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Updated June 21, 2017
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  • You have to manage your work life balance or you'll end up doing the work of 2 or more people (in 847 reviews)

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  1. "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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Not as good as it used to be"

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    Current Employee - BI Developer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - BI Developer in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, flexible work arrangements

    Cons

    long hours, but you can do the work from home, for now

  3. Helpful (2)

    "They quit investing in people"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to work with smart people and they do tend to do some cutting edge things. You also have lots of flexibility.

    Cons

    Lot of pressure, almost non-stop. Training is almost non-existent unless it's a subpar online course. Company is only focused on pleasing Wall Street and not its customers. They don't invest in their people anymore.

    Advice to Management

    It's about the people. Strive to make happy employees first. You will then get happy customers and happy shareholders. You have it all backwards as shareholders come first and it's killing your company.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "IT Specialist"

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    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, work from home

    Cons

    Bad management, do not care about employees

    Advice to Management

    Care about people


  5. Helpful (3)

    "IBM - under pressure"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large company, variety of technologies

    Cons

    Under financial pressure because of the shift to Cloud

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring more people at the same time you are laying them off


  6. "Marketing Manager"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not really many good things left about working for this company. Until recently, their work from home policy was strong, but the current senior leadership destroyed that one last positive benefit.

    Cons

    IBM is by far the most toxic company I have ever been part of. My company was purchased by IBM a few years ago, and quickly ran it into the ground. IBM senior leadership acts to serve their own over-inflated egos, and rarely ever use common sense in making decisions. The entrenched long-term marketing and sales employees are dedicated to blocking any kind of useful progress. Overall, the company treats their employees horribly. IBM is obviously in a decline that its current leadership team can't reverse, and it deserves the crash that is coming

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and smell the coffee. Your ego will be your downfall.


  7. "Business Controls Analyst"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexibility and autonomy as an individual contributor.

    Cons

    Extremely bureaucratic culture and limited opportunity for upward mobility.

  8. "Senior Oracle Database Administrator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work location. Always plenty to do

    Cons

    No clear direction in projects. Terrible health benefits for a company of this size


  9. Helpful (5)

    "IBM - roll the eyes"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wealth of knowledge. Good co-workers. Benefits are competitive except 401k company contribution.

    Cons

    Higher ups are out of touch with reality, 5 years of loosing qtrs! 401k plan employee payout is 1 time a year and if IBM decides to cut / RA employee, employee get 0.

    Advice to Management

    CFO recently commented on H1B visas and the abuse of the system, yet IBM is #4 on the list for most. Walk the walk and talk the talk


  10. Helpful (1)

    "This is not your daddy's IBM!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Architect in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Architect in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM brings together an amazing array of technology as the basis of real, practical solutions that power Earth's commerce. Some people still think of IBM as "that mainframe company", but today's IBM has been transformed into an agile, leading edge technology creator. As an IBMer, it is amazing to be able to pick up the phone and chat with the very people who are creating and shaping tomorrow. Blockchain, quantum computing, cognitive computing, and countless other technologies are real-world here. Yes, we still sell some big iron; but (surprise!) it runs Linux!

    Cons

    No way to hide it -- IBM is a big enterprise, with nearly a half million employees around the world. It isn't a startup!


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