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IBM Alpharetta Reviews

Updated May 19, 2017
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  1. "Best Company to start your career with"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Alpharetta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Big time company, lots of resources and opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    Lacks individual focus on an employee, you are one among the crowd unless you share some special rapport with higher management.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure you credit your employees for their work. Losing good resources will affact the company on long term.


  2. "Innovative company"

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    Current Employee - Project Executive in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Project Executive in Alpharetta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Innovation, smart people, good culture, transformation, cognitive and digital, Watson, global talent, research and software capabilities, pays well, lot of job opportunities

    Cons

    Focus on cost, work load, too slow, can get lost in large company, need to invest in self education and training

    Advice to Management

    Empower managers and employees, invest in training and talent

  3. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA

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

    Pros

    The company has a very good training program and team managers. There is a lot of focus on career development and you get to work with diverse global teams.

    Cons

    There is a considerable amount of enshrined corporate culture. There is a tendency for employees contributions to be measure only by analytical metrics.

    Advice to Management

    Advise to management is to focus more on striking a balance between. saving a little extra money from outsourcing and keeping loyal employees


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Good place to start a career, but get out before you get stuck."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Alpharetta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Started as a software consultant immediately after graduating from college. Great experience to have on your resume -- opens up lots of doors in the IT/software/consulting world. Good exposure to software implementation projects and how they go success and fail. As a consultant, you don't have to go looking for your next project if you build an expertise on a high-demand product.

    Travel has good perks until you burn out.

    Stable paycheck, good benefits.

    Cons

    Too big, too much bureaucracy and red tape. Lots of resources in theory, but these are difficult to navigate.

    Very little importance is given to skills updates.

    Only moderate work-life balance. Management is unlikely to give bench time or push clients for remote work to update skills or to give a breather from travel. (On the plus side, consultants on projects requiring travel usually have lax Fridays and consultants on projects that don't require travel get to work from home).

    No clear way to move up or work towards bonuses. Bonuses are given out unexpectedly for good work only if money is 'left over' during year. Also, raises and promotions are only given sparingly. Even groups that perform well, like the one I work for, are stingy with bonuses and raises. Management does not encourage movement between groups.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Scrum Master at IBM"

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    Current Contractor - Scrum Master in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Contractor - Scrum Master in Alpharetta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility in terms of work/life balance since they allow work from home.

    Cons

    Highly distributed teams, not feasible for all kinds of work. They dont treat contractors well with frequent furloughs if under-funded on any project and they are quite sudden without too much notice to look elsewhere most of the times. I believe their pay is less compared to competition as well.

    Advice to Management

    Value people with skills and treat them fairly.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great benefits, opportunities to advance for some, no loyalty for long time employees. take charge of your career."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior IT Specialist/Project Manager in Alpharetta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior IT Specialist/Project Manager in Alpharetta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Big company with lots of opportunity to move into new positions if you are persistent about moving up and don't get complacent in your job. Good work-life balance, work at home, great benefits, training available IF you have a manager willing to speak up and get approval for you.

    Cons

    NO loyalty to long time employees when it comes to resource actions. I was loyal to company and remained in same position because they didn't have anyone else to support application and thought I was helping out. All it really did was hurt me in the end. When I was not allowed to move to another position or get training to complete certification I should have started looking for a job outside the company. Laid off after 10+ years. They were offshoring many jobs to BRIC countries.. Initially very upset with company but would go back to them with different mindset and this time use them for my own personal development and advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Stop offshoring and if you move jobs to central US to take advantage of cheap labor then consider finding jobs for those who don't want to relocate. You should recognize that loyal employees who have stayed with you for over 10 years have value which cannot easily be replaced. When you bring on new PMs from India they may be cheaper in initial salary but end up costing you a lot more by wasting countless hours of much higher band stakeholders who have to sit on the call trying to give status updates to someone who cannot understand what is going on.


  7. "Good for about a decade."

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    Former Employee - Software License Analyst in Alpharetta, GA
    Former Employee - Software License Analyst in Alpharetta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice environment for supporting outsourced accounts and often able to work at customer sites or remotely. IBM offers competitive salaries and educational opportunities for some positions.

    Cons

    IBM is one of the leaders in off-shoring jobs and if you're in a role that's offshored, you have about a 90% chance of being cut in a resource action. They target folks who have been around 10 to 15 years and maxed out on salaries. They start by lowering your performance rating without supporting evidence and once that happens, you're history. They supposedly give you an opportunity to find another position in the company but once your names on the cut list, that won't happen. The folks who stay are chosen based on personality vs performance within the group.

    Advice to Management

    They should at least be honest with employees for the resource actions vs using false information to lower their ratings.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "A company that manages its balance sheet well, but not its employees"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Senior Systems Engineer in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Contractor - Senior Systems Engineer in Alpharetta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    They allow work from home. Helps balance work -life during normal work days!

    Cons

    Work is way too much and without any overtime pay!! When the time's bad, they make you sit at home without pay for months on furloughs!! They unlike many other companies cannot have anyone sit without work for even a moment! They do not even inform ahead of time of impending furloughs, for you to find a better opportunity..its always last minute that way!

    Advice to Management

    Its not always about working towards managing 'stock price' but there is a lot more involved in running a company!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "IBM for the most part is a good company to work for. Expect long hours and little job security."

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Alpharetta, GA
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Alpharetta, GA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Most of the people are really nice and hardworking. The company has a good reputation. Excellent with EEO. Often very flexible with work hours. Compensation is competitive and benefits are good.

    Cons

    As a general rule, you will be expected to work at least 50 hours a week and do give back in addition to your normal work hours. This is to meet productivity goals and must be done even in slow times. (Giveback is good, it you had the time to do it) The job is not secure. Periodically IBM does massive layoffs. It doesn't matter if you are on the bench or have a revenue producing assignment, if you are in the wrong group at the wrong time, you will be laid off.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of doing mass layoffs, look for other ways to save money. It used to be that people were IBM's most valuable asset.
    Review productivity goals and the original purpose for them. Overtime is necessary from time to time to meet deadlines. It doesn't make sense to be putting in hours to meet productivity goals when hours are just being put in for the sake of putting in hours. Also, when employees are constantly putting in massive amounts of overtime, they are more prone to mistakes and "real" productivity goes down. Current productivity goals are determined by the number of hours put in and I can't believe that was the original purpose of the productivity goals.


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