IBM Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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  1. Eh. Good benefits, but culture is hit or miss

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    This company offers great benefits

    Cons

    People can be ruthless and mean, unclear how to meet org objectives. Contract work often contradicts org policy.


  2. Working for IBM is great for career advancement and professional development

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Client Relationship Representative/Sales/Operations/Consultant in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Client Relationship Representative/Sales/Operations/Consultant in Dulles, VA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Enjoy the various career advancement and the outstanding professional development

    Cons

    Numerous cycles of lay offs

    Advice to Management

    Show more compassion to those who get laid off


  3. Helpful (3)

    IBM - Perspective after 4 years

    • 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

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

    Pros

    It's a very big sandbox and you can work with some amazing colleagues. You have access to a portfolio of powerful products.

    Cons

    In a financial crunch now. The matrix structure results in redundancy of effort. Losing talent for many years. Restructuring will continue for a while.

    Advice to Management

    Management knows what they need to do to attract and retain talent. Good managers are focused on making their numbers and don't have much latitude.


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  5. Consultant/Professional level, mid-career and journeyman, an overall positive experience.

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

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Brand identify, technology leader, innovator

    Cons

    None, none, none, none, none

    Advice to Management

    None, over 400k employees, idiotic and arrogant to apply my shortcoming or experience on the entire company.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Practice Executive

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

    I have been working at IBM (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Large number of areas to wok across the company.

    Cons

    Nepotism is rampant across the company, When layoffs come they circle the wagons

    Advice to Management

    Let the good employees surface based on perfomance


  7. Helpful (2)

    Mediocre - stingy company, but good co-workers

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

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible (depending on client) and pretty good work life balance relative to other firms. Boots on the ground staff are usually very good 80%+ of the time. Very project dependent. Some projects are great, others not so much. Middle management is hit or miss, but generally pretty good (bands 8-10).

    Cons

    However, senior management (aka management you never see) are not very good and disconnected from middle management. Middle management is not empowered and must try to play along with the changing games created by senior management. Senior management sets unrealistic targets / goals. Many policies are likely driven by IBM corporate, which have negative impacts on the consulting practice (GBS), which needs to operate fundamentally differently than a normal corporation. The company is super stingy. It seems as though IBM will do whatever it can to push costs onto the employee. Compared to other firms, it's gotten to the point of being a joke. It can be a challenge to get basic supplies and many staff are still forced to use archaic software such as word 2003. (I believe they may be starting to upgrade Word 2003 now in 2015.)

    Advice to Management

    1) Carefully assess any cost cutting measures. Some substantially reduce productivity. Saving $200 on a software license that will end up making your employee lose hours of productivity over several years is dumb. Especially if their bill rate is >$100/hr. Would recoup the cost in less than 2h, but instead make you endure and probably lose dozens of hours of productivity over a few years. 2) Compensate your staff or you will lose them. A new graduate hire should never make more than a prior graduate hire in the same role w/ an additional 2 years of experience at IBM. Only at IBM does that ever happen. 3) Stop being short-sighted and driven purely by this quarter's financials. Plan for the long-term.


  8. Great company

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Compensation is competitive. Are high quality people working there.

    Cons

    Difficult to earn a promotion. A lot of politics to navigate.

    Advice to Management

    Look more at the potential of each employee and find ways to retain quality people.


  9. Helpful (4)

    Poor management and unreasonable expectations

    • 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 (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great pay and good benefits. Depending on the project you may have flexibility to work from home some days.

    Cons

    Many managers were disrespectful and unprofessional. No boundaries (calls from managers all day/evening and work almost every weekend). Must record your time, for every 15 minutes, every day. Must work a minimum of 45 hours a week. Must meet annual billable hour rates which can be unreasonable if you are in between projects and cannot bill hours. Part of annual review is how much "give back" (e.g, community service) you did outside of work hours. Must have at least 40 hours of education credits each year (again, time spent outside of regular workday on new learning which takes away from your billable rate/calculation). Many

    Advice to Management

    Good compensation will not retain employees (see current high turnover rate for Washington DC federal IBM consultants). Managers must be trained to be better people managers and take interest in their employees. Managers must learn to be respectful of employees.


  10. Sr.Project Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Gaithersburg, MD

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Various options to grow in Mgmt stream

    Cons

    Need to find project based on your network

    Advice to Management

    RDM model needs to be changed because that is not working...


  11. Great for Experienced individuals, not great to grow as a College Hire

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really great benefits: medical insurance is great, college hires get 15 days vacation off the bat, they have a wellness program to follow where they give you a rebate, work-life balance is determined by you (you can choose to work only 40 hr a week or you can choose to work more). Wonderful to have a Big 5 company on your resume. Higher salary over many other companies when starting as a college hire.

    Cons

    They have great benefits when getting hired out of college, but they do a poor job of teaching college hires the ropes. IBM will place a young (cheap) college hire anywhere and expect them to know the business process/area. There's not much room to grow as a college hire and not much choice on project, you're basically just placed into a position if you have little experience. Even they've said it, you're a body that is charging the client and making a profit for them. Raises are extremely small, bonuses are rare. They try to cut back to make more profit for themselves and don't reward their 'minions' for the work they do.



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