IBM Reviews

Updated January 7, 2015
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  1. Turning the corner to lead with innovation again

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Solutions Sales in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Solutions Sales in Tampa, FL

    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

    Enormous reach, rich talent pool and strong brand
    Focus is slowly turning back to Innovation and being essential to clients
    Competitive sales environment with generous benefits
    Strong culture of ethics and strict controls

    Cons

    Too much attention to shareholders at the expense of employees and maybe even clients
    Work-life-balance can be very challenging, specially for consultants in GBS
    Employee morale issues is GBS and STG
    Matrix organization is very hard to work with
    New employees get lost in the maze .. enablement needs to be better

    Advice to Management

    Best companies find the right balance between client, shareholder and employees
    Take a cue from your largest investor .. Warren Buffet .. strong leadership, defined purpose, motivated employees make for an enduring enterprise that creates value over the long term

  2. Good entry-level position wore many hats as a technical consultant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Tampa, FL

    I worked at IBM

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

    Pros

    Ability to work on some interesting projects

    Cons

    Many different job roles and assignments impede focus on an expertise

    Advice to Management

    Fit skills, potential, and interest better with the job or task order

  3. Good Company, not highest pay

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Online Commerce Consultant in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Online Commerce Consultant in Tampa, FL

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

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

    Pros

    IBM is a great company, that provides top corporate benefits. Very flexible with work/life balance, vacation, etc. Working here will give you exposure to top solutions and innovations in industry

    Cons

    Typically the pay scale/earning potential is lower here compared to smaller technology companies. In addition, this environment creates complacency with the employee. If they don't believe they will be rewarded then why go the extra mile. In addition, large company that is changing direction in changing industry means regular resource actions resulting in many lay-offs. Lay-offs happen that are not always based on Job Performance

    Advice to Management

    Keep in touch with the employees concerns. Change pay structure to be more aggressive even if it means reducing the employee benefits.

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  5. Wonderful place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Tampa, FL

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

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

    Pros

    Numerous career paths from which to choose. Excellent opportunities for career growth or even a career change and still remain with the company. They have very diverse workforce. They also believe in equal pay for equal work, regardless of race, sex, religion or sexual orientation.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy! Too many layers of management. This tends to create a bubble up effect, when an issue arises at the staff level, by time the executives are engage they are told everything is under control. Meanwhile the fire rages out of control. Because of this, most executives seem out of touch with the teams on the front lines. The executives always tend to get low ratings on the employee surveys.

    Also, work / life balance doesn't really exist. Most people that want to advance in their career are working 65+ hours per week.

    Advice to Management

    Come down from your perch and meet with low level staff. Listen to your employees on the front line. Implement their suggestions.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Elephant stopped dancing again

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL

    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

    Research Labs and the history

    Cons

    Rest..chaos, top heavy, slow to respond to market, muzzle employee, inflexible

    Advice to Management

    Before you can win customers, you got to have happy, satisfied and driven employees. IBM is not seen as a family where people commit but a place were people have got lost. Company is fighting a battle of survival and EPS and in process losing employee and customer trust. Not sure how long you can survive serving stock markets.

  7. Helpful (2)

    Great company story that works its consulting business resources to the bone

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Partner in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Associate Partner in Tampa, FL

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great history, plenty of variety, truly embraces remote workers, decent pay (not for the sacrifice)

    Cons

    Oversells and under-delivers leaving teams too small to get the job done leading to over-worked and stressed teams. No ability to live in apartments while working in other cities. No ability to temporarily relocate. Training and vacation time work against you as your billable time is what matters the most to IBM (not the people)

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your people and less on the bottom line. Good people will continue to leave and revenue will be a challenge with lesser teams

  8. Managers of everything, masters at few

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Level 10 Software Consultant in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Level 10 Software Consultant in Tampa, FL

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

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

    Pros

    For some reason still have strong market presence, name recognition

    Cons

    Solutions are average, reporting structure very weak, over-managed, over-regulated, and poor benefits package. Too may re-orgs every 4 months, can't seem to get organized with a plan. A totally micro-managed company.

    Advice to Management

    Put in managers that can inspire their team, and aren't just paper pushers. Don't promote from within just because someone is breathing.

  9. Excellent place to earn rewards for performance.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Tampa, FL

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

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

    Pros

    High calibre employees, good rewards for individual achievement, solid education opportunities.

    Cons

    Sometimes short-sighted with talent retention.

    Advice to Management

    Keep talented people and find places for them.

  10. Overall, it was a good experience, but frequent. quarterly layoffs, termed "Resource Actions" by IBM, made it stressful.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Tampa, FL

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

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

    Pros

    Good salary, work at home option, schedule flexibility, educational opportunities, and opportunities to change career focus.

    Cons

    Lack of job security, especially with a large focus on outsourcing jobs overseas. Frequent reorganizations and management changes. Very low or no raises, even for top performers.

    Advice to Management

    Stop focusing solely on quarterly reports and performing "Resource Actions" against top performers.

  11. Great benefits but not a place a great place to grow.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Tampa, FL

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits are awesome! Salary is very competitive as well.

    Cons

    Not a lot of mentoring. Very much a on your own mentality. Very competitive. It is so big, very easy to get lost and not be noticed.

    Advice to Management

    Notice and spend time people you manage.

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