IBM Reviews

Updated September 20, 2014
Updated September 20, 2014
11,618 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    abc

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    good enviroment to work for a new comer

    Cons

    i have nothing to say

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    na

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    No value of employees

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    It is IBM and an old and respected name.

    Cons

    Work life balance are terrible, people with no experience and who are just good at interviewing get in the door. No chance for advancement, nor positions of interest to move into.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the old school IBM and adopt something more modern.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Think again

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    None that I can think of

    Cons

    Salary and work life balance .............

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Could have been better

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  Greenville, SC
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Greenville, SC

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, flexible as fsr as vacation and sick time. Decent pay.

    Cons

    The division I worked in was more like a sweat shop. Call center..need I say more. If a call center is your cup of tea then you'll do fine if not, its like living in hell! Not representative of the real IBM.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to your employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Reached a peak of job satisfaction 5-7 years ago, downhill since then

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    Current Employee - IT Architect  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - IT Architect in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Work from home arrangements, Name recognition, dealing with a global team... you will meet everyone from everywhere, but only if you travel on business. Benefits are still good, compared to other places, but being reduced each year.

    Cons

    IBM has a huge work from home culture, however I wouldn't necessarily call it work-life balance, as you are always expected to drop what you are doing 24/7 for conference calls. Your manager may be in another country and from a culture which is not similar to your own... but you will change managers every year and the only thing the new manager will know about you is what your previous manager tells them in the turn-over meeting. I probably had 8 managers in the last decade while staying in the same job role. I only ever met 2 of them in person.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not really worth the time, the band 9 and 10 managers have no power to influence or change anything, and the people above them do not listen to anything from "the ranks"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Generally positive experience

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at IBM as a contractor for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Work from home 100%, little to no travel, good pay, good people

    Cons

    IBM makes their quarterly targets by cutting resources, making the job very insecure and causing unnecessary issues in project rework/restart

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    IBM Overview

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    IBM provides good pay and decent benefits. The employees are generally good to work with.

    Cons

    Like many companies, IBM does not seem to be investing in its employees as much as it used to. Especially in the US. There is an expectation to make up vacation days with overtime.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage all of your employees. Don't play lip service to employee development.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disappointing

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Poughkeepsie, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in Poughkeepsie, NY

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

    Pros

    Research is still very strong
    Work life balance, but only because there doesn't seem to be real pressure on pushing products to production.

    Cons

    Old work culture
    Benefits and pay are not competitive
    Lack top talent
    Employees do not seem optimistic about future
    Employees have a lack of motivation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to make dramatic changes

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    I work with good people, but unfortunately the company is mostly driven by meeting EPS goals.

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    Current Employee - Managing Consultant  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Very Smart employees, Good for gaining leadership experience, Company still has a lot of prestige (looks good on resume), Competitive Starting Salary & Benefits

    Cons

    Slow & Tedious Promotion Process (You essentially have to write 16 essays on why you deserve a promotion and this is with the new "less cumbersome" Go Organic process). Executive pay is tied to EPS Goals and any failure to meet those goals rolls down on employees and effects compensation. Company changed 401(k) matching so that match is paid in lump sum to 401(k) at the end of the year. You miss out on investment growth throughout the year and if you leave before 15 December, you don't receive any match for the entire year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being a slave to EPS goals and invest in your people, who are your most valuable assets.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    A lot of indoctrination and dishonesty

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    Former Employee - Cyber Security  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Cyber Security in Washington, DC

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    If you are coming, as a seasoned professional, do bargain and max out your offer and the sign-up bonus, You can get a very, very competitive offer when you just come aboard.

    If you play by the rules, don't drop any balls, and follow the crowd, you will have job security and peace of mind.

    Cons

    There is no any real raises after you are hired. There will be some symbolic raises and bonuses, but they are not worth mentioning.
    Be ready to work 44 hours a week or more, and get peanuts in return for extra hours.

    I have seen companies that really strive to develop their employees and facilitate educational endeavors. At IBM, you have to do it in your own personal time and at your own expense. No conference attendance.... No free access to even IBM-owned tools that you would love to master... After 10 years with IBM, you still won't know what Rational tools do, even if you really would love to know. Yeah, you can take an online course about Rational stuff, but you won't have access to any simulation environment or the actual tools!

    You will come in a professional expert in the latest technology and tools, and in 2-3 years you will have no knowledge of current stuff and won't even know about the latest tools...

    Also, they spend about 40% more time of various compliance mandatory educational courses that majority of employees don't really understand and are not interested in knowing.... In private, they despise of of "those non-sense courses".

    There will be constant drumbeat about integrity and honesty... They will offer a fairly low billable rate to the client, and then will saddle that client with a 44-hour base week, 20+ part-time support employees (that will cause headaches to PM and overruns to the project), and an over-bloated team of 20 guys for the job that can be done by 10. But.... who got ever fired for hiring IBM? ))

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read the Cons and consider.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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