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Updated April 23, 2017
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  1. "Senior Manager"

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

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to grow. Salaries are competitive.

    Cons

    One can be lost in a ocean in the large company.

    IBM Response

    Apr 24, 2017 – Program Consultant - IBMer Engagement

    Thank you for the review. We are glad you mentioned career growth as we work hard to ensure our employees have professional growth opportunities such as training programs and mentoring.


  2. "Business Development Executive"

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

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are good

    Cons

    Work life balance is very poor and growth sales numbers are very challenging


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    "IBM Software Sales"

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great breadth of products to sell, including cutting edge technologies such as Watson. Name recognition in all areas of information technology, with a 100+ year history of helping companies solve business problems with technology. Best of breed software products built through development and key acquisitions.

    Cons

    Due to its size, IBM has challenges in changing to meet volatile market dynamics. At the individual client level, sales strategies are often driven by constantly changing compensation plans.

    Advice to Management

    Heed the advice of first line sales managers, who consistently have the best pulse of the marketplace. Go back, wherever possible, to a geographic (branch) sales model, where your sellers live in the territory with their clients, and take advantage of the life long relationships that will develop.


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  5. "Great place to start your career. Long term is questionable."

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    Current Employee - Technical Sales in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Technical Sales in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    I started out in the IBM summit program as a technical specialist, and have progressed to a more full time sales position.

    -High Quality initial enablement and sales training.
    -The vast majority of people I've met/worked with are very talented, likeable, and helpful
    -Great starting salary for a college kid coming straight out of undergrad.
    -There's a lot of free (expensed by IBM) training/travel to cool locations like New york, Las Vegas, Dallas, and Raleigh,

    Cons

    -The technical sales training (for upcoming sales engineers) is virtually nonexistent, which leads to a very rough transition from the summit program to a more full time role.
    -Many new hires will get stranded without a team or assignments for months on end. You will sit for weeks or months on end with maybe 10 hours of work to per week. So if you''re lazy it's nice, but it's pretty terrible for career/skill building.
    -The future of the company seems very questionable. There's a constant stream of layoffs, resource actions, and cost cutting measures. Most of my more senior colleagues don't seem to like working here at all, and appear to have settled for sticking around

    Ultimately though, the high starting salary, great initial training, and nice resume boost would make the job worth taking for anyone coming out of college. If you're more experienced, I would probably stay away.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be greater clarity and focus for new hires, especially on the technical side. For summit, there needs to be some sort of way to get everyone on a team right off the bat. Most summits who don't start out on a team will just sit around in their house watching netflix for most of the work week. You're making it pretty easy to collect a free paycheck. Which is nice and all, but it's not really helping the company or us (the new hires) long term.


  6. "Sr Customer Success Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    great work environment, reputable company

    Cons

    large company, had to navigate at times


  7. "Work life balance not as advertised"

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

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

    Pros

    -Recognized Worldwide (looks great on a resume)
    -Amazing networking capabilities
    -Benefits are nice (vision, dental, 401k matching)
    -Mentoring for new employees
    -Emphasis on learning new skills

    Cons

    -Opportunities for movement are very departmentally based
    -Occasionally expectations and goals are set to unreachable levels
    -Overworked and understaffed departments
    -Work life balance is not as advertised

    Advice to Management

    -Consider your employee's workload in the cascading goals


  8. "Develop complete business & technical solution to support proposals."

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    Former Contractor - Solutions Architect in Atlanta, GA
    Former Contractor - Solutions Architect in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM as a contractor

    Pros

    Interesting projects with some impressive individuals. Pay was fine.

    Cons

    Highly bureaucratic - We sometimes had to figure out how to succeed in spite of management.

    Advice to Management

    Train the worker bees, and encourage them to use creative juices to accomplish. Be a cheerleader.


  9. "IBM ISS X-Force Security"

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

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

    Pros

    IBM - it's all about "momentum". It takes a while for the behemoth to move, but once it starts down that track nothing can stop it.

    Cons

    Inter-division politics kills many ideas and acquisitions. If the company was split in two it would double revenues and employees would be twice as happy.

    Advice to Management

    Remove the inter-division politics and focus on the technical talent you have (or had). The most capable and technical folks struggle to shine with the brow-beating of long term B and C level middle management


  10. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA

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

    Pros

    The company has a very good training program and team managers. There is a lot of focus on career development and you get to work with diverse global teams.

    Cons

    There is a considerable amount of enshrined corporate culture. There is a tendency for employees contributions to be measure only by analytical metrics.

    Advice to Management

    Advise to management is to focus more on striking a balance between. saving a little extra money from outsourcing and keeping loyal employees


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    "IBM in the Rear View Mirror"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hiram, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hiram, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with; good benefits;

    Cons

    Unfair promotion practices; too many layers of executive management;


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