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Updated June 21, 2017
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  • You have to manage your work life balance or you'll end up doing the work of 2 or more people (in 850 reviews)

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  1. "Financial Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits work life balance work from home

    Cons

    Long hrs. Small raises shows favoritetism

    Advice to Management

    Be more fair and consistent


  2. "Large company - great benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Wonderful company to work for

    Cons

    No cons to name at this time

  3. Helpful (2)

    "How the mighty have fallen"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Technology Sales Specialist in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Technology Sales Specialist in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM does attract the best and brightest, I have encountered many brilliant people in my time at IBM. Until recently there was flexibility to work remotely. Medical and vacation benefits are better than average. Technology provided to employees is adequate.

    Cons

    20 years ago, IBM was a wonderful place to work. Now, I cannot imagine thers is a large US company that is worse to their employees. IBM senior management views employees as depreciating assets, not as human beings. The LAST concern in the company is how moves and strategies will affect employees financially and morale-wise.

    The only area where senior management shows real innovation is in coming up with ways save money by taking things away from employees.  Recent Examples: replacement of lump sum pensions with 'enhanced' 401k contributions, 401k match moved to end-of-year, reduction of severance from a max of 6 months to only 1 month, the essential elimination of raises, elimination of the Thanks program.

    Mass firings (Resource Actions in IBM speak) are now a quarterly occurrence.  Employee morale and enthusiasm are incredibly low, most of us wondering when, not if, we will be fired. Work from home is being eliminated & many in the company are being given the choice of moving to an entirely new geographic location or losing their jobs.

    Senior management, starting with Ginni, is inept and rudderless. 19 consecutive quarters of negative growth with no signs of a turnaround in sight. They have completely abandoned IBM's core values. "Trust and Personal Responsibility in all relationships" is a punchline in the current environment.

    Advice to Management

    Bringing in outsiders to senior mangement is commendable, but when their only new idea is 'let's eliminate the one good thing about working for IBM, work flexibility, and force everyone into an office' it may be time to reassess things.


  4. "Overall assessment of IBM as an employer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Management Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Management Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing People
    Staggering range of capabilities
    Highly ethical company

    Cons

    Nothing is easy to accomplish in such a large company

    Advice to Management

    Nurture Wild Swans!


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Company falling apart."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Mobile and Strategy Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Mobile and Strategy Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working with really smart people as well as having a bevy of resources at your disposal. IBM sales training is great!

    Cons

    IBM is losing a foothold in the industry. We also do not do a good job of keeping everyone involved in all aspects of the business. Training is lacking.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job of finding strengths and utilizing them.


  6. "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


  7. "Consulting Division was a daily struggle against the forces of complacency and chaos..."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Open Systems Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Open Systems Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The check cashed and I consider that an upside.
    They don't call you much after hours which was a big upside having been on call for years.
    Everyone worked from home and that was made this place initially so attractive.
    When you don't have anything else to do at least you can read manuals or other tech documents and they have some really good ones.

    Cons

    No IBMer manager or employee would rock the boat to help the customer at all in my opinion.
    They would do whatever it took to ensure that their pay/benefits would continue another day.
    They seemed to have some processes so canned that they were painful and others totally without process at all.
    Teams and management seemed to struggle with the most trivial issues.
    Each group seemed to fight one another to the detriment of the customer at least in the group for which I was a consultant.

    Advice to Management

    Empower lower management to take steps to ensure the work gets done and problems get ironed out quickly and make sure they will not get fired for acting in good faith to solve issues. I saw a lot of unhappy customers while here and it all related to lower managements unwillingness to make the customer happy.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Delivery Manager/Senior Software Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Project Delivery Manager/Senior Software Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Consulting Company and Leader in all IT innovations

    Cons

    Growth is slow. Not much increase in compensation.


  9. "Used to be a great company, not anymore"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Support Specialist in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Technical Support Specialist in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Great working conditions. If you have a technical job that can be done remotely all you need is a computer, internet connection and a phone. I was able to do my job completely from home for the last year I was there. Prior to that we were only required to be in the physical office 2-3 days a week.

    Cons

    Management seemed to always be nervous about any changes from the top and it trickles down to the staff. When I was there, IBM seemed to cut staff every other quarter, especially if they have acquired the IT department of another company or state government. The point is, IBM does not care nor do they value the people quality people that work there. If your department is downsized, it does not matter how long you have been with the company and they make it difficult to transfer to other departments or accounts.

    Advice to Management

    Invest it the people here in the US and keep the jobs in the state. Go back to the great company you used to be and stop exporting jobs to technologist and call centers in other countries.


  10. "Talent Solutions and Workforce Analytics Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Career & Skills Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Career & Skills Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Great job Opportunities, great company for innovation.
    Diverse
    Global
    Challenging
    Autonomy
    Reward for project accomplishments
    Recognition
    Robust strategy
    Clear vision

    Cons

    You must own and chart your own career path.
    Large
    Navigate opportunities
    Navigate resources

    Advice to Management

    Get more funding for employee education.


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