IBM Reviews

Updated July 9, 2015
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  1. 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

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

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

    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.


  2. Helpful (3)

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

    • 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 (More than 10 years)

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

    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.


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

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

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

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

    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.


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  5. 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

    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

    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.


  6. 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

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

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

    Pros

    Work from home if client allows it.

    Cons

    Too much paper work.


  7. Eh, it's ok.

    • 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 10 years)

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

    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.


  8. IBM Consulting by Degrees

    • 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 (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Sometimes too large and a little impersonal


  9. Helpful (1)

    15+ years and no salary increase for 5 years.

    • 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 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Working from home. IBM has mastered the telework culture and actively encourages its workforce to give up their offices and work from home.

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive. Since we work from home, we are expected to always be available. Billable hours expectation means you have to work one hour overtime for every one hour of vacation time.


  10. Great place to start your career

    • 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

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

    Pros

    A lot of technical experience. Great culture. Everyone wants you to succeed. With a few years at IBM you can go anywhere.

    Cons

    No appreciation for employees in monetary form. Someone who starts a year later than you probably makes more. Can get "stuck" with a client. Sometimes "forced" (encouraged) to stay with a particular client.


  11. Great company to gain skills

    • 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture, large company with various career opportunities.

    Cons

    Complex career advancement procedure which makes promotion a little hard.

    Advice to Management

    Adjust the career advancement program for faster promotion



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