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Updated June 18, 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. "After 15 years later"

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    Current Employee - Leader in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Leader in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great collaboration and innovation. Great learning experience.

    Cons

    None really much. You have to put the time and effort.

    Advice to Management

    Happy employees, happy customers.


  2. "No Support"

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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work from home; great 401k, access to offices all over the world.

    Cons

    No support or training, especially important for a company acquired by IBM.

    Advice to Management

    Train your employees on IBM systems/tools!

  3. "Service line representative"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ability to work independently, commission upside can be good but a lot of artificial hurdles are in place that reduce responsiveness to customers

    Cons

    Some members of management appear indifferent to employees and make decisions based on their own compensation plan rather than the customer.

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge that commodity sales are often the price of entry to pursue higher value opportunities.


  4. "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.


  5. "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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great if you love to travel"

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    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.


  7. "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.

  8. 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 .


  9. "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


  10. "Great place to learn"

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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.


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