IBM Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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  1. Helpful (5)

    Get the name (if you need it ) and head out

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

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great group of professionals to work with and for

    Cons

    - Forget about your life - your utilization targets are 110% ... not sure if that is even legal
    - When your executives are not closing deals, you get bad ratings which means no salary increases and no bonus ... even though you could be working around the clock
    - When you executives are closing deals, you barely get any meaningful bonus because you are delivery guy (or what they started calling it past couple of weeks client service professional)

    Advice to Management

    Everyone including our first line managers are under a lot of pressure for unrealistic utilization targets driving morality and loyalty for many of employees down,


  2. Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Gaithersburg, MD

    I worked at IBM (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Numerous opportunities to continue to learn both through formal training courses as well as job experience. Exposure to large scale projects and foundational knowledge that can be carried throughout a career.

    Cons

    Large corporation that makes you feel like a number at times. Very difficult to move within the company as it is very BU focused.

    Advice to Management

    Facilitate and enable more cross BU interaction, which would allow for less attrition.


  3. IBM review

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

    I have been working at IBM

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    IBM is a great place to start your career. It provides a lot of opportunities to learn what you would be interested in.

    Cons

    Due to its size, it's difficult to feel like you are valuable as an individual


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  5. Health sector

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - BDE In Healthcare in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - BDE In Healthcare in Arlington, VA

    I worked at IBM

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

    Pros

    IBM is great to work for. It offers many opportunities which can sometimes be overwhelming and thus it is great to have a good boss who will support you during the steps. Tou are encouraged to exceed and participate in as many opportunities you can grasp, as long as you keep a high performance score.

    Cons

    Your bosses, as it is a matrix management, can be all over the place globally, so lots of conference calls can include calls outside of your working hours.

    Advice to Management

    Communication is the secret and support to get deadlines. Some of the processes can be overwhelming with little support from Management.


  6. Helpful (3)

    not recommended

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA

    I worked at IBM

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    cant think of any at all

    Cons

    Middle management runs on deception and lies and gets away with it every time.


  7. Helpful (2)

    unfair performance reviews, underpaid

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great resume builder to work for a company as big and well known as IBM. Great healthcare benefits for full time employees. As an employee you get a lot of discounts from various companies.

    Cons

    Because of the size of the company it's extremely hard to get recognized for good work. Pay raises ate based on a ranking system that is unfair. I say this because senior management tells your direct manager how many people they can select for each ranking. 1 is the best 4 is the worst, only 10% of staff can be a 1, 10% can be a 2, the 80% left need to be 2's and 3's. Only people with 1's get a raise.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize people for there hard work. Get rid of this unfair ranking system or don't tell managers how many people in there staff can be each ranking. Increase pay to keep experienced employees.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Sales Director

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Director in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Sales Director in Reston, VA

    I worked at IBM

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Cutting edge technology. Fast paced.

    Cons

    90% of the people are great. The other 10% are corporate vipers. Not a healthy environment. Not your fathers/mothers IBM of 30 years back. The management can be brutal. Unrealistic expectation.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like you would like to be treated.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Mandatory retirement

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Rockville, MD

    I worked at IBM (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good opportunity if you're young and talented and keep up with technology

    Cons

    Business operations people last the longest. Technically strong employees cost too much so there is a wall we all hit just a bit too early.

    Advice to Management

    Sell


  10. Helpful (2)

    Promotion process is worse than senate confirmation!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Architect in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - IT Architect in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of well-educated, experienced colleagues. A good company to put on your resume and move on.

    Cons

    Promotion process is very bureaucratic. Average years to be promoted is 8 years if you are lucky. A lengthy process followed by board review makes the promotion process lengthier than senate confirmation!

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to be nimbler in promotion and rewards. Do something for employee morale. use Watson


  11. Helpful (2)

    IBM is fine, nothing more

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

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Brand name.
    Make it easy to work remotely / from home

    Cons

    Administrative burden can be ridiculous
    Terrible people management structure
    very difficult to get recongnized for good work if work doesn't involve sales



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