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Updated July 19, 2017
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  1. "Great Company"

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

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

    Pros

    large enterprise company means many jobs available
    good compensation

    Cons

    As with many companies, how good the work experience is....is largely dependent on your manager.


  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. Helpful (2)

    "Working at IBM was unique experience"

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

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    In my position, knowing what I did improved the job satisfaction of thousands of other employees was extremely gratifying.

    Cons

    Incredible bureaucracy means things that can be accomplished with a couple calls or emails at a smaller company, can take days or weeks . IBM has so many overlapping pieces that even the company is no longer aware of what they have.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the red tape, appreciate the people who are trying to be efficient, and realize that "Agile" is more than a methodology, it has a definition, it means swift and changeable.


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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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    "Advisory Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    CEO, ship is starting to turn

    Cons

    IBM is huge, getting advancement requires positive personal relationships with people in the bureaucracy. Recently walked back work life balance which led to firing any remote employees that didn't move to an office location.

    Advice to Management

    Less bureaucracy. I shouldn't have to waste $250 in time filling out forms to get approval for a $100 item that will save me an hour every day.


  6. "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.


  7. "Project Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    The ability to work remotely.

    Cons

    Lack of equitable pay for performance. Lack of career growth opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    Show your employees that you value them, when they are there.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Not your parent's IBM.."

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

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

    Pros

    Still some great people left at IBM. The ability to work from home - but now is limited only to sellers.

    Cons

    -19 quarters of sales decline in a row under Ginni Rommety.
    -First/second even 3rd line managers no longer have any decision making ability.
    -The forecasting process is non stop - with more time spent forecasting and presenting sales forecasts to multiple mgrs/levels than actual selling.
    -Raises are almost non-existent and usually only 1-2%.
    -Benefits have continued to decline with healthcare contributions continuing to decrease and employee costs skyrocketing.
    -There is no longer a pension plan, the 401k match happens once a year, in January. So most silent layoffs happen in 4th qtr.
    -30 day severance is the new policy whether you have 1 year of service or 40.

    Overall company environment has gone from poor to absolutely toxic. Many of those who remain are looking to leave or actively doing so.
    -There is a huge push to cull older employees and replace with millenials with some mgrs openly stating that "that job is slated for a millenial hire".
    -I would NEVER allow my children to join the new IBM.

    Advice to Management

    Refocus on the CLIENT and EMPLOYEES. Do away with the new Checkpoint measurement plan and go back towards something like the PBC plan. Get back to INNOVATING. Start listening to clients instead of trying to dictate what they MUST purchase. Stop selling out your future by forcing renewals/replacement to happen earlier - you are then forced to discount to the wall to get it in earlier. You are killing your profitability by forcing sales to happen too early.


  9. "Managing Consultant"

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

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

    Pros

    global company - easy to find global projects

    Cons

    too big, senior management, low opportunities to grow


  10. Helpful (2)

    "colocation"

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    • Senior Management
    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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    middle mgt is very hands on

    Cons

    colocation = look for a new job

    Advice to Management

    you are losing your best talent with this colocation strategy


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