IBM Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
12,012 Reviews

3.1
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Regular Employee

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Benefits, competitive salary, work from home

    Cons

    Long hours, degrading corporate culture, questionable business plan

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    Great to work with

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    You learn so much from all the brilliant people around you and there are so many chances to move up the ladder.

    Cons

    The culture is missing something

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great work environment with incredible people and talent

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    The best part about IBM is the people. Everyone there is smart and talented. The company culture is great, and is more focused on the software than on the accomodations/perks. There is a nice age range on IBM teams (i.e. not everyone is in their 20's/early30's), and as a young person, this is a great learning opprotunity. Work life balance is great. Good benefits. Good work from home options.

    The other best part about IBM is the client base. You get to build software for large corporations, government agencies, etc.

    Cons

    No free coffee. Salary is not as competitve as other large software companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try and add a few more perks to the office, to help retain new young talent. Even just having free coffee would make a huge difference, since that is something standard in the industry. It sends the wrong message by not having it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A place of diverse opportunity

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    It's an incredibly fast-paced environment, rife with opportunity and the ability to move into different areas of the organization and build a diverse skill set.

    Cons

    Everything is a priority, everything is a firedrill.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strong leadership and consistent focus could clean up much of the confusion, complexity of the organization.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company but very process have, has some drones.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Bethlehem, PA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bethlehem, PA

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

    Pros

    This is one of the largest technology companies in the world. If you put your mind to it, you can easily advance anywhere and fit a vast number of positions. The company has many resources and seems to pay well. Many very intelligent people (tech side at least), and you have a wealth of knowledge and potential at your hands. Not to mentioned the message this company's name sends on a resume for then future.

    Cons

    Some employees, especially sales orientied are very process heavy, seem like drones, mindlessly following the norm. As an Engineer, my work with other technical side people has been great, but the sales side seems solely interest in closing, making money, and moving on to the next. (I know this is what sales is, but some I've noticed will throw their own co-workers under the bus whenever convenient.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drop some of the bureaucratic management and re-structure your company culture. IBM seems to want the culture to be boring, dull, and just business. Learn from the startups of the world that you can mix work, fun, creativity, and a cool atmosphere, and your employees will thank you for it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    high salary, good people, good enronment

    Cons

    lack of benefits, hard work, high turnover

  8.  

    Good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Good benefits, perks, schedule, flexible

    Cons

    long hours, could be flexible on project duration

  9.  

    Great Company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Account Manager  in  San Juan, PR
    Current Employee - Software Account Manager in San Juan, PR

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

    Pros

    Intensity, culture ability to learn

    Cons

    Pressure to deliver on time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better selection of candidates

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    IBM comfortability

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Web Applications Developer and Tester  in  Littleton, MA
    Current Employee - Web Applications Developer and Tester in Littleton, MA

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, well paid co-op/internships, intelligent and supporting coworkers

    Cons

    Co-op/interns have little to no benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would recommend offering benefits to supplemental employees - it's a big draw.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great decade of management consulting experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant  in  Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Cleveland, OH

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

    Pros

    Able to work with quality employees, both intelligent and personable.

    Cons

    IBM seems to have lost interest in the "product" quality, their human resources doing the service work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with greater respect and investment in their careers.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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