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IBM Reviews in Sacramento, CA

Updated July 16, 2014
Updated July 16, 2014
11,963 Reviews

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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.  

    If you can get around the "bigness" of IBM, and focus on project and local teams, it is very manageable.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Partner  in  Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Partner in Sacramento, CA

    Pros

    The positive about the size is that there are resources for just about anything, and there are compatible groups with which to align.

    Cons

    The downside of the size is that there is constant change in management, which sometimes contributes to needing to move on to continue to grow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Integrate the value of long-term focus into the measurement system; train managers to support IDPs better (more consistently, more frequently than annually), and stop "weathering" recessions and lead the world in generating a 21st century economy that benefits all.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Untrustworthy & Uncaring

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Sacramento, CA

    Pros

    None that I can think of.

    Cons

    IBM's descent into mediocrity continues. I was hired as a sub-contractor for an engagement as a PM. IBM asked me for a one-year commitment which I provided, and I turned down other opportunities to take on the work. Two months later, IBM announces a "restructuring" in which they got rid of third-party contractors. They refused to release me from my non-compete clause but offered to send in an IBM employee from India to fill the role. The client was livid - this occurred in the middle of a system cut-over. Do not trust this company - they have an attitude that IBM is a leading company, but this is far from the truth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. Good riddance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Opportunity in abundance.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Sacramento, CA

    Pros

    Training is available for every topic you may be interested. Opportunity to expand your skill sets in any career path that may interest you.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be a little skewed from time to time, but I have discovered that by mentioning my concerns they are typically resolved or alternatives identified to regain that balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A little more advance planning can be useful to the general rank and file, and allow for advance worker planning.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Company does not care about employees at all. They will work you to death. Very unstable.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer  in  Rancho Cordova, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Rancho Cordova, CA

    Pros

    Pay was above average for equivalent jobs.

    Cons

    Company is very unstable. Constant furloughs and layoffs. Project Managers are very pushy, Managers always expect the impossible and no matter how many hours you give them, they want more more more. Worst company I ever worked for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow a heart and invest in your people. Your company will sink if you don't grow employees that care about your company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Sales Account Manager

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    Former Employee - Sales Specialist  in  Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in Sacramento, CA

    Pros

    Very organized, lot of depth in products and ability to provide end-to-end solution

    Cons

    Too slow to respond to changing customer needs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become leaner

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Specialist  in  Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Sacramento, CA

    Pros

    If you are motivated and like to learn new things, this is a great company to work for.

    Cons

    Do not expect to put in a 9-5 and check out mentally while on the job.. you won't get anywhere fast in IBM.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The current direction of the company is very focused.. but it is a large company and there are too many layers of management at times. My only recommendation would be to create tighter focused 'swat' style teams to tackle specific high priority projects. Cut out some of the management and review process for ideas that need a faster turn-around time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of opportunities, but not the best place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Consultant  in  Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Sacramento, CA

    Pros

    Lots of assignments, no dearth of opportunities. Many international assignments ( even to exotic places ) if you want more global experience. Does almost any technology that you can think of.

    Cons

    No HR ( managers make all the decisions ), which is not very efficient if the manager is not capable.
    Average salary, and fewer perks.
    Slow career growth. Brutal hire and fire policies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The crux of IBM is the manager. IBM needs to give more importance while hiring managers .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    no room for growth, very political

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SSR  in  Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - SSR in Sacramento, CA

    Pros

    the freedom you get and the benefits are good, the pay is below average

    Cons

    the pay is below average

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IBM used to treat its people great now its just like the rest

    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Opps fading in north america

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA

    Pros

    Technical opps for those that ars willng to give up their life and travel.

    Cons

    Morale due to offshoring. Focus on quarterly performance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Average experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior IT Analyst  in  West Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Senior IT Analyst in West Sacramento, CA

    Pros

    Working with experience and friendly employees.

    Cons

    A little disorganized and not enough equipment support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More leadership.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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