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IBM Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
12,333 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.  

    Techincal Consultant - graduate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Good training program
    support and help is provided

    Cons

    long working hours
    restrictions in terms of roles available, depending on your line of business

    Recommends
  2.  

    Large Company with a wide range of opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Investing a lot in the latest technologies - Cloud, Social, Mobile, Analytics
    Lots of interesting customers
    Opportunity to work with global teams
    Lots of very talented people in the company
    Good flexible working arrangements

    Cons

    Often have to work away from home during the week

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Worked as an intern in Human Resources at IBM.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    I liked the team I worked in and there was generally a nice atmosphere and approach to things.

    Cons

    I don't think I really had enough meaningful or useful work to be doing.

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  5.  

    So far so good

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    * Friendly people - in fact the people really make the company

    Cons

    * As an experienced hire you'd think they would have roles for you when you start - instead you have to go find roles yourself
    * Having to find roles that suit can be challenge - even when people tell you your skills are required
    * A lot of politics which are out of your control - how can you move forward with innovative ideas if your having to get things signed off by global

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Simple

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Architect in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Architect in Manchester, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great company,some of the most brilliant technical minds anywhere

    Cons

    Focus all on numbers and stock value

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People are key

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    sales > 5 years

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Client Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    legacy, 100 years, stability, work life balance, innovation, brand value, variety, impressive people, broad portfolio

    Cons

    complex, no urgency, bureaucratic, cost constraints, slow to adopt change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    steer from CAMSS, pay sales on strategic directives not legacy LOBs

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Lost sight of employees - too much focus on share price

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Wide range of opportunities across the whole spectrum

    Cons

    Too much focus on the share price

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to core values of 80s and 90s.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Up in the air

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Flexible and mobile working
    Mostly great people

    Cons

    Focus on cost cutting
    Draconian, knee jerk measures with very short term view
    Back office not respected

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If employees are happy, so also our clients.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Overall great company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    There are endless opportunities at IBM and you can forge the career you want if you are proactive and also good at networking. Generally I have only come across really nice people which makes it a great place to work.

    Cons

    Internal processes can be long and there are many of them as you would expect from a large company like IBM. It can be frustrating at times, for example the promotion process is very heavy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Friendly but huge

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Huge investment in your developing career, support from every possible angle if you are willing to put the effort in. I came in as a grad and was thrown in at the deep end in terms of work responsibility, but by using the IBM network of people I was able to learn on the job and develop my career.

    Cons

    Very process based company - owing mostly to its size. Therefore some things feel slightly archaic.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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