IBM Reviews

Updated September 20, 2014
Updated September 20, 2014
11,618 Reviews
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Pros
  • Most managers are pretty flexible if you want to work from home a couple days a week (in 1228 reviews)

  • There are no unrealistic expectations causing work-life balance to be messed up (in 1189 reviews)


Cons
  • Though the company espouses work life balance there is no getting away from work (in 373 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 202 reviews)

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  1. 13 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
  2. 2 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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Pretty good

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    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours. Appraised by results, not by how many hours worked. Excellent people - intelligent, well-motivated. Excellent opportunity for customer interaction.

    Cons

    Trying to do too much with too little. Understaffed. Often trying to catch up with technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in R&D. Do more to keep the top talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great company if you want to retire

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    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    The company has been very Stable

    Cons

    The company has been very Slow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work faster

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Employee focus coming back...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There was a time before Ginni took over as CEO, for many years, there was no focus on employees. That focus is coming back. There is lot of emphasis on employee engagement, employee education and well being. Hope this trend will continue and would make a meaningful impact for employees.

    Cons

    IBM is no exception compared to other big companies. I believe, that's the curse of being part of Big company. You have to deal with politics, bureaucracy, competing priorities etc. Amazon/Google of the world will have the same challenges once they get to IBM's size.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees are your assets, just take care of them. Employees have lot of pride being IBMers, just give them little more to be happy in their lives.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Consultant

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to start a career

    Cons

    Too much travel for my personal taste

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great environment but don't expect to make money commensurate with what your position would pull elsewhere.

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    Current Employee - Oracle Database Administrator  in  Dubuque, IA
    Current Employee - Oracle Database Administrator in Dubuque, IA

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

    Pros

    Invest in employees and benefits are nice. Paid vacation is solid and unlimited paid sick days.

    Cons

    While your skills will grow your career will stagnate. Over time they try to extract just enough of each employee to keep them right at the edge of breaking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I really feel anything written here is irrelevant to IBM upper management. The apparent value they give to the employee is a facade. The goal is profit and it's okay to forget that actual human beings work for you. Mind slaves with no union.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    excellent

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    Former Employee - Media Manager  in  Armonk, NY
    Former Employee - Media Manager in Armonk, NY

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

    Pros

    work, life balance and vacation

    Cons

    long hours due to time zones

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    share more information with underlings

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to work

    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Littleton, MA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Littleton, MA

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

    Pros

    Lot of opportunity to learn new things

    Cons

    Very slow in adapting changes

  11.  

    Tough but rewarding environment

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    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance options, good compensation, very good benefits package, very collegiate atmosphere, strong ethical policy which is reinforced annually, great technology leadership, senior management is constantly pushing the organization to innovate and change.

    Cons

    Large matrix of an organization can be hard to navigate until one is accustomed to it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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