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IBM Atlanta Reviews

Updated May 18, 2018
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  • Bad work life balance in the company (in 993 reviews)

  • In this competitive atmosphere, you must often work long hours (in 467 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to learn"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Partner in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Associate Partner in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Terrific place for innovation and learning. Tremendous access to clients. Good teamwork and everyone has high integrity.

    Cons

    Too much administrative, some older systems are clunky to use.


  2. "Good Company with Work Life Balance"

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    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good wok life balance,
    Supporting team are easy to work with
    Work From Home is always a an option available.
    HR Support is Good

    Cons

    Plenty of process
    Plenty of documentation
    No Salary Increment
    Plenty of Management and Management Process Overhead.

    Advice to Management

    Please reduce you decision taking hierarchy , else it will keep falling.

  3. "Associate Systems Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Flexible, Work Environment, Motivating environment

    Cons

    Low Salary with more experience


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great if you love to travel"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great travel perks and good opportunity to network with industry leading consultants. Great internal learning infrastructure.

    Cons

    The onus to stay billable is on you, your practice partner does not necessarily try to get you on projects. Billability above 95% is of utmost importance as a consultant.

    Advice to Management

    Improve mentoring and make it more easy for new hires to network within the organization. Put less onus on the employee to get himself staffed on projects, instead Hold the partner responsible for his team's billability.


  5. "Lost in the wilderness"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, lots of opportunities for new roles. able to work remotely, though that may be changing.

    Cons

    chaotic bureaucracy, layers of bureaucracy, poor upper and senior management who do not understand how to get where the market is going in SaaS.
    Pay raises are minimal, bonuses are rare, unless you're Ginny.
    LOTS of layoffs, sometimes 3-5 rounds in a year. The average has been 3 rounds for the last five years. Fear of being laid off is palpable, regardless of your past or current performance.
    Morale is low, senior managers are creating chaos, and red tape is everywhere.
    IBM owns Lotus Notes, so everyone has to use it.

    Advice to Management

    find a strategy and try to stick with it more than six months. Hire managers who trust their team. Try to find out what true SaaS is. SaaS is not the same as IaaS or PaaS and should not be managed to those expectations.
    Micromanaging with frequent strategy shifts is not a way to run a successful business. Dinosaurs took a few thousands of years to die off after the asteroid strike, it seems like IBM is taking the same slow path to extinction. The vision for the future seems right, but senior management is killing any hope.


  6. "Threat Management Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Threat Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Threat Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM is a fantastic company to work for, if you can find the right manager for you.

    Cons

    If you can stay away from the politics, and negotiate high on the pay-scale during the hiring process, there really are no cons.

    Advice to Management

    Quit with the Politics, Start caring again.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "International Business Machine Inc."

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    Current Employee - Client Technical Professional in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Client Technical Professional in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, lots of resource for developing new hard skills and keep current with technology changes , competitive compensation package and benefits.

    Cons

    Never ending corporate changes. Internal lack of direction, every 6 months priorities and quota changes, variable compensation plan changes, manager changes, massive layoffs. IBM is undergoing mayor internal shifts to try to better compete with AWS, Google and Microsoft. Customers are tired with constant rep changes.

    Advice to Management

    Be coherent, do fewer things GREAT than a lot mediocre things .

  8. "S&S Sales Rep"

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    Former Employee - S&S Sales Representative in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - S&S Sales Representative in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable company (although your job is never stable)

    Cons

    Antiquated approach to technology in general. Do not listen to employees about direction of the company.

    Advice to Management

    See 'cons' above


  9. "Imac Coordinator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Coordinator in Atlanta, GA
    Current Contractor - Coordinator in Atlanta, GA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Pay ,Work from Home , No Micro management , No work done past 6PM , Weekly pay.

    Cons

    NO benefits , NO PTO Short term supplemental, constant changes, constant training . Given this is short term supplemental at any time the contract can be over with. In this position there isn't any growth & no hope of being made an employee.

    Advice to Management

    Management is decent. They are pretty throughly about what you will be doing


  10. "There are a lot of opportunities to learn."

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

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

    Pros

    Pay is very competitive compared to other companies
    Huge CbD network
    A lot of opportunities to learn
    Pretty good place to start career

    Cons

    No work life balance, hours are very long
    Difficulty getting projects
    Management isn’t helpful
    Travel can be up to 100%

    Advice to Management

    Give CbDer’s the real deal about the program.


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