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Updated September 4, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    IBM

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Training Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Training Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible work environment and lot's of opportunity to move around. Lot's of jobs that involve travel. if that is important to you.

    Cons

    No clear vision and the technology is way behind. Everything is a process and it takes forever for anything to get done.


  2. Open Source developer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    plenty of training and opportunities

    Cons

    long management process and slow tranformation


  3. Helpful (1)

    Mixed Review at IBM

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Specialist
    Current Employee - IT Specialist
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good colleagues, but spread out

    Cons

    Unstable as lay-offs are common


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  5. IBM

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Remote work capable. Great people.

    Cons

    Understaffed. Tons of turnover and even more offshoring.


  6. Challenges shifted from being innovative to trying to stay employed.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Lab Specialist in East Fishkill, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Lab Specialist in East Fishkill, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    One of the most enjoyable work environments if you consider fellow employees and cultural diversity. Some of the best engineers and other performers worked their way through the big machine and mostly moved on if they were able to. Solid "B" performers can make a decent, somewhat remunerative career. There are still opportunities and challenges every day.

    Cons

    Hierarchical, paternalistic, minimal financial incentives. Asinine predetermined evaluation process, which is designed to minimize payroll expense, rather than improve performance. A mixture of game-players and very hard workers managed to maintain course, innovating for a company that only seeks shareholder value at any cost. They've long ago lost the "carrot-and-stick" approach; taken away all the carrots; it's all stick.

    Advice to Management

    There is no point, but you might try more openness and offering more value to your "best asset"- your loyal hardworking employees, instead of handsomely rewarding the AABC&D bands only. Best of luck to you!


  7. Fine Company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time

    Pros

    There were lots of people I could communicate with. Very supportive team. I would recommend the organization to anyone who's interested.

    Cons

    It can be difficult at first to acclimate yourself to the workplace culture. You're working with computers a lot and if you're used to working with people, then that might take an adjustment.

    Advice to Management

    I think management should offer more performance reviews of their employees and offer corresponding bonuses. That type of recognition would support the employees and keep them loyal.


  8. Application Development Specialist

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Baton Rouge, LA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great supportive team, paid vacation, flexible schedule and the ability to work remotely.

    Cons

    Low upward mobility, monotonous and repetitive work.

    Advice to Management

    Make project opportunities more transparent.


  9. Software Engineer

    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Durham, NC

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lots of room for career growth.

    Cons

    Very low pay increases. Pays at the lower end of the pay-scale.


  10. Program Manager

    Former Employee - Program Manager in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Fremont, CA

    I worked at IBM (Less than a year)

    Pros

    IBM is very flexible when it comes to working remotely. Great colleagues. Management is encouraged to measure an employee by their work and impact, not by hours spent.

    Cons

    Hiring freeze in many areas. Attempt to reduce its workforce cross North America and Europe. Full-time position was not available at time of end of supplemental employment.


  11. Helpful (1)

    IBM needs to put its core values into practice

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company offers a competitive salary package and good opportunities to move up through the ranks, especially for their sales people.

    Cons

    The company culture is terrible, focused on short term financial gains rather than long term success of their clients and employees. If only senior management's smugness was matched by competence, IBM would be in much better shape. Work-life balance is not that great, but you know that is what you sign up for.

    Advice to Management

    IBM focuses so much on the bottom-line in the short run that it harms their bottom-line in the long run. They should be more customer focused and show more respect for their employees.



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