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Updated April 24, 2017
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  1. Helpful (26)

    "IBM is an awful place to work at."

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    Current Employee - Associate Project Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Associate Project Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are no good reasons to work at IBM, other than paying the bills.

    Cons

    IBM offshores most jobs to developing countries. Monetary compensation is well below industry averages. Managers routinely engage in doublespeak. IBM also has a mandatory overtime policy. When this policy was found to be illegal, they cut salaries by 15%, telling people that they can still make the same amount of money as long as they continue to work 15% overtime. Meanwhile, the CEO will retire with a $70k per WEEK pension.

    Advice to Management

    Burn in hell, you certainly deserve to.


  2. Helpful (18)

    "Working at IBM REALLY Sucks!"

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    Former Employee - SAP Technical Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - SAP Technical Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    A great place if you want to telecommute, their virtual services are second to none.

    Cons

    Management is just plain incompetent at all levels. You'll never get a decent raise. They expect you to work 80 hour weeks in most cases. You'll get no respect from any level of management and in many cases clients are so fed up with IBM that they are just waiting for their SLAs to expire and then they go with someone else. I've seen it happen over 8 times in the last 5 years. It is absolutely appalling.

    Advice to Management

    Is there any competent senior management at IBM? Hire more H1-Bs, yeah, that'll improve your image. I mean it can't get any worse can it?


  3. Helpful (11)

    "Time to expose Big Blue as a Big Fraud."

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits and perceived respect for IBM in the marketplace.

    Cons

    Unless you reside in the ivory tower in Armonk, you are just a serial # to this company. Management is a joke. They are not respected, because generally speaking, most of them are incompetent. They rely on their team to make them look good, so when it comes time for recognition, they have no problem accepting it for themselves, rather than passing it on to those who "truly" deserve it. The PBC rating system (yearly review) is a joke, it is a luck of the draw exercise. I have found that in 10 years with the company, it seems we spend more time trying to justify our employment by making sure our powerpoint presentations look pretty and also that the data presented to executives is as "accurate as possible". Employee morale is horrible. It has become a depressing company to work for.

    Advice to Management

    Get your heads out of the sand and start showing your employees the "respect for the individual" you claim to have. Show them you actually appreciate their efforts and that you care about them as human beings, not just a serial #. Be open and honest with them, especially when layoffs will be approaching. Help them prepare for the worst.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "IBM is not ( and has not) been a very good place to work for the last 8 years. I'm By Myself. ( IBM)"

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    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Old pension plan is the only reason to stay.

    Cons

    IBM mgt lies and uses both the workers and clients. IBM management is very unethicalas they only care about their own pockets.

    Advice to Management

    You need to take care of the IBM workers and many of us have quite of bit of time invested in the organization. Senior mgt should also stop firing staff that exceeds their objectives. It makes no sense to release all the people that IBM US has moved on and the management of the failing organization remain IBM employees.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Stay away. This is will be a job, not a career."

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you don't mind moving around the world, there are opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Layoffs. Pay cuts. Lack benefits/cost. Lack of tuition reimbursement (they have a program, but you won't be eligible. Their enrollment form even says most people won't get it and to not talk about it to others because most won't get it). POOR management (lack on knowledge, lack interfacing, lack of career growth). These aren't just my opinions, these are facts that have happened to me personally.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like people, not assets. Treat them like they matter and contribute to the success of the company. Pay competitively. You get what you pay for.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "IBM has no loyalty to its employees. If you work in the US for IBM----kiss you job goodbye."

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    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The pay is competitive. IBM is well known name (and used to be respected).

    Cons

    There is no loyalty from IBM to its employees. You are treated strictly as a number. Management does not manage to the job, it manages to the dollar. IBM has gone from being one of the best, most sought after companies to work for, to being a pariah.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your employees. They are who made you who you are. Random "layoffs" and offshoring of jobs is not the way to do business.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Implementation Strategy"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you like technology, implementation or project management its a good place to work
    work life balance is good
    the brand name

    Cons

    Not the best place for consulting
    no say in industry preference
    no say in project preference
    you get tied to an industry very early in the game

    Advice to Management

    Dont fool MBAs saying that this is a strategy consulting organization.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "IBM.com telesales"

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    Current Employee - IBM.com Telesales in Smyrna, GA
    Current Employee - IBM.com Telesales in Smyrna, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great solutions, name recognition, benefits still decent.

    Cons

    Consistently figures out how to pay you less each year for sales productivity. Fat on management. Thin that herd.

    Advice to Management

    Quit outsourcing. Creates more problems than the money it saves. Fire incompetent managers. Pay sales reps fairly !!


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company, but Serious Problems at Management level, not Executive Management"

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

    Pros

    IBM is a great company and Executive Management has a great vision.

    Cons

    The problem is that vision get lost in transmission and you end up with chaos, lots of politics, and old folks in management whose only reason being these is to secure retirement. Employee Advancement is not existing, career advancement does not exist, and support for Eduction is null.

    Advice to Management

    Executive Management needs to ensure that their vision is not lost in transmission. They need to focus on career development, and Education opportunities. Caring for employees need to move from lip service, Intranet PR, to actual processes that can be measured. Internal Employee happiness and problems need to be recognized and addressed


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Any sales position at IBM is not stable, get real consutling skills then get out on top."

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    Former Employee - Senior Territory Relationship Representative in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Territory Relationship Representative in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The name and possibly some free training when you are breaking into your first IT industry job or consulting job,

    Cons

    All of the people I started with 15 years ago (about 100) have quit or been let go. Even the star performers were eventually stabbed in the back by their old managers who were just using them to do all their work after putting in 15 years with excellent performace! Almost all management in IBM sales is over age 45 and has spent their career firing people under them to keep their jobs, that is until they are eventually fired in a power struggle with their boss, who may temporarily promote someone good. STAY out of sales at IBM and get real skills in consulting if you are somehow stuck in sales. Get certified in Project management or something.

    Advice to Management

    I think Palmisano is an honorable man and wants to do the right thing but may be afraid to rock the boat, because revenue looks good however there is a leak in the boat: All of the bright ambitious people who want to make IBM money leave or are fired. Eventually there will be consequesces for getting rid of all the best talent. For example only the rats survive like xxxx COO with the stock scandal. That's #2 behind the CEO, how close is that? And his claim to fame was cutting jobs and not getting PC's profitable. What about human rights standards? Just outsource it to china or India despite with no enforecment of human rights. IBM under Watson Jr. used to have high standards for employee treatment and high honor for high performance. Now performance became a joke of directors manipulting #'s to reach their numbers while claiming that 90% of the people that wokr for them did not make theirs, except for their political favorites who have their numbers set low or adjusted.

    If anyone ever develops a way to crack your outsourced accounts you are in big trouble. All your eggs are in one baskets with outsourcing. The cloud model could be it...doesn't matter what hardware they are on. More thought needed on that...THINK! THT


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