IBM Reviews

Updated April 14, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    GBS on a decline

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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!

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

  3. Helpful (2)

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Unethical behaviour of Management Team.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

  6. IBM has gone downhill fast in the last decade. So impersonal and no care for employees.

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

    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

    None any more. The management structure needs to change. Pay has stagnated for most IBMers, and you're forced into 40 hours training per year i.e. watching mindless videos of execs talking about Cloud.

    Cons

    You're just a number. Mass firings and dodgy PBC3s given out to avoid paying redundancy packages. Then the top exec gets multi million dollar pay rise and bonus! Corrupt unconscionable behavior.

    Advice to Management

    Give the top execs a PBC3! Sack corrupt and ineffective top management, not loyal hard workers. Stop fixating on share price and focus on your people.

  7. Helpful (2)

    The Best Company, The Best People.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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)

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

    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 Management

    Keep on keeping on!

  8. Internship

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

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

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

    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 Management

    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.

  9. Good People, Management lack of Vision

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  10. globe trotting with ibm

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

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

    Pros

    hotels, travel, IP, training, tier 1 clients

    Cons

    everyone has grey hair, a company of old men

    Advice to Management

    culture needs revamp

  11. Inside Sales Representative

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

    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.

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