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IBM Advisory IT Specialist Reviews

Updated March 13, 2018
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  • "Bad work life balance in the company" (in 1011 reviews)

  • "Long Hours suck sometimes but not too bad" (in 474 reviews)

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  1. "ISC-J in Japan"

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    Former Contractor - Advisory IT Specialist in West Covina, CA
    Former Contractor - Advisory IT Specialist in West Covina, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are lots of projects in different industries, it's a good platform for graduates.

    Cons

    As you know, always working over-time is common in Japan, and also the same in ISC-J.


  2. "IBM review"

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    Current Employee - Advisory IT Specialist in Essex Junction, VT
    Current Employee - Advisory IT Specialist in Essex Junction, VT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work from home policy. Good life work balance. Great benefits package and long term disability policy.

    Cons

    Slow salary growth. Sometimes very strange policies come down from way up that make no sense.

    Advice to Management

    Give more control and trust to lower level management to do the right thing.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Corporate climate all depends on what and where"

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    Former Employee - Advisory IT Specialist in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Advisory IT Specialist in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits but not as good as they used to be.
    In the right areas there are great opportunities.
    Global company.

    Cons

    If you are in the wrong area on the wrong project then you are at risk for layoffs.
    Need to keep your head up on what is going on and make sure you are in the right place.

    Advice to Management

    Back to the old belief that your employees are your greatest asset.
    Weed out the dead wood.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Not bad, but could be better"

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    Current Employee - Advisory I/T Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Advisory I/T Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good projects, smart and sometimes fun co-workers.

    Cons

    To get promoted, you have to document tons of things that takes hours upon hours, but when you're working a lot, you don't really have time for it outside of work if you want a normal life. Pay is average - not bad, but not great. You can get more elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Stop making it so hard to get promoted when you are a consultant and are working so much for your client.


  5. "Outplaced"

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    Current Employee - Advisory IT Specialist in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Advisory IT Specialist in Charleston, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The ability to telecommute from home is very nice. I did gain another year of work as apposed to being laid off.

    Cons

    I was outsourced to IBM from my position at Centurylink which lasted 15 years. Required to train my replacement.

    Advice to Management

    The concept of laying off higher paid workers in order to hire lower paid workers, is what is wrong with this country. It is driving down wages.


  6. "Advisory IT Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Advisory IT Specialist in Armonk, NY
    Current Employee - Advisory IT Specialist in Armonk, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM is very flexible and allows remote work with no further questions whenever it is possible, especially if you are in a support role. Also, you are exposed to many technologies and IBM products.

    Cons

    There is not even free beverages such as tea and coffee.Also, even though you probably are working within a team, you will feel that the lack of individual feedback is a problem. Many times too much bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Try to keep the good people.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "A place for losers"

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    Current Employee - Advisory IT Specialist
    Current Employee - Advisory IT Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    The 401K plan is A+++ has very nice features and extremely low cost. - th econ IBM only makes a match once a year and you have to last to DEC 15th ot the year to get it.

    Cons

    A place for losers. IBM is now a dying company, with incompetent upper management and a work atmosphere with the pallor of a funeral home. 20 year plus IBM employee and I have watched a once decent company disintegrate. IBM culture is dominated by the internal politics of fiefdoms and is not longer a customer centric organization.l Employees are not viewed as assets of the company but rather as costs to be minimized. The best way to view IBM is a place to work for 1-3 years, to pick up a specific marketable skill and then leave and use it in the open marketplace for top dollar. IBM does not pay well and its benefits are not that good and educational opportunities are dismal. You will be vastly overworked, underpaid and work in a depressing environment by a company that seeks only to exploit it line

    Advice to Management

    You need to reward employees for concentrating on servicing the customer rather than internal IBM stuff.

  8. "IBM - Advisory IT Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Advisory IT Specialist in Bronx, NY
    Current Employee - Advisory IT Specialist in Bronx, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible job location. Work from home option.

    Cons

    Less reward, promotions. It is very difficult to get promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Reward you employees.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Unstable environment"

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    Current Employee - Advisory IT Specialist in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Advisory IT Specialist in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The flexibility and autonomy are great !

    Cons

    The corporate environment is unstable. First Line Manager has no power. You could let go anytime, not based on your performance.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with PBC rating or else get rid of it.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Top heavy with management"

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    Current Employee - Advisory IT Specialist
    Current Employee - Advisory IT Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Depends on the project or the client, but hours are generally flexible. There are a lot of good and smart people to work with.

    Cons

    Pushing to make our numbers and it only gets worse every year, this year they demand we work certain weekends and are pushing for hours so much that we must average 50 hours per week over the whole year just to make up for vacation and holiday time off. Every year we lose something, they adjust something that takes money away from us and saves IBM money. In 2013, they moved the 401K match payout from payday to a lump sum at year end, and we missed out on all that interest. They moved the date raises are given to next year. They also decided not to pay out the bonuses they've paid every year since they started the program. No raise in 5+ years and I have much less to show for it. There is a major push to outsource most of the work over seas and only have about 15% of employees in the US. With so few US Employees, I get the sense that we are way too top heavy with management and all the overhead that comes with it.

    Advice to Management

    Labor Laws over seas don't allow for all the free overtime you get from US Salary Employees, plus those employees are not as effective and don't generate the revenue you need. There are way too many levels of management that are unproductive and are a fixed overhead that we can't continue to support. Cut half your management team immediately and you'll see major decreases in costs.