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Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
12,337 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. 3 people found this helpful  

    A good company with great people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Director in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Program Director in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to have many careers within one company. Work with very smart and talented co-workers. Great history of contribution

    Cons

    Leadership forced to put too much focus on financial results from quarter to quarter. Excellent people are laid off when they could be redeployed within the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Regain your respect for the individual

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Network Architect

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Network Architect in Glenn Heights, TX
    Former Employee - Network Architect in Glenn Heights, TX

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Contract transistion end on the two I particpated in.

    Cons

    None that I see, I see that I can come in an be asset right away based of job description

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work Life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A lifetime of opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    The depth of experience, personal support, and learning opportunities you have available is substantial. Your ability to influence where you take your career within IBM, is very real and enabling. You have the insights of a well experienced team and through internal options you can collaborate around the globe on ideas and projects.

    Cons

    Large organizations often get more difficult for targeting rapid change, based on the culture. This is no different at IBM, but it has changed momentum significantly over the last several years, picking up speed in each passing month.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become advocates as change agents at all levels. This is happening, just not fast enough in some areas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Working Environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Product Designer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Product Designer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Work/ Personal life balance
    Focus on education
    Great people
    Fun working enviornment

    Cons

    Sometimes there are "too many cooks in the kitchen" when working on projects

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Big Blue and lots of Red Tape!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Global Marketing in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Global Marketing in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    IBM does allow many people to work from home and this cuts down on the stress of traffic and enhances time with your family. Additionally, your peers are some of the most highly respected professionals in their area and it is easy to learn from them. IBM is a big brand name and that power opens doors into B2B clients and business partners.

    Cons

    Higher management acts as if there hair is on fire and that you need to put it out! There is actually screaming in some business meetings as we are trying gain a common road. Decisions that are made at one meeting are undone at the next and you never know what decision to follow - makes it hard to "get it right".

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Pleasant environment but too mundane.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Houston, TX

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Area was very nice. Management was wonderful, great people.

    Cons

    Office was very run down and dull. Compensation was mediocre.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Speak up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Intern Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Intern in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Intern in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Work is challenging and interesting. The mentoring program is very beneficial. I learned a lot from shadowing my mentor. As far as intern compensation goes IBM offers competitive pay.

    Cons

    No office culture. I can go a whole day without seeing or talking to anyone.
    My manager rarely reaches out to interns, my mentor was more like a manager

    Recommends
  9.  

    Employees are well cared for, but the organizational structure of the company is a disaster.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Designer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Designer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at IBM full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are solid, lots of vacation, good insurance, and I'm working with an extremely talented team.

    Cons

    The org structure prevents real work for getting done and there's constant pressure to help the company as it struggles. Despite promises and going above and beyond for my group, I've been blocked from promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There has to be more buy in from mid level secs for design thinking, or products are going to continue to fail. Give your employees a chance to grow a little in their careers instead of treating them like replaceable cogs.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    If you want to learn, travel the world and get paid to do it, start your career at IBM.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Over the past 3 years I've had 3 different jobs at IBM. Each with it's own unique challenges and opportunities. The best part about the experience- the people. IBM attracts some of the smartest people on earth and it's a great privileged to work with and learn from them. Second best part is the work life balance. I work from home, as such I have a lot of flexibility to get out for a walk at lunch time or run an errand in the afternoon without it impacting my day negatively.

    Cons

    Management is hit and miss. We have some amazing managers who execute flawlessly, but at the expense of their employees. Employees get frustrated and either put up with managers who degrade, insult, and overall infuriate them or they leave. A 360 review process that enables employees to review managers would solve this. Some people just weren't meant to manage people- and that's okay, let's just move them into roles where they can continue impacting the business positively and give there people to better managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's time to "Restlessly Reinvent" of our compensation structure.Why is it that I do the same job as my colleagues and return equal or better outcomes and yet am compensated so much lower (20-30% as per Glassdoor) just because I've been here 2 years instead of 10+. Stop compensating people for the "length of time" they've been at the company. I take on projects that go above and beyond and deliver and yet still am not being fairly compensated. Compensation should be normalized for performance / outcomes, not for time you survive the company. Just my .02. If you're a manager it should be tied to both a review by your manager and by your employees. As another reviewer said, let's trim some of the dead wood and elevate those who both perform and manage their people well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Intern in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Wonderful training program, caring mentors and management
    Overall and awesome experience and would do it all over again

    Cons

    So much red tape and bureaucracy, need more women in upper management, need better transparency with employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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