IBM Reviews

Updated July 29, 2015
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Pros
  • You can work from home or office (when you are in town) (in 1347 reviews)

  • Depending on projects - excellent work-life balance (in 1315 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is basically non existent (in 423 reviews)

  • Senior management has lost it's sense of what the corporate mission is (in 214 reviews)

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  1. Interesting work - lots of opportunity

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Working with a lot of smart people, and kept abreast of new technology

    Cons

    Can't think of any - happiness at your job is what you make of it

    Advice to Management

    there's quite a hierarchy here..could probably do with less layers of management


  2. Great Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA

    I have been working at IBM

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to make your mark and acquire lots of experience. A lot of talented folks across disciplines but after a few years, the bureaucracy and the administrative requirements start to wear on you.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy seems to be the order in most cases. You also could feel stuck in positions doing jobs that are totally beneath you with no prospect of getting out of it in the name of being billable.

    Advice to Management

    Change compensatiion and advancement process. Too subjective and come across as who you know rather than the work you have done.


  3. Sales Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Silver Spring, MD

    I worked at IBM (More than a year)

    Pros

    IBM is one of the most globally recognized companies and employment there carries a degree of status and credibility. Despite being a large company, working teams are small. Areas of IBM are incredibly innovative and cutting edge.

    Cons

    If you do not aggressively negotiate the salary you want as part of the interview process, you are pretty much stuck. Getting respectable raises is nearly impossible. It is difficult to figure out the "culture" of IBM. So many small companies are acquired and absorbed into the organization, it is hard to see cohesion and really understand the corporate identity.


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  5. Decent Job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

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

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

    Pros

    Travel, interesting assignments, rotating assignments, reasonable hours

    Cons

    Travel, potential long hours, minimal feedback, low performance to promotion correlation

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on your top performers -- allow them to move up. Force out bottom performers. More communication between BPM's and employees


  6. Good benefits

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Information Security Analyst in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Information Security Analyst in Ashburn, VA

    I have been working at IBM

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

    Pros

    Interesting work and the company has a lot of reach

    Cons

    Big organization with red tape


  7. Great Opportunity

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Product Sales Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Intern - Product Sales Specialist in Washington, DC

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

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

    Pros

    You meet a lot of people who are working in the same capacity as you but you also get to appreciate the diversity in backgrounds and interests,

    Cons

    There is a lot of company jargon, so you always have to be on your toes and listen closely to what goes around.

    Advice to Management

    I think that a lot of what makes working at IBM tricky is simply the colloquialisms and jargon that get circulated throughout the office, just reinforcing their meaning to interns would be helpful.


  8. Great Company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Herndon, VA

    I have been working at IBM

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

    Pros

    1. Everyone is readily available to work with you 2. There is a lot of areas to diversify into 3. Managers are really helpful and listen 4. Co-workers are co-operative 5. Lots of interesting and fascinating technology at your disposal to work with 6. Absolute best place to work

    Cons

    No cons found for now

    Advice to Management

    Management is doing a wonderful job to make the work environment better. They should keep listening to their subs.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Not the best, but not the worst for hardware engineers.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Service Representative in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Systems Service Representative in Ashburn, VA

    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

    Gas mileage reimbursement makes a nice bonus to base pay.

    Cons

    They're cheap. They want to pay less than average. Expect you to work overtime or commission to make any real money. HR is outsourced to India and most functions to run the company are very impersonal.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees like real people, instead of blue collar factory workers.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Financial Consultant

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Work from home options pending client

    Cons

    No structured training process for career growth.

    Advice to Management

    Be more proactive in your associates career path


  11. IBM Review

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Management Consultant in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Management Consultant in Herndon, VA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    IBM is a great place to work: Challenging work, smart people, good compensation packages. Also, management requires constant coursework and training.

    Cons

    IBM is a bit hampered by its size. Because it is so large, IBM operates in a bureaucratic manner to maintain operational effectiveness. Ironically, this operational efficacy of IBM's makes it tougher to make quick decisions. Decisions are always slow in coming but extremely sound once made.

    Advice to Management

    Decentralize decision-making as much as is practicable. For example, IBM requires staff to volunteer in the community. Though I raised $50,000 for a local federal agency community organization my manager discounted this effort because the activity was not "IBM sanctioned" in his view.



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