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Updated October 5, 2018
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  1. "Operations Support Administrator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Support Administrator in Warwick, West Midlands, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Operations Support Administrator in Warwick, West Midlands, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Pay was good, parking facility, good and friendly environment, Variation of work

    Cons

    Travelling distance , in the winter months

    Advice to Management

    Good managers, door was always open to discuss any queries.


  2. "Experience is hugely dependent on service line, project etc."

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    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture of being supportive
    Great opportunities (large projects, big clients)
    Training is very good...

    Cons

    ...but can get canned in favour of utilisation!
    Not always a direct correlation between talent and progression
    Comparatively low pay

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on people and not always on what's in fashion or business results. Positive people = positive business results

  3. Helpful (1)

    "IBM Global Services"

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    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Warwick, West Midlands, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Warwick, West Midlands, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible working
    Access to extensive training
    Options for career development
    Challenging projects
    Generally great colleagues

    Cons

    Uncertain future
    Constant change that does not appear to deliver improvement
    Ongoing workforce reduction in UK
    Difficult to deliver projects due to e.g. resource constraints and excessive procurement time
    Low morale

    Advice to Management

    Don't keep telling staff everything is great when waves of redundancy have become the norm
    Agile adoption is a good thing but is not a panacea for everything and not always the best approach
    The internal structures and processes need fixing to allow staff to deliver better
    Too many empires and too much red tape


  4. "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


  5. "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


  6. "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


  7. "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.

  8. "Operations Analyst"

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    Current Contractor - Operations Analyst in Warwick, West Midlands, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Operations Analyst in Warwick, West Midlands, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    I have been in the IBM Mainframe and AS400 within Operation for the last 25 years.

    Cons

    Travelling to various destinations to fulfil the the work based on relocation

    Advice to Management

    Be positive and active at all times


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great people but too many managers who add little value"

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    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Warwick, West Midlands, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Warwick, West Midlands, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Colleagues who are always willing to help and share their expertise. Global network.

    Cons

    There are some great managers but generally speaking, most first line managers do not know how to motivate and engage their team members. They just get in the way. There are too many layers of management and second/ third-line managers are bean-counters, excel spreadsheet junkies who almost never see a client.

    Advice to Management

    Managers: please think about what value you are adding and how you are helping individuals grow in your team. Learn to look after your team.

    MDs/ VPs/ Directors/ GBS Partners: Please lower your egos. Its only a job and you are not above everyone else. Treat your team with respect. You are successful because of the teams and individuals you manage and not the other way around.


  10. "Mixed Bag"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Warwick, West Midlands, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Warwick, West Midlands, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to gain experience in a variety of roles, clients, sectors if you are prepared to be flexible

    Cons

    Promotion is difficult to achieve although steps have been taken in recent times to make the process a bit easier. However, the current process is only temporary whilst a long term process is being worked on.

    Advice to Management

    People Managers should only be in the role is they are genuinely interested in taking a vested interest in guiding and supporting their people. Too many see this as a a tick in the box exercise and in it for themselves. I have had some shocking line managers who have succeeded very well for themselves but not necessarily reflected in how they have grow their own people.


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