IBM Reviews

Updated June 11, 2015
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IBM CEO Virginia Rometty
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Pros
  • 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. Helpful (1)

    SSR

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    Former Employee - Systems Support Representative (SSR) in Vancouver, WA
    Former Employee - Systems Support Representative (SSR) in Vancouver, WA

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

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with, team concept worked in the office I worked in.

    Cons

    Upper management needs to do more for there people in the front ranks, support was in the decline before I left.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of the people that take care of the company. Do not stretch them to thin they mayl break.


  2. Could be better

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    Current Employee - Senior Loan Officer in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Loan Officer in Beaverton, OR

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

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

    Pros

    Love the co workers..lots of hard working people. Good location. Great benefits..lots of paid time off.

    Cons

    Management, does not have a clue. Need to fire some if them. The systems do not work well. Makes departments have to do work 2 and 3 times

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the loan officers. Fix the system issues. Hire from within the departments.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Good starting point. Ability to improve your skills in a corporate environment.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Hillsboro, OR

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

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

    Pros

    Ability to improve your skills in a corporate environment.
    Great work/life balance

    Cons

    Little/no investment in maintaining top performers

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in top performers to keep them in the company.


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  5. Managing consultant/ Project manager

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Beaverton, OR

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    opportunities to learn and build experiences, worked with great companies as a consultant, travel perks,

    Cons

    metrics based evaluations- utilization is all that matters, ibm no longer builds the relationship with their clients, it all about billing them more, management is disconnected and there are too many layers , expect a 3-5 year work window with ibm - learn as much as you can with them as your next employer will reap the benefits of your skillset

    Advice to Management

    reevaluate the blue page manager format, there are no trimester reviews,


  6. Helpful (1)

    Good Pay, bad Opportunity

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Hillsboro, OR

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

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

    Pros

    -Good Pay
    -Good Stock Matching Plan
    -The small groups you work are usually pretty nice

    Cons

    -Terrible Bonuses
    -Stock Matching plan is once a year, if you are fired or quit you lose it
    -Constantly cut employee benefits
    -They like to cut pay raises
    -They like to cut bonuses
    -Upper management wants to drive the company into the ground
    -Tons of layoffs
    -Really hard to advance your career

    Advice to Management

    They don't know what they are doing. They want to go into cloud and expand profits when the entire revenue of cloud is less than the revenue of IBM. They lay off all the bad people, and then cut all the benefits so all the good people want to leave.


  7. Project Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Change Manager in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Change Manager in Beaverton, OR

    I worked at IBM

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. The company is generally very stable.

    Cons

    Big, slow, beuracratic. Get ready for the grind, as it takes many layers to make basic decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Get lean! I think this company could be extremely profitable if it got rid of the bloat. Like most beuracracies, the company limps along because it is hampered by middle managers who are more concerned about their own status than the viability of the organization.


  8. I miss it every day

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Development Intern in Hillsboro, OR
    Former Intern - Software Development Intern in Hillsboro, OR

    I worked at IBM as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours, work from home, talented and welcoming team, very organized for the scale of projects I was working on, amazing pay.

    Cons

    HR can be a bit of pain.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  9. A good company to work for a Fortune 500 Company with great benefits, but could improve with compensation and bonuses.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - UAT Analyst in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - UAT Analyst in Beaverton, OR

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

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

    Pros

    4 weeks vacation (3 weeks plus 6 personal days)
    Depending upon the job, work-life balance can be good
    Opportunities to work from home are higher than other businesses

    Cons

    Compensation could be more competitive
    Bonus structure makes it difficult to get a significant bonus unless you are a top producer in your band/group
    Only get 6 holidays off each year (other 6 are given to you as personal days)

    Advice to Management

    Improved training - need to centralize all training in one place, and the system should have the ability to automatically tally how many hours an employee has completed towards their 40 hrs/yr.


  10. Great challenges, but mediocre pay

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Portland, OR

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

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

    Pros

    Wonderful challenges and training to grow your career
    Positive management

    Cons

    Pay is mediocre - merit increases were put on hold this year because the company didn't hit it's target revenue

    Advice to Management

    Pay your good to outstanding performers with at least fair merit increases and you'll see increased energy coming from them


  11. IBM

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Portland, OR

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

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

    Pros

    Great amounts of resources to get the job done

    Cons

    Very short term expense focus can impact the big picture

    Advice to Management

    Top talent retention and longer term revenue growth focus over near term EPS focus



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