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IBM Reviews in Sydney

Updated December 7, 2014
Updated December 7, 2014
12,324 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work from home 2 days/week if you have to commute over 45 minutes to the office (in 1347 reviews)

  • Work life balance ( Work from home) & wider opportunity if you have good network (in 1315 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life/balance depends entirely on the management of your individual projects (in 423 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 214 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Best Company, The Best People.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Quality Assurance Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Quality Assurance Engineer in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    When you join IBM you are an IBMer for life. There are so many talented, intelligent, innovative people working side by side with you every day that you are inspired to be the best you can be.
    Work/life balance is extremely important as are the happiness, satisfaction and safety of all staff.
    All new ideas, no matter if they come from the mailroom or the executive board are treated with the consideration and enthusiasm.

    Cons

    I really have no negatives to report at all. If I hadn't needed to move away I would have happily been an IBM lifer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on keeping on!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Internship

    Current Employee - Intern in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Intern in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at IBM as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Many fellow interns and people to share drinks with.

    Cons

    Difficulty with managing expectations, depending on division there is either too much or too little work for the interns to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please give training to teams for how to treat interns, and give the teams an insight into the incentives as well as the difficulty in working full time prior to graduation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good People, Management lack of Vision

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible Work Arrangements, Good People, Ability to move inside IBM fairly easily

    Cons

    Overly centralised control of Strategy, too much red-tape, overly focussed on Process rather than results

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow the technical People to make the technical decisions, and let Management focus on Managing

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    globe trotting with ibm

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Sydney (Australia)

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

    Pros

    hotels, travel, IP, training, tier 1 clients

    Cons

    everyone has grey hair, a company of old men

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    culture needs revamp

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Inside Sales Representative

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Will learn all product, software and services offering.

    Cons

    At some time you will feel bored due to non-personal and face-to-face engagement with the clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is good that management advised the Inside Sales Reps about the job coverage and expectation. It might be better to shorten the training period and move reps to other roles after 6 months.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Good company to work for.

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible work options are the best on the market, really great for people with kids.
    Great company with great vision and lots of talented people.
    1 year of IBM goes for about 3 years working for some internal IT department somewhere else in my opinion.

    Cons

    Your manager almost does not have a say in your salary reviews

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make IBM more personal, connect to your people, let the line managers more freedom and budget to show appreciation to the people that earn money for IBM.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Former Finance Analyst - Sydney

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Big brand name on the CV which helped me in getting to my senior position now otherwise nothing else!

    Cons

    - Lack of career progression - lack of development and training invested in staff other than to throw people in the deep end
    - Politics
    - Team leaders takes credit for the their subordinates hard work - lack of transparency in measuring staff's performance and hence inability to reward staff (bonus is a few hundred dollars max)
    - bottom line profit is a priority to this company rather than their own employees - this is evident through their extreme cost cutting measures such as removing tea and coffee from the kitchens. Cost cutting seems to be the main solution rather than growth
    - People - due to the long length of service of many of the employees - there is a culture of not being open to change. This is due to the lack of investment in the development of staff as noted above
    - graduate program is a joke - lack of rotation and graduates are pigeon holed into a role
    - lack of consistency in models and methods used by various staff in the same role/job title
    - unwritten/unspoken expectation to work from home/offsite when employee is sick or on leave
    - lack of work life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your people. Cost cutting is also not the solution to your woes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    It was a brilliant organisation to work for.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Solutions Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Technical Solutions Manager in Sydney (Australia)

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

    Pros

    Management support was exemplary, the Executives were steering the company I a great direction.

    Cons

    They have totally lost the plot. No longer a company which cares about their employees, no direction, no leadership, no concept of delivering value to their clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get back to a model based on Mr Gerstner, not Sam or Ginny, they have led the company on a path to disaster.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    A once great company caved in to Shareholders' greed

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

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

    Pros

    Really good people to work with, only if any of the nice and smart people still left after the multiple wave of culling in Australia and offshoring the jobs. Good experience and the work load would have produced many long endurance multi-tasking super employees that other companies might see as value added asset.

    Cons

    Hardly any pay rise for last few years to keep up with inflation. Not paid enough for the high stress, long hours and week end work to satisfy the executive demands and "help " from the global team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shareholders can dump their shares and run with the gain anytime, they have no interest on the long term prospect of this company.
    Start putting the client first, treasure and reward your hardworking employees, many had loyally fulfilling the call of duty at the expense of family life,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    IBM Australia

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

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

    Pros

    Was one of the best places to work prior to 2015 Roadmap being drawn up. Some truly fantastic people in the organization and ability to grow within company. Flexibility around working from home is a great plus as well.

    Cons

    2015 Roadmap and very poor management in Australia. Inability to provide any form of leadership and no sense of ownership. Lack of vision coupled with inability to communicate. Very, very much an old boys club living on past glories. To many incompetent mangers shielding poor performing 'mates'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to start treating employees like human beings. Continually manipulating the compensation plan and removing perks does very little for staff moral.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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