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IBM Reviews

Updated December 24, 2014
Updated December 24, 2014
12,362 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 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Interesting and challenging work, but definitely a company in the midst of a transition.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Incredible amount of resources to access, whether it be mentorship or a masters degree, IBM has got your back. This company is focused on building your skills, so it is a great launching pad for people early in their career and lacking experience.

    For people are skilled enough in what they do to work from home, IBM is a dream come true.

    Cons

    IBM doesn't perform cost of living adjustments, in comparison to other Bay Area competition the pay dismal, however if you move out of the Bay Area to say... Texas, where the taxes are low and the living is cheap; you will be making more money than the local competitors.

    Aside from compensation: The company spirit is nowhere near the "Silicon Valley energy" I've seen in other tech firms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Undoubtably the transition has been tough for managers and has been a source of the slight social breakdown within IBM's teams (another source has been from the increased spreading out of teams across multiple sites and states). A big effort needs to be made in the realm of social engagement especially if they are expected to keep their recent college graduates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good Career Place, not Part Time

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at IBM as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great network, intelligent environment. Everyone working loved to help others and the company had a direct unified mission.

    Cons

    Structured hierarchy, long and difficult process to move up. Office culture was a little outdated. Mostly closed off rooms and hard to meet new people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the company more interesting to work at for young people. Right now, IBM is still has that old corporate feel. Most offices are located outside cities which make it an unattractive place to work for millennials

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Expect to see changes all around the year

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Company offers a good benefit package. Work-life balance is also reasonably good. Company offers variety of virtual online training but it may not always feasible with project work.

    Cons

    Expect too many process changes around the year. Communication from top management is hard to reach leaf levels however individual group heads does a fantastic job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adopt changes while maintaining talented workforce to achieve growth instead of reducing workforce to stay in business. Company is on track to reach irreversible point of sustaining unless management can do some miracles.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Flexible hours and locations

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours and start times can make juggling a family life considerably easier than your average job. Work/life balance was easier to manage.

    Cons

    Project needs can override the individual employees needs for long periods of time. Increased focus on metrics-based management can mean that successes are overlooked if not quantified.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Metrics can't replace good management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Contract Admin

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Remote Work, wonderful coworkers, was a good career starter

    Cons

    no promotions, raises were taken away

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    appreciate your workers, its not always about the $$

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Culture changed the last 5 years

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Great technical talent who have awesome skills.
    Challenging projects. International projects for Fortune 500 companies.
    Opportunity for travel.
    Opportunity to work remotely.

    Cons

    Focus on meeting 5 year EPS goal.
    Less focus on customer satisfaction in recent years.
    Little opportunity for training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on customer satisfaction and empowering employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Account Executive

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    wide variety of product offerings

    Cons

    bureaucratic, slow to get pricing approved for clients, offerings are rigid

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    cut the countless unnecessary levels of management...many levels of VPs and GMs who add nothing, many don't even manage people....pay the sales teams better, the best sales people are leaving in droves to other more growth oriented companies who have a clue how to treat people....there is now zero respect for the individual and each year top management thinks of additional ways to cut more off the backs of their workforce and pad their bonuses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Big company, lots of red tape

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Employees are intelligent, professional, and definitely sweat the details. It is a big company and has big company benefits and opportunities.

    Cons

    It is a big company and has big company cons - lots of red tape, company politics are outrageous, middle managers have the worse job - looking for their next jump and will step on anyone to achieve it. No trust in Leadership. No communication, management makes employees feel like the they are the enemies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with your employees, not just talk at them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    stable company. not likely to improve

    Cons

    in process of change. need to be flexible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more lenient

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    good place

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Developer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Developer in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    lot of fun to place work

    Cons

    no career growth in this place

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    smarten up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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