IBM Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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Pros
  • You can work from home or office (when you are in town) (in 1347 reviews)

  • Depending on projects - excellent work-life balance (in 1315 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is basically non existent (in 423 reviews)

  • Senior management has lost it's sense of what the corporate mission is (in 214 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work with some serious shortcomings

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in Sydney (Australia)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work flexibility. The ability to travel overseas and interstate. Lots of money being invested in technology.

    Cons

    Archaic internal processes, no logic what so ever. Promotions and jobs given to friends who have absolutely no qualifications. Office politics is rampant.

    Advice to Management

    Hire best people for the job and be proactive and promote people before they leave.


  2. A company does not have Xmas party

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sydney (Australia)

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

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

    Pros

    Nice people, but few stays. It is still stable and flexible. A lot of good partners like Apple. Do not push hard for the outcomes.

    Cons

    It's no longer the company 10 years ago. The company does not care what employees think and just mind the stock price.

    Advice to Management

    People, quality people is more important than anything else.


  3. Helpful (1)

    GBS Consultant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Advisory IT Specialist in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Advisory IT Specialist in Sydney (Australia)

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

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people to work with, great processes.

    Cons

    Hard to progress career based on the artificial and unnecessary 'hoops' that are required such as the CareerSmart framework in GBS that requires you to heavily document your achievements.

    Advice to Management

    Review the performance evaluation system.


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  5. Company Transformation

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Project Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Executive Project Manager in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at IBM (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It needed to be done as customers have stopped listening.

    Cons

    Too many people being left behind in the core services group. Management trying hard to offer staff re-training, but the uptake of the new services by clients is not fast enough to ensure wide participation across all service lines and all geographies.


  6. Working at IBM

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Client Leader in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Software Client Leader in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at IBM (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, Good solutions especially new acquisitions.

    Cons

    IBM is struggling to transform itself to bring the various business units around the new CAMSS (Cloud, Analytics, Mobile, Social, Security) focus. Changes get announced at the top (in the US) and the various geographies try to play along at the middle management level and everyone else below is confused... Confusing place at this moment.


  7. Working at IBM

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Risk & Fraud Analytics Lead in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Risk & Fraud Analytics Lead in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at IBM (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Takes care of their staff

    Cons

    Have very complex internal processes


  8. Helpful (1)

    GBS on a decline

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at IBM (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to do different roles in the same company

    Cons

    Heavy on process. Late on saas.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck!


  9. Great potential, poor Leadership, poor execution, dated internal systems

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Highly skilled people large organisation Established processes

    Cons

    Stifling process Difficult to influence change

    Advice to Management

    Watch your Region leaders and behaviours, pay attention


  10. Helpful (2)

    Rapidly fell out of the "Great Place To Work" top 100 list in recent years due to drastic internal changes.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Sydney (Australia)

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible - Can work from home / Work-life balance Big name brand Large organisation, that offers the ability to move into new roles internally.

    Cons

    Employee morale has been low since the mass 2014 layoffs - Reduced faith in the company. Office is now all "hot desks" - meaning, no designated storage space for you to leave items in the office, no designated desk (first in best dressed), bring your own cup and take it back with you, no stationary cupboard, etc. Questionable CEO

    Advice to Management

    Revisit the company's core values from 10+ years ago, when teams operated like a single unit and not like battery hens.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Unethical behaviour of Management Team.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Executive in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Project Executive in Sydney (Australia)

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

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

    Pros

    Global Company potentially opportunities to work in a location in the region

    Cons

    Work Life Balance is Poor. And people are promoted to roles they are not sutiable for.

    Advice to Management

    Get Real



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