IBM Reviews

Updated April 6, 2015
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  1. Great culture and sense of community where everyone contributes with their skills, and collaborates.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - SWG Data Operations in San Francisco, CA
    Former Contractor - SWG Data Operations in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very professional environment, but not corporate and stuffy. Working from home is allowed.

    Cons

    At times communication with upper management seemed impossible.

    Advice to Management

    Definitely keep encouraging personal growth, and and open door policy in place.

  2. Helpful (3)

    Work remotely is great, but the only motivation.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analytics Engineering in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Analytics Engineering in San Francisco, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Remote work. Customers continue (blindly) to purchase whatever IBM will sell them without question. If these $bil dollar customers only knew what they were throwing their money at.

    Cons

    As most have already stated, the management chain at IBM is deplorable. From execs to senior to middle to junior management, without fail they have ALL been placed there as a level of their incompetency.

    Execs are not technical and have no idea what IT does. Most are psychologists, HR types, or from Social systems. Problem employees that can't be dealt with legally are often promoted to some level of management, and given new subordinates to manage. Problem junior/middle managers typically find a director or a VP to cling to, and spend the rest of their lives kissing their butts to keep their jobs. They provide no leadership, no forward thinking, and certainly no one that can be approached for some meaningful insight. These are truly incompetent people, and the company is full of them - upwards of 45% of the world employee pool is management. Management is does not and is not supposed to produce ANYTHING. Except that phone call that you've been laid off or a bad PBC review.

    The mood/tone at IBM is just awful, and every day we look for the proberbial email of a 2 week notice. Approaching your first line manager is pointless and often backfires into an RA or a poor PBC rating. Poor PBCs have tripled in the last 2 years, using this tool to eradicate older and other "miscreant" work staff.

    Most are fired within 12 months in advance of retirement. IBM only retired several employees last year, all of them were from the management ranks. And yes, everything you hear on the news RE execs robbing the place blind in the $millions is true.

    It's an IT company that's BSing it's way through new technologies - and most know it

    Advice to Management

    No advice to management that they would either care or heed. They're not here to support, grow, enhance or build the company. There are here to get rich and feed egos. Most don't know what Analytics even is until their staff of 40 briefed them. Same with Cloud. Their staff writes speeches for them, briefs them with new buzzwords, but still shallow and sharing one common trait - GREED

  3. Positive experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at IBM

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work-life balance and friendly co-workers

    Cons

    Too many levels of management. Some basic requests needs to be approved by top management which takes a longer approval/waiting time.

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  5. Helpful (4)

    CEO Rometty is leading a train wreck

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great colleagues once upon a time. Had global talent committed to the mission of the client, once upon a time

    Cons

    Bureaucracy of unimaginable proportions, mediocracy run amok and talent is ignored

    Advice to Management

    Cut the VP's, GM's and Directors to 33% of what they are now

  6. Senior SAP MM Consultant ( SAP MM , IS RETAIL , MDM )

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior SAP MM Consultant in Concord, CA
    Current Employee - Senior SAP MM Consultant in Concord, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility , Transparency , good HR policies , Good Work life balance.

    Cons

    Slow career growth , compensation is almost static , can not expand area of work

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to career growth as well.

  7. Smart people, world class R&D and technology, high bureaucracy due to massive company size and pockets of silos

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Industry Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Industry Executive in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, personal growth opportunities abound, corporate branding is world wide and recognized

    Cons

    Leadership is powerless due to the massive size, limited funds for internal initiatives unless a client pays

    Advice to Management

    Return to corporate values that Big Blue is known for as the current model is slow, non-progressive and filled with lack of empowerment even at the execute and VP levels.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Little value to employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at IBM

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The travel can be fun at times.

    Cons

    The pay did not reflect the work.

    Advice to Management

    take more time for employee benifits.

  9. Sr. Storage Consultant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The backing of a world class company, opportunity to work anywhere in the world, Great 401k plan

    Cons

    1st line managers restricted in ability to give personnel ratings that they deserve (Upper Management dictates the number of above avg ratings allowed), Bonuses are dictated by how the company performed, not for individual or Business Unit performed, required to pay for all home office supplies and communication from personal finances

    Advice to Management

    Start rewarding the people who do the work and sacrifice time away from their families, you will find we will work even harder if we feel apprecaiated

  10. Helpful (3)

    Cluster F

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Sales, Software Group in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Field Sales, Software Group in San Francisco, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    best reasons: room for unqualified advancement due to high attrition

    Cons

    No executive leadership. Incompetent CEO who is nearly invisible to customers, the public, and the employees. She's like the Obama of IBM - under qualified, no ability to call shots or strategy then execute, and generally disconnected from having any direction for predictability / steering. Uncertainty all the time, annual re-orgs, rotations, reassignments.

    Advice to Management

    Replace yourselves with competent people.

  11. Helpful (3)

    IBM Armonk is filled with kleptocrats

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Sales Leader in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Sales Leader in San Francisco, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Still a lot of great people are trying to do good work for their customers, their employees, and for IBM. They're holding out for IBM to return to the type of leadership that made it great in the past. Some of the products are world-class and haven't been too damaged yet by the cycle of corner- and cost-cutting that's taken place since 2008.

    Cons

    IBM HQ in Armonk continues to focus on EPS and shareholder value to the exclusion of all else. Annual resource actions are a torpedo to innovation and morale. The only people with confidence in the leadership in Armonk are the sycophants in Armonk.

    Advice to Management

    Change your focus to include your customers, employees, and other stakeholders when setting budget priorities. Instead of firing people annually, encourage internal mobility to address changing business needs. Dump the rank-stacking PBC system which hurts the morale of employees as well as the managers who are forced to administer a specific ratio of PBC 3's. Give anyone who changes jobs internally immunity from PBC 3 ratings for a year.

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