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IBM Reviews

Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
12,341 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.  

    Intern Experience

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    Current Employee - Intern in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Intern in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Work is challenging and interesting. The mentoring program is very beneficial. I learned a lot from shadowing my mentor. As far as intern compensation goes IBM offers competitive pay.

    Cons

    No office culture. I can go a whole day without seeing or talking to anyone.
    My manager rarely reaches out to interns, my mentor was more like a manager

    Recommends
  2.  

    Still the market leaders despite the lack of vision

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Brand Specialist in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Brand Specialist in Naperville, IL

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

    Pros

    Bright, intelligent, compassionate colleagues who for the most part, enjoy what they do.

    Cons

    Lacking in vision and insights into client needs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clients are desperate to find lower cost solutions that they perceive to have value

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    work

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    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
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    good place

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    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lower pay than competitors, uninteresting work, little/no emphasis on career development

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

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good name recognition in tech consulting. If you are looking for work-life balance, you can find it on long-term implementation projects. A lot of GBS consultants end up transferring to other IBM divisions to reduce travel/workload stress. This is common and a perk of working for a big company.

    Cons

    The work is not interesting on long-term implementation projects, but that's GBS's bread and butter. Strategy is just a foot in the door. If you want interesting strategy projects, you need to find the right partners and you will spend a lot of time chasing the work. No matter how GBS positions itself to recruits, it simply isn't seen as a strategy firm by clients or peers. If it is interesting work, it's usually oversold by a partner (read: terrible work-life balance with minimal assistance/resources because the budget doesn't allow for it).

    From a promotion standpoint, delivery is only half the equation. The rest is proposals and making sure you work on visible projects with influential partners. If you're not willing to play the game, you're not going to get promoted. GBS is always restructuring, so you may have two or three different managers in the same year and never meet the person who is supposed to advocate for you. That makes building a relationship and getting them invested in your career very difficult.

    The pay...well, just look at other consulting firms on Glassdoor. You'll see the reality. The fine print is that there were multiple years when there were no year-end bonuses (despite reported division profits) or raises unless you were top-rated (which usually included literally two people). However, there are always backdoor channels to get extra pay, like retention bonuses. Again, you have to ask for it and then it's hush hush so your peers don't get jealous and ask for the same thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay people what they deserve. Incorporate 360 reviews and make people management a core part of the annual performance review process. Otherwise, your best people will continue to fly out the door.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Big company, lots of red tape

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    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
  8.  

    Business

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    good benefits for some employees

    Cons

    low pay for some employees

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Consulting by Degrees is a disorganized program where the projects are boring and your work is mindless

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    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    IBM Global Business Services is engaged in a decent amount of very interesting and cutting edge work with their clients and if you manage to get on one of those projects you'll learn a lot and probably do some pretty cool stuff. Work life balance has been very reasonable - I might be an exception but I rarely work over 50 hours a week. Brand name is still very well recognized and respected across all industries. At least in Consulting by Degrees, job security is pretty much guaranteed unless you do something horribly dumb. The people in general are really great, specifically in CbD.

    Cons

    Where to start? Huge company means horrible communication, very disorganized, inability to pursue interests and a serious lack of investment/care in employees. CbDers are just considered a cheap resource so you basically become a victim of supply demand, i.e. if there's a need for you on a project, IBM couldn't care less if you're interested or not, you're cheap so you're going. The actual work and roles you are typically given is often associated with 'secretary work' or a very repetitive process. Your manager is pretty much useless and only there to make you feel like one person in the company cares about you. Networking to get on projects you are interested in is very difficult, be prepared for a lot of people saying no. The training you have every 4-6 months is a joke and shouldn't be called training. Very difficult to get recognized for performance and annual reviews are chaos since your manager, who doesn't know a thing about you, is reviewing you along with a hundred other CbDers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you're going to design a 2 year rotational program that enables entry level employees to fast track to seniority, then put the incentives in place to actually keep people interested in the program and work they're doing. Design mini 4-6 week boot camps for typical areas of interest (analytics, project management, mobile development, customer experience, etc) and give CbDers the skills and knowledge they need to actually do meaningful work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mediocre

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    This place provides work flexibility

    Cons

    Not a place for innovation. Company lags behind in new technology

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please train your employees in new technology areas and consider it as an investment. It will pay out big time !!

  11.  

    Project manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Ok place. Slow advancement Not employee focused

    Cons

    Purely financially focused and run the business' quarter

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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