IBM
3.2 of 5 10,993 reviews
www.ibm.com Armonk, NY 5000+ Employees

IBM Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated Jul 5, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

2.9 372 reviews

                             

62% Approve of the CEO

IBM CEO Virginia Rometty

Virginia Rometty

(100 ratings)

48% of employees recommend this company to a friend
372 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews
Relevance Date Rating
in
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           

     

    Good company with good morales

    Test Lead (Current Employee)
    Clapham, London, England (UK)

    ProsGood experiences and good learning outcomes in a short amount of time

    ConsToo much work at times

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing your job!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • No Opinion of CEO

     

    Experience at IBM has been rewarding and insightful

    Sales Assist (Current Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsFlexible working and lots of learning/development opportunities

    ConsCan be very bureaucratic. If you have a difficult manager, it can be tough to work for them. The focus on EPS has led IBM down a transformation path that is difficult for employees to recover from.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on Employee satisfaction and be less "corporate".

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           

     

    Learning is a continuous process

    Server Systems Operator - Database Administrator (Current Employee)

    ProsYou learn and get better as you go. No one expects you to be a Batman but show some enthusiasm of Robin. Renumeration is quite juicy too.

    ConsCompliance stifles timelines. Recent mass sacking led to quite a lot of staffs voluntarily resigning as it killed morale for a lot.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNigeria is a growth market. So many companies are tapping into it. Management should give staffs a tension free environment to work in or else productivity will be affected.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
  • We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Approves of CEO

     

    Great

    Senior Managing Consultant (Current Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsGet to do Great projects

    ConsIBM has very Bureaucratic processes

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove processes

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Disapproves of CEO

     

    Iconic company in a downward spiral driven by short term thinking and overemphasis on cost cutting

    Associate Partner (Current Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsStrong brand name, smart coworkers, interesting work, flexible working arrangements (in some roles, primarily internal roles rather than consulting).

    ConsThe company is under pressure and the response has been excessive focus on cost rather than growing revenue. This is driven by a need to meet quarterly figures and has jeopardised the long term health of the company. Years of meeting figures through underinvestment, travel bans, cutting employee compensation (especially through lack of or minuscule bonuses and decreased benefits), cancelling training, moving jobs to India, etc. have put the company in a poor position to compete. Extreme miserliness has destroyed morale. This is a company that has removed all office supplies and cut the janitorial staff so much that rat traps are now required to control a vermin problem. Span of control is so large that career development and coaching is pretty much non existent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo what you know needs to be done and take the short term hit to earnings before it is too late. Think of your long term legacy and protect a great brand.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • No Opinion of CEO

    2 people found this helpful  

    Opportunities, even now when IBM is struggling to find its way

    Senior IT Architect (Current Employee)

    ProsHuge reach means that there's lots of interesting work (if you push yourself to find it). High quality of people in project teams and (on the whole) a genuine culture of respecting the individual. IBM can be great if you find the right people (IBMers and clients) to work with and awful if you don't.

    ConsOver-reliance on cost cutting has over many years taken its toll. Important things are done on a shoe string. The staff appraisal system is dishonest, simplistic and counter-productive. Everyone sees it as a way just to bring costs down without regard for contribution. It has nothing to do with client success. Put simply, non-executive employees don't share in the success of the company at all. Every year the appraisal system produces angry colleagues who either leave suddenly, or who spread disenchantment and fear. The long term effects of this will undermine the pros listed above.

    Working on projects with off-shored resources is usually awful. There's a massive disconnect between teams in India and clients in Europe. You have to compensate for the flaws in off-shore teams (apparently thrown together at random) with additional effort and even then it's usually not enough. Almost everyone I have worked with from India wants to leave, and it shows.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe honest with yourselves and us, too much of what's happening now in the name of the 2015 roadmap is harmful. Long-term cost cutting is a brake on innovation, agility and integrity. It's not an adequate solution and you're living on borrowed time.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • No Opinion of CEO

     

    Interesting very varied role involving problem solving and hands-on technical development and installation.

    Systems Architect (Current Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsThe job role always gives an opportunity to learn new skills.

    ConsThere is very little career development - more interest from management in making numbers!

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore one-to-one reviews built into the Calendar... need to show some sign that they care for their employees!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • No Opinion of CEO

     

    It all depends about your immediate manager and team

    Penetration Tester (Current Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsSalary increase every year, Also chance to get more money through different programs/bonuses.

    ConsToo much levels of approvals (especially if past year was bad) even for simple things.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLevels of approvals does not guarantee cost saving.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           

     

    Good company Name - being ruined from the inside out

    Service Manager (Former Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsGood team spirit, ability to work at home , you get involved in leading edge technology and people

    ConsSenior management are very much detached from the people on the ground. The sense of resources not people is prevelent. Compensation for Market rate work is poor.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPeople are not resources, treat them with humility and care. Stop thinking of the share value short term and think long term for the business. People are the business, people is what makes IBM so special not the constant bottom line being trimmed to the point of people breaking

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • No Opinion of CEO

     

    Opportunity for big growth in the people business, but restricted to over specialised work and a segmented business

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    Pros- Best practise leaders in behavioural assessment
    - Opportunity for high profile project responsibilities
    - Learning specialist skills and sharing work knowledge

    Cons- Culture is heavily biased to academic background and work styles; hard if your profile does not fit
    - Terrible quality of provided equipment, very poor IT applications and poor IT help and support (ironically!)
    - Faked people approach as a stated busienss value; all fluff and gimmicks, no real care
    - Poor level of management capability and employee support
    - Too much time wasted through heavily bureaucratic working processes

    Advice to Senior Management- Focus on the people management effectiveness of your people leaders, develop the managers to be able to coach, develop, inspire their people. There are rare exceptions to this.
    - With so many legacy businesses being incorporated, the personal and hidden agends causes alot of mis-trust
    - Dont make it so hard to work! get better equipment, replace the overly onerous work tracking processes, get business areas to work together and not compete or ignore each other

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
RSS Feed Embed

Worked for IBM? Contribute to the Community!

IBM Videos

Loading...

IBM – Why Work for Us?

Join us. Where forward-thinking IBMers are inspired to build a smarter planet. Be an innovator Whether you're fresh out of college, or an experienced professional, IBM is a company where you can cultivate your… Full Overview

Provided by employer [?]

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.

Glassdoor is your free inside look at IBM reviews and ratings in United Kingdom — including employee satisfaction and approval rating for IBM CEO Virginia Rometty. All 372 reviews posted anonymously by IBM employees.