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IBM Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
12,317 Reviews
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12,317 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 experience and an old school tech company with some great growth prospects

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Smart people who are willing to support you, great work life balance with the opportunity to work from multiple offices, cool projects that will hep drive company growth

    Cons

    The company is very very big so it seems daunting to make large scale change from the bottom of the pyramid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fail fast and learn.

    Approves of CEO
  2. 58 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 (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. 8 people found this helpful  

    32 years at IBM

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    work life balance for me was great. OK management.

    Cons

    Low pay and benefits not as good as they were early on. Opportunity for advancement almost non-existent

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    A good company with great people

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    Former Employee - Program Director in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Program Director in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to have many careers within one company. Work with very smart and talented co-workers. Great history of contribution

    Cons

    Leadership forced to put too much focus on financial results from quarter to quarter. Excellent people are laid off when they could be redeployed within the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Regain your respect for the individual

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    program manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Team collaboration
    challenging projects
    results-oriented
    no micro management
    ability to explore other functions

    Cons

    minimal face time, flexibility with work hours comes with a price - while you don't have to worry about taking time during the typical 8-5 hours, you are also expected to make yourself available for Global colleagues, which can mean very early mornings and/or late night meetings.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Network Architect

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    Former Employee - Network Architect in Glenn Heights, TX
    Former Employee - Network Architect in Glenn Heights, TX

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Contract transistion end on the two I particpated in.

    Cons

    None that I see, I see that I can come in an be asset right away based of job description

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work Life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Great growth opportunities, awesome benefits.

    Cons

    Sales cycle can be difficult to conquer.

  9.  

    In general this is a great company to work

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    Current Employee - Research Staff Member in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Research Staff Member in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Flexible working environment, very smart people around willing to help you, good management style at least in research

    Cons

    Sometimes too much focus in short term results....but depends on who is managing you

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Services Delivery Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The people are great to work with on a daily basis.

    Cons

    Upper, upper management has forgotten what made IBM great. Their greatest resource used to be the people. That is no longer true with the recent resource actions they use to meet the bottom line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the employee like you use to in the 90's and early 2000's

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Research staff member

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    Current Employee - RSM in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - RSM in Albany, NY

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    good working environment
    excellent people to work with

    Cons

    No commnet/ do not have any

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    do not have any

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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