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Updated September 24, 2018
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  • "At times difficult work life balance" (in 1045 reviews)

  • "low salary slow complex not competetive" (in 484 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Best company I've ever worked for"

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    Current Employee - Technical Sales Specialist (Summit) in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Technical Sales Specialist (Summit) in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Invests in employees
    Great salary
    Great benefits
    Best people to work with & for
    By far best job I've ever had and can't wait to grow with IBM

    Cons

    Slow moving processes and changes like any other large company

    Advice to Management

    Involve the millennials more, we'll be taking over these jobs one day and want to learn the ropes!


  2. "Federal DSW Software Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Benefits, Location, Dress code, Education

    Cons

    Resource Action, supplies, no time for education

    Advice to Management

    Be more sensitive to your workers.

  3. "Fun, interesting place to work with very helpful co-workers."

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    Former Contractor - Business Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Former Contractor - Business Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The experience of pushing technological boundaries around some seriously interesting and clever people.

    Cons

    My time was too short, contract basis.

    Advice to Management

    Look at career progressions.


  4. "Consulant"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and resources and training

    Cons

    Bad culture, lots of travel


  5. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They gave me a paycheck.

    Cons

    Late to the party on big market shifts. More focused on the shareholder than the customer.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Once great, now terrible"

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    Former Employee - Digital Business Group in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Digital Business Group in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The health benefits are better than average. 6% match on 401(k). Some of the employees are brilliant and hardworking.

    Cons

    Terrible leadership. Constant firings. Coworkers only concerned about keeping their jobs. Crazy devotion to management fads (Agile, Open Office, Colocation).

    Advice to Management

    Realize that employees and not senior executives are the backbone of the company. Stop with the constant firings, it affects morale, productivity and relationships with customers.


  7. "Ok if you survive the purges"

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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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are great people, the work is interesting with travel possibilities

    Cons

    Lots of layoffs and poor bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    Revisit co-location strategy

  8. Helpful (1)

    "SOC Analyst- Just terrible"

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    Former Employee - SOC Analyst in Sandy Springs, Fulton, GA
    Former Employee - SOC Analyst in Sandy Springs, Fulton, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free parking at the corporate building
    Good health benefits and maternity benefits for both men and women

    Cons

    *Severely underpaid for amount of work to be done
    *No further hiring of USA employees, ONLY non USA employees to save money
    *No bonuses or raises, not even cost of living raises
    *No professional training
    *No room for advancement
    *Management expects employees to SLAVE at least 60 hours a week
    *Newly implemented weekly work quota similar to a sales role or you get fired which causes stress or worry
    *No work/life balance
    *Management allows other team members on equal level with you to post your personal business and micro manage you/talk rudely to you

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to understand that employees are PEOPLE and when backed into a corner, they won't fight with you, they will LEAVE, as evidenced by many people jumping ship for other companies. Management needs to start INVESTING in their employees by providing them with access to industry defining training, as your cyber security workforce deals directly with cyber security incidents and related issues. Winging it won't continue to work. Also, stop punishing your team with the work week quota, security doesn't work that way, the team isn't selling items, your team is working to mitigate and remediate various issues that arise. Punishing your team with weekly work quotas because another company departmental team messed up and undersold your team's value isn't the right thing to do. When at least 5 employees leave your team in a span of less than a year, SOMETHING is wrong! Continuing to work this way will leave you and those you serve very, very, vulnerable. Also, stop playing favoritism when it comes to approving downtime and vacations.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Summit Digital Sales intern"

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    Current Intern - digital sales intern in Atlanta, GA
    Current Intern - digital sales intern in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I was in the Smyrna office and had a great time- I was involved in several projects and was able to network all around the company. I grew tremendously in the brief 11 week internship and could not see myself anywhere else.

    Cons

    I was lucky enough to have a manager who went out of their way to get me involved with projects. This is not a company where you can succeed if you are not self-driven. you have to find people to get involved with and always be looking for ways to contribute. Some complaints that others in my cohort made revolved around not having enough to do, so you have to be the kind of person who finds things to do.Also one small thing- if you do not have car, get one or find someone to carpool with. Taking public transit to get to the smyrna office is pretty tough.

    Advice to Management

    Keep giving interns opportunities on projects, we have a lot of ideas to contribute and love getting involved.


  10. "Overworked and underpaid."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    looks great on resume, lots of room to move around inside the company, great connections

    Cons

    constantly moving around, unsure which project has priority, random layoffs, long hours

    Advice to Management

    Please leave managed security services alone.


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