IBM Reviews

Updated October 1, 2014
Updated October 1, 2014
11,702 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work from home 2 days/week if you have to commute over 45 minutes to the office (in 1283 reviews)

  • Work life balance ( Work from home) & wider opportunity if you have good network (in 1264 reviews)


Cons
  • Though the company espouses work life balance there is no getting away from work (in 401 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 205 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    High Tech, Good Benefits, People

    Cons

    Mainframe Oriented, Conservative, Traditional, Big

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 22 people found this helpful  

    Advisory Engineer in STG, IBM

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    Current Employee - Advisory Engineer  in  Hopewell Junction, NY
    Current Employee - Advisory Engineer in Hopewell Junction, NY

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

    Pros

    Disclaimer: A lot of what I'm writing below of course depends on the work area and management chain. But I found this to be fairly pervasive policies in IBM in my 9+ years with the company.
    1. IBM's policies and management are very flexible when it comes to working remotely or accommodating various life situations (sick days, doctor visits, etc.). Management is encouraged to measure an employee by their work and impact, and not by hours spent at their office.
    2. Great colleagues! Though unfortunately, many have been leaving due to the instability of IBM's HW development business.
    3. At least in my area, there's a high level of flexibility on which projects should I undertake based on my and my management assessment of business impact.

    Cons

    1. Unfortunately, IBM still uses the "normal distribution" rating system, where at the end of the year each employee is ranked as a top contributor (5%), above average contributor (15%), average contributor (~75%), and bottom contributor (5%). This curve is difficult to apply in the R&D world, where you may have many members of the team working long and hard hours, and end up being "average contributors" at the end of the year, because there just isn't room for all to be top contributors.

    2. The above may not be so disturbing, if only IBM didn't practically cancelled all raises, performance bonuses and incentive for the non top-performers. I've had a consistent "above average" rating in the last 4-5 years, and my raise and performance bonus were ridiculous mere 1.5-2% of my salary. Were I rated "average contributor" I would have gotten NOTHING. So you can imagine that people can go year after year without any raise to their salary.

    From talking to manager friend, this is IBM's way to eliminate the non-top-performers without having to fire them, as part of its direction of reducing US manpower.

    3. Hiring freeze in many areas - again, as part of IBM's attempt to reduce its workforce across North America and Europe we see many jobs move to the India and Far East markets. This is of course upsetting to see local teams shrink and disappear, especially when many great local IBM colleagues and experts begin to drop out. From my experience thus far working with India SW teams - they are still very far away from the standards I would have expected from US and Europe based teams.

    4. Poor top down communication about company's and divisions' future. Employees learn from rumors and news websites what's about to come...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management must keep in mind that it today's world, which is saturated with brilliant companies that hire top talent, IBM must remain competitive to attract great talent and hold on to it. In the meanwhile, we're seeing the opposite trend, where great people leave IBM for other companies, be it because of a more competitive package, dropping morale and many other reasons.

    Neutral Outlook
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Big Blue is Hip and exciting

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    Current Employee - Senior Digital Marketing Professional  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Digital Marketing Professional in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    In 14 years I have had the ability to design a new career twist every year. I keep on the cutting edge and have the opportunity to work in a socially collaborative global organization. I brought in big data and analytics skills, I got to apply them to small and very large scale projects. When digital came along I was an early adopter and evangelist. Every new turn brings something new and challenging. We are not the old Big Blue, we are enthusiastic about changing the world in new ways, and I have been delighted to be a part of it. Where else would I work in a culture like this!

    Cons

    They are constantly reducing the workforce in North America and outsourcing to China, India, Romania and Latin America. While this brings a global perspective it make you feel uneasy. Great people have left because of the behaviors of building a globalized workforce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We know our values, we work collaboratively. In a company that is always changing and always growing, it would be nice to know when you are safe from being cut. Even high respect and expertise won't save you. Build methods of in person team building below the senior executive level, and this workforce can innovate!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Heading in the wrong direction

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager  in  Somers, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Somers, NY

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

    Pros

    Work life balance. Peers are professional and good to work with.

    Cons

    Too driven on quarter goals and making cuts to achieve them in light of long term strategy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think longer term strategies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Time for a change

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Great benefits, Sparta executive leadership

    Cons

    Culture is fading, senior leadership not in touch with employees, many top employees being taken by competitors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on top talent

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company that's working through transition

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Exciting growth strategy around cloud, analytics, mobile, social and security solutions. There are a lot of highly skilled and intelligent people working here.

    Cons

    Limited pay raises, difficult to move up vertically in some positions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clearly communicate future opportunities for career growth to employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Walked away with tremendous exposure and opportunity but with a new found understanding for politics and bad management

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    Former Employee - Watson Sales and Strategy  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Watson Sales and Strategy in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Watson has phenomenal technology that inspires with a brilliant team you work with everyday. Market demand pushes opportunities into the door more than the company can handle which is a good problem to have.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic and Political. Too few leaders and too many authoritative managers that cannot lead. Culture is trying to change and be more like Google and Apple but slow to move ahead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on client relationships, team relationships, and building an environment where public and corporate pressures on numbers do not negatively impact the dynamics.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    I loved the culture, but the work was not always challenging or rewarding.

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    Current Employee - Consultant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

    I have been working at IBM as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Co-workers, low stress, variety of opportunities

    Cons

    Determining future projects for self

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Awesome work - dull office - long commute

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    Former Employee - Strategy Consultant  in  Armonk, NY
    Former Employee - Strategy Consultant in Armonk, NY

    I worked at IBM as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment, impacting projects

    Cons

    Extremely long commute from Manhattan

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great work / life balance company but first line management needs help

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    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    Management open to work with schedules to accommodate work/ life balance. Good horizontal opportunities ( learn something new). Great benefits including health and dental, 401K available

    Cons

    Horrible opportunities to move up in management. First line managers have their hands tied while higher ups make decisions. Red tape everywhere as with any big company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look within the company to fill positions especially when looking to cut costs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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