IBM Reviews

Updated August 2, 2015
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  1. Great for Experienced individuals, not great to grow as a College Hire

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SAP in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - SAP in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    IBM is not the company it used to be

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Architect in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - IT Architect in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Work with the latest technology Large organization with the ability to move around

    Cons

    When the company does not meet its numbers you are prone to layoffs IBM's benefits used to be some of the best in the industry, that is no longer the case. Compensation trails other employers

    Advice to Management

    Give small massive bonuses to upper management and improve the compensation of the average employee


  3. Global Business Services (GBS) - Financial Management - Risk Management - Consultant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Firm contribution activities not absolutely mandatory

    Cons

    felt disjointed from the firm

    Advice to Management

    Ensure that if IBM resources are used as sub-contractors, that they are still able to be involved with other firm activites.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Penultimate big company, cares only for their bottom line and could not care less for their employees.

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

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

    Pros

    Exposure to technology, heavy sales environment in services division where you are pressured to sell IBM technology.

    Cons

    Too many, but too many layers of management and bureaucracy at IBM with a ruthless focus on billing productivity above even impacting customer mission. It is terrible here. They should not be in services at all.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of services, you are conflicted by nature as a technology provider.


  6. IBM doesn't provide a healthy environment for working mothers.

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

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

    Pros

    The pay was great and benefits were good

    Cons

    There is extreme pressure to meet their needs - bottom line.

    Advice to Management

    The management need more cultural and sensitivity training.


  7. Helpful (1)

    IBM workplace

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consulting Marketing Representative in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consulting Marketing Representative in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to start your career but with idea to move on to another Company within a few years. IBM is not interested in developing careers.

    Cons

    From CEO through Executive Management team there is an absence of leadership and commitment to employee and customer success. More of a financial management company.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in new and game changing technologies and stop abusing your employees.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Not What It Used To Be

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Department in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Legal Department in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Depending on your manager and your position, you can work from a home office. Obviously IBM has name recognition.

    Cons

    PBC rating system is seriously flawed. Even as a 2+ (strong performer) there are no salary increases. In over 4 years with 2 and 2+ ratings, no salary increase. The executive management cares about nothing except lining their pockets before they jump ship with their golden parachutes. Despite continued claims by our CEO, there is no true direction for the company, only fluff and vaporware. Despite continued losses in revenue and decline in stock price, CEO was awarded a $3.6M bonus while massive layoffs continue. No longer any chance of moving to new opportunities within different organizations unless you are a "good ole boy".

    Advice to Management

    Candidly, it is time to replace many of the executive management. The IBM ship needs a new captain if we will ever regain a steady course. Put investment into training and education for employees and they will reward the company with hard work and stellar customer service. Start rewarding employees with pay raises or more talent and knowledge will continue to walk out the door voluntarily.


  9. Eh, it's ok.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have a lot of great company software products.that have gradually become available to the employees.

    Cons

    They do not do enough training on their own software products so that their consultants are well versed in them. This would make it easier to sell these same tools to the client.

    Advice to Management

    Train your consultants in the software products that you sell.


  10. Mobile Solutions Architect

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mobile Solutions Architect in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Mobile Solutions Architect in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work from home if client allows it.

    Cons

    Too much paper work.


  11. IBM Consulting by Degrees

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

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

    Pros

    Large company, get networking, global, great work-life balance

    Cons

    Sometimes too large and a little impersonal



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