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IBM Birmingham Reviews

Updated August 3, 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 929 reviews)

  • Long hours like everwhere elses (in 442 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Nat'l Sales Manager"

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    Former Employee - National Sales Manager in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - National Sales Manager in Birmingham, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really Smart People in functional areas

    Cons

    Poor executive management, out of touch with customers, not interested in hearing the truth or pleasing customers as we did years ago !!!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Enterprise Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Enterprise Account Executive in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Enterprise Account Executive in Birmingham, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people for the most part to work with on internal teams as well as clients. Working from home is great as well.

    Cons

    Everyone works in fear of losing their jobs and it is terrible for morale. They get rid of people and don't replace them so less sales support.

  3. "Saw great possibilities at first, frustrated by klack of advancement at the end"

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    Former Employee - Customer Engineer in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Customer Engineer in Birmingham, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great training & experience not found elsewhere.

    Cons

    Work life balance, too many cutbacks no security, no advancement opportunities. Just another job at another place & you leave when the perks quit coming.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees. We are not just . Another number on a spreadsheet.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Not my fathers IBM"

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    Former Employee - Client Executive in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Client Executive in Birmingham, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people I worked with were some of the finest I have ever met and I made some friends for life.
    Great training and could pretty much go to as much as I wanted.

    Cons

    No raises. Unreasonable Quota increases. Constant threat of being laid off. IBM has been chasing EPS at the cost of its employees and customers. I still cant figure out how IBM expects to have a good 4Q after repurposing 500 of its Enterprise Customer Sales Reps and not backfilling the positions for over 9 months now.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in correcting employee moral and compensate fairly. Care about your customers again.


  5. "Awesome."

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    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Birmingham, AL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work at home, travel the world.

    Cons

    IBM = I BY MYSELF.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "You can do better elsewhere."

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    Former Employee - Systems Services Representative in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Systems Services Representative in Birmingham, AL
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Experience and exposure to all types of businesses and situations.Training that used to be second to none.It still looks good on your resume to have a stint with IBM. Benefits are a little better than smaller companies but have been shrinking.You might get lucky and wind up in a situation where promotion or growth is possible.

    Cons

    No advancement potential, very top heavy in management, too much supervision when it is not necessary. Management roulette practiced by the company, you have a different manager every 6-9 months and rarely get to know their hot buttons. The company is a bureaucracy out of control and rarely changes its ineffiecent procedures.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to and respect your employees. Streamlone you operations.


  7. "IBM. An original curate's egg?"

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    Current Employee - Project Executive in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Project Executive in Birmingham, AL
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Whilst promotion is often terrible if you stay in the same job group, IBM is such a large company that there is always an opportunity to move elsewhere if you're prepared to step out of the 'comfort zone'
    The support from your colleagues and team members is usually excellent and wherever possible there is a great deal of flexibility in hours and locations worked.

    Cons

    Its a large company... The same thing that makes for a wide range of job options has also meant that the company is suffering from excessive red tape and is frequently far too process led.

    Advice to Management

    Flatten the hierachy and get ALL management much nearer the customers. Before introducing yet another process/rule, check what difference it'll make to the poor customers trying to do business with us.


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