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Updated June 21, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Glad to be away from IBM"

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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 8 years)

    Pros

    You get paid twice a month. They have a nice 401(K) match, but you only get it if you are employed on the mid-December pay period. Otherwise, NONE.

    Cons

    Employees are not respected and cast aside when convenient. Internal certifications are meaningless. Upper management just takes care of themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Provide some real management


  3. "Lost Pride."

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Atlanta, GA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM as a contractor

    Pros

    Great foundation & Ancient company

    Cons

    After working on two separate occasions (one very recently), I lost confidence in their core principle policy - BCG Business Conduct Guidelines.

    IBM India DPE & BAM working at IBM Global's NASCO a/c (Atlanta GA) found to be favouring a non-core vendor over std IBM core vendors (irrespective of reporting employee harassment). The vendor has already confirmed about their regular entertaining(!) IBM India Account team for business.

    Advice to Management

    Time to retrospect.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Band 10"

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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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work, a proud history

    Cons

    Culture of Fear, No work life balance, No opportunity, no raises, no bonus, new policies to move workers is part of trying to get you to quite - No management skills

    Advice to Management

    Create vision, bring back respect for the employee, stop threatening everyone that they can be fired, good workers leave, poor workers left will only work at a minimum while looking for a job else ware - everyone loses


  5. "Faceless management"

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

    I worked at IBM (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of resources. They have a couple of good contractors.

    Cons

    Upper-level management is only interested in numbers and SLAs. They are not interested in contractors or providing decent service to the customer.


  6. "Manager/Team Leader"

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

    Pros

    Let me clarify. IBM is a great company. Good benefits, salary, and culture. Recently acquired a company in Georgia called silverpop, now Silverpop/IBM marketing cloud. I was hired as an IBM employee to manage and work with the silverpop people who openly (employees) and with subtlety (management) rejected IBM ways and people. They insisted they were going to "silverwash" big blue.

    Cons

    - Toxic environment
    - Poor Management team
    - old boy network
    - Mass confusion
    - fighting and backstabbing within departments and intact teams

    Only work in the IBM acquisition if you are between jobs and really need income. If you can stick it our a few years IBM believes in moving employees around so try to escape into a real IBM department that does not involve silverpop.


  7. "Hostile and Negative Work Environment"

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

    I worked at IBM (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Vacation Time, Sick Time, Remote work flexibility

    Cons

    Excessive workload and hours, cut throat culture, high stress with little return on investment, no recognition for a job well done, your just another cog in the wheel for IBM, retraction of several key benefits

    Advice to Management

    Standup for your employees and what is right...don't be so "spineless".


  8. Helpful (2)

    "IBM-an awful place to work"

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

    I worked at IBM (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Smart people but they can't get out of their own way. Everything is decision by group. No one can make a decision. Great work/life balance because there are a hundred people doing the same job-you can hide, and many do, in the ranks of IBM.

    Cons

    IBM has different pay scales for men and women. I know because my colleagues-each with less experience than me made over 50k more than me for the same job, lower performance.

    The company drives mediocrity in everything. The managers have been around forever and have a good ol' boy mentality.

    Advice to Management

    Get some new blood and new ideas. Resting on "no one ever got fired for making an IBM decision" days are LONG GONE.


  9. "Total Exploitation - daylight robbery"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    varied clients , opportunity to work in various domains and cultures

    Cons

    They want you to work extra hours to compensate even for national holidays !
    You have to wage a war with management to be approved even of your due leaves
    Extremely greedy - just want to squeeze out billing from clients and rob employees of overtime
    Extremely exploitative
    No over time
    No growth
    Minuscule or non existent salary increment
    Full of processes and useless 'initiatives' which add no value to the employee or client and are just botheration and headache


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Over"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roswell, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roswell, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are great, and you can (for now) work at home for the most part, depending on your job. Some of the products are good.

    Cons

    Company is lost. The CEO is slowly tearing apart everything that was once good about this company. Doesn't matter how hard you work, or how much you produce, you can be fired (RA'd in the internal parlance) any time, with no cause given. Zero loyalty to employees. Only care about stock price (see how well that's working out). Allegedly trying to become more nimble (Agile), but too many entrenched executives protecting their turf to allow that to happen.

    Advice to Management

    You have created a paralytic atmosphere of fear and uncertainty. You talk about this amazing turnaround that few, if any can see. Dump the CEO and return to the idea of Respect for the Individual.


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