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IBM Birmingham Reviews

Updated March 22, 2018
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  1. "Business Consulting"

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Management Consultant in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Business Management Consultant in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Talented Resource pool with high skillsets
    Knowledge warehouse
    Gender diversity

    Cons

    Clow career growth
    Poor bonus structure

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. "Not what I thought it was"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    working with brilliant minds from all over UK

    Cons

    pay is not good, if you want a pay rise you have to apply for a promotion every year which can be rejected depending on how the profits are
    Very little career progression and close to zero training opportunities
    A boys club,
    When it comes to diversity and inclusion , IBM rates very low. Its either their way or you will be pushed out.
    I would actually be interested in seeing the gender pay gap for the company

    Advice to Management

    Focus on career development for the people that work there, be more tolerant of diverse groups of people

  3. "cyber"

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    Former Employee - Cyber Security Consultant in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Cyber Security Consultant in Birmingham, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    No Pros at all really

    Cons

    Using interns as full time staff, once they have finished their internship they don't get a good paid job and another intern replaces them, cheap for company

    Advice to Management

    None


  4. "Last one out......"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They do keep paying those of us who're left.

    Cons

    Rapidly declining organisation in the UK with multiple redundancy programmes running concurrently. Even if you're not directly impacted, the organisation which is left offers minimal career opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    How ever right the long term strategy is (and I do believe it is), there will need to be some sort of organisation left to deliver it. Too many knee jerk decisions from on-high with less than zero consideration of the impact, both immediate and long term.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Remote working. Professional colleagues. Respect for the Individual, Great prospects (all now in the past).
    Current.....IBM showing on my CV.

    Cons

    Current: No respect for the individual, Cost cutting to detriment of individual. If not in London, they do not seem interested in you. I was there for 20+ years and RA'd with Stat minimum which for what was once such a fine organisation is poor treatment.

    Advice to Management

    Bring back respect for the individual. Practice what you preach as there seems one rule for Execs and another for rest.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Huge corporate monolith, too much politics and too many mini-empires..."

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    Current Employee - IT Architect in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Architect in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance. Meet interesting diverse people, on the phone :-) People you work with directly are all great..

    Cons

    IBM invented Bullmerde bingo. High Performance culture rewards top 10% year after year to the detriment of everyone else - who actually do the real work - instead of spending majority of the time telling everyone how wonderful they are... Company takes advantage of their employees with expectation of working extra hours that are not compensated with overtime payments.

    Advice to Management

    If you make huuuuge record profits be a bit more generous with your employees. Stop threatening all employees with cheap GR resources, all the time.


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