IBM Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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  1. Great Opportunity

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Product Sales Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Intern - Product Sales Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


  2. 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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Financial Consultant

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    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


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  5. 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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    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.


  6. Architect / DBA

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Frederick, MD
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Frederick, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    need to find different evaluation system. Bottom line is for share holders, quality of work makes the workers bees happy to make up the bottom line, Utilization should be a smaller piece of the overall eval to the most. Utilization totals equal slavery work, because your not working for family and enjoyment you are working for survival, so you can get a good rating. That cheapens the system and the employee ability

    Advice to Management

    Man in mirror test


  7. Benefits great but slow to give out training dollars

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are talented and gifted; a lot of projects to roll onto to try different roles/responsibilities. Work with a variety of people where you can learn from; people who've been with the company for 10+ years and those at least a year. Benefits are great - covers dental, medical, etc.

    Cons

    Depending on who you have as your manager and who he/she reports to, you may or may not get training dollars - you need to talk to the right people (mainly those higher in the chain) to get the training you need to get ahead for your own career development

    Advice to Management

    Please look out for those who joined the company and do not lie to them about your rating system - and how many 1s or 2+s you give out to your staffers.


  8. Helpful (2)

    IBM Tivoli Sales group

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Able to work remotely. Big name brand helps open sales doors.

    Cons

    Compensation dropped year after year based upon the calculations they kept changing on how sales personnel were compensated. No visibility into upper management or the decisions they make. Too much internal competition between organizations that are supposed to support each other. Dog eat dog environment.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck keeping quality people with your current policies and bad decision making.


  9. Helpful (2)

    IT Consultant

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive Compensation, Benefits, and Career Opportunities. Access to a plethora of training opportunities. Surrounded by extremely intelligent and experienced consultants.

    Cons

    Disconnected management, understaffing on projects is common, risk of being pigeon-holed into a service area that does not match your career goals.


  10. IBM Review

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Provide a competitive salary. Excellent health benefits. Super 401K with company match.

    Cons

    Not able to change job to another project easily. Don't live up to promises in regard to salary increases and profit sharing bonuses. Hard to get approval for necessary training to support client needs

    Advice to Management

    Deliver on promises made to incoming employees in regard to items referred to in the Cons section.


  11. Consultant

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Big Data Solution Architect in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Big Data Solution Architect in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good setup, friendly, knowledge sharing..

    Cons

    very big and need more interaction from top down



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