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Updated August 30, 2015
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  1. IBM Kenexa - If you want to develop your career, work here.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiter in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Recruiter in London, England (UK)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    I have worked here for nearly 18 months and have developed my skills and career more here than with any other company. IBM and in particular Kenexa give you the tools to develop your career in a way you want to, giving huge autonomy and thus allowing creativity within your own work. You are thoroughly encouraged to develop your own style that is successful to you, your team, and the client.

    Cons

    You can be given a huge amount of responsibility, some individuals see this as a negative aspect, however others will run with the opportunity to progress their career.


  2. Smarter Workforce

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Partner in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Client Partner in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big name reputation; Huge vision and ambition; Exciting transformation; Integrity in leading on doing what we say our customers should do (Bring Your Own Device, Social & Mobile Collaboration, Analytics just some examples)

    Cons

    Crushing processes; Unrealistic targets; Tactical, month by month and even week by week focus on numbers at expense of strategic planning; A slow-moving behemoth

    Advice to Management

    Set everyone up for success - not failure


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    Feedback on IBM

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    1) Great place to work for a new graduate, junior or in lower middle management staff 2) Great access to vast intellectual capital and talent 3) Rapid growth possible with the right sponsors and not mentors behind an individual which they have to identify for themselves.

    Cons

    1) It's not such a good place for upper middle management and seasoned professionals: - Bullying is a massive issue - Intimidation of staff is another massive issue {NB. HR does not focus on protecting the staff. It's focus is on protecting the company. Note also that IBM is not a Unionized company so there is no place to go when a member of staff needs support} 2) No value or loyalty towards hard working staff 3) Glass ceiling for women and minority races {NB. The token gestures of doing the right things by women and minority races are all North American centered. European women or minority races professionals, rarely progress through the ranks however talented}


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  5. IBM GBS UK

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - GBS Programmer Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - GBS Programmer Manager in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Quality customers and engagements Reasonably clear career path Fairly good processes

    Cons

    Whoever you are you are just a small cog in a very large gearbox. Expense payments process is awful and designed to take as long as possible to refund employees Complex matrix management means often many people chasing same thing.

    Advice to Management

    Make the expense process fairer, quicker and simpler. The current policy is shameful for such a large organisation.


  6. Working in IBM

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People you work with are very good

    Cons

    Management ain't what it used to be

    Advice to Management

    reward employees


  7. Programme Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Great company, with great technology. A lot of talent spread within the company all over the world.

    Cons

    Constant pressure over costs and offshoring work makes difficult to motivate teams.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on making the products more inspirational.


  8. Corporate giant

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits package, talented colleagues, good training available

    Cons

    Large corporate with no heart/centre, admin heavy/bureaucratic, very poor internal tools - old-fashioned, not fit for purpose

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on people (they are not just resources)


  9. good company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good career opportunities and personal development opportunities

    Cons

    very large company , bureaucracy


  10. software engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Hursley, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Hursley, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Some great and talented people.

    Cons

    Poor systems, procedures, balkanised into too many battling business units, career development will only happen if you are connected to the right people.

    Advice to Management

    Even though its risky, you must push back on some things.


  11. DB2 Admin Analyst

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Analyst
    Former Employee - Technical Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Work from Home, relaxed atmosphere

    Cons

    Team worked from home 4 days a week, Low Pay



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