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IBM Atlanta Reviews

Updated August 7, 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 880 reviews)

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  1. "Outside Sales"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Executive in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Executive in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A great place to advance your career with many different options.

    Cons

    It's very difficult to get up running. You have to really work at getting to know all your internal contacts on your own. Most managers just don't have the time to help you.

    Advice to Management

    Make the time to help your employees when they need it.


  2. "Lost Pride."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Sr Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Smyrna, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Smyrna, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Previous to the last 7 years Respected as an individual- work life balance- thank yous and rewards for hard work

    Cons

    No work life balance more of a sweat shop mentality No rewards or Thank You's Everyone must work in the office now. 20+ years later they are laying off in droves all the hardworking and talented people that gave so much to the company with a months severence. No respect for the individual you have managers talking among themselves about your personal issues-supposedly to be protected by HIPPA.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management does not care its all about the money for them Lower Management removed from employees because of pressure from the top to snap the whips on the employee


  4. "Financial Analyst"

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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


  5. "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


  6. Helpful (2)

    "How the mighty have fallen"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. "Overall assessment of IBM as an employer"

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    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!

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Company falling apart."

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. "Work life balance not as advertised"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


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