work from home 2 days/week if you have to commute over 45 minutes to the office (in 1347 reviews)

  • Work life balance ( Work from home) & wider opportunity if you have good network (in 1315 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life/balance depends entirely on the management of your individual projects (in 423 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 214 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Newark, DE
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Newark, DE

    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 ManagementAdvice

    work-life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at IBM

    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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    No sales so people pinched

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    training, investment in technical job families, and broad product portfolio creates an ever-changing list of career opportunities. IBM's move to the Cloud points to a possible future beyond the mainframe.

    Cons

    Poor sales attainment means completely unattainable comp plans due to jacked-up quota targets. Whether Sales or Sales Engineering, words like "Target Incentive" are a punch line. No one expects to make, much less over-achieve targets in IBM.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring commodity sales and technical professionals. Pull your heads out of the early 2000s and embrace a changed world.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Industry powerhouse with innovation at its core

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Technology, Management Chain, Training, Job Structures, Peers, Directors, Products, Opportunities, Work Locations, Offices, Work Flow, Organizational Structure, Career Paths, Leader

    Cons

    work-life balance, pace of management transitions, understanding of business on the front lines by management, lack of office space for all employees instead of required work from home

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Security or just marking time

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Good pay level. Decent benefits. Don't have to work hard. Can work from home. The company reigns supreme at cutting costs for everything. Company has high integrity in that it does what it says it will do (although the amount of running around you are made to do is olympic in level).

    Cons

    Not much compensation upside. Highly political environment. Leadership is often clueless and disconnected from what is really going on. Constant resource actions (code for layoffs). Teams are not provided with needed management data. An unbelievable amount of broken systems. Constant automated emails that make no sense. Getting technical support for the average person is ridiculously hard (have to chat with someone off shore). Lotus Notes is terrible. Executives get top shelf support, while everyone else is treated poorly. Open Office is terrible. Approvals on top of approvals are oppressive. Culture has no sense of humor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up and get out of your holes to find out what is really going on out in the field. Engagement is lower than low. Try experiencing life as an employee. Think about how you can help teams do their job. Instead of picking off and letting the good leaders go for bringing up the real problems suggest taking the wax out of your ears and helping people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    IBM is good, Kenexa is not

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Wayne, PA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Wayne, PA

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

    Pros

    Being an IBMer.
    Flexible hours.
    Good benefits.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, at the Kenexa office, we are always running and going nowhere. Goals are not clear or change all the time.
    First level managers are all juniors, they think that they are awesome though. The truth is that they have no clue of how to motivate or lead a team.
    Many people are leaving the company not only for the stress but for the inefficiency to get the work done. Many people are just waiting to get their Green Cards and then they will leave.
    The former CEO (Rudy Karsan) has a great speech, he even wrote a book about motivation and how important is to have the employees engaged. Unfortunately those are only words when it comes to Kenexa.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Even basic management training will benefit the company and your teams.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in King of Prussia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in King of Prussia, PA

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

    Pros

    Good environment , good career opportunities

    Cons

    Work life balance is non-existant

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    One of thousands

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Global organization with big focus on emerging markets. On leading edge in many respects especially with Watson. Focus on social business and collaboration. Many opportunities for assignments. Just takes time to make that happen

    Cons

    Huge company, easier to get lost, hard to navigate, very slow to move. Sales and number driven perhaps at expense of innovation. Hard to navigate at first. Not always open to new and different ideas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break up into smaller companies

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Opportunity to be exposed to the latest technologies and experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Delivery Project Executive in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Delivery Project Executive in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    The opportunity to work on the latest in technology and innovations, company culture, time off

    Cons

    Leadership, constant cost cutting and head count reduction, minimal promotion and compensation increases.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More focus on client relationships, you have to spend money to make money

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    I'm By Myself (IBM)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Stable company, work from home when not travelling

    Cons

    Salaries not competitive, no bonuses this year, quality of management, too many middle managers, lack of training, no career paths

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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