IBM Reviews

Updated September 20, 2014
Updated September 20, 2014
11,618 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.  

    Reinvent your Future.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN

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

    Pros

    The best reason to work for IBM is flexibility. Ample vacation time allotted, and the culture is performance driven; as long as the deliverables are met, you can do all the other things you do in life. Also working at IBM you're surrounded by awesome people. Education and skill development is encouraged and required.

    Cons

    When there's an important or time sensitive deadline you end up working a lot of hours. Also, its difficult to meet the deliverables of clients when "costs" are too high and heads are getting cut.
    Its an unending cycle of knee jerk reactions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you make people feel valued, you'll get a lot more good work from them. Stop looking for ways to stuff your own pockets and start actually valuing the people. Happy people work happy, give me a window or I want to work from home.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Technical Lead for more than 8 years

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Lead  in  Boca Raton, FL
    Former Employee - Technical Lead in Boca Raton, FL

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Stimulating work environment. Strong work culture. Great people to work with. Remuneration in line with the job responsibilities. Doing a great job on foresting innovation.

    Cons

    Although they're trying to reduce the red tape, there're plenty of bureaucratic hurdles. Career advancements it's a battle of the "fittest", not the brightest. Overtime not being paid, seen as normal.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Staff software engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer  in  Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    flexible schedule, excellent management, nice co workers

    Cons

    no visa sponsorship and career prospects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Solid. Not exciting, but solid.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Decent benefits, especially for new hires. Your fellow employees are all very bright. Your day to day really depends on work area -- there are so many things the company does, in so any places, that it can be a bit of a craps shoot as far as how good your immediate management is, how flexible your schedule is, etc.

    Cons

    More difficult to move around especially considering the company's size. Pay is good but depends on your location and most likely will not be at the top end of the scale in your locale.

  6.  

    IBM Consultant, CbD

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Challenging work environment
    Nice colleagues
    Fast career trajectory

    Cons

    Consulting projects mainly IT based
    Minimal interaction with manager

  7.  

    Customer Service Rep

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Very thorough training. makes job easy and fun

    Cons

    Scheduling was never permanent, always changing.

  8.  

    Intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Great high school opportunity

    Cons

    I didn't encounter any cons, honestly.

  9.  

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Lansing, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Lansing, MI

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

    Pros

    good good good good good good

    Cons

    not-applicable not-applicable not-applicable not-applicable more lay offs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no lay offs no lay offs no lay offs no lay offs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Lead sap be it specialist

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Good company to work for

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy to move up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    More and more troubling by the day

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There have been plenty of chances for personal growth, as long as you grab hold and run with them. Many work-from-home opportunities if that is your thing. Customers genuinely appreciate the expertise you bring to the table.

    Cons

    The company is very bureaucratic overall, and generally run by the accountants for the accountants. The "temporary" spending freezes on practically everything have become "permanent" without avenues for exceptions for things you really do need to do your job. First line management has had most if not all decision making privileges taken away from them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on growing the business and increasing profits through top-line revenue growth. You can't keep cost-cutting your way to higher profits, and share buyback financial engineering tricks are going to eventually run out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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