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IBM Charlotte Reviews

Updated August 11, 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 896 reviews)

  • Long hours required during peak work periods (in 432 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Big data consultant"

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    Former Employee - Big Data Engineer in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Big Data Engineer in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Creativity , some of awesome supportive manager for your work, gr8 place to explore new technology.

    Cons

    Better not to interact ppl who does politics and take your work credit and if anything goes wrong such ppl point to you

    Advice to Management

    Only I see 30% of team member work and not some managers and Sr. Managers don't give credit.

    If Managers is at onsite... They don't carry who are you and how good you are.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Worst company I've worked at in 20 years of IT"

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    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    At least it is a job.

    Cons

    Very disorganized structure or maybe It's just vague by design.
    Products are overly complex and doesn't hold up to competitors.
    IBM just barly meets SLAs with customers, or doesn't meet SLA and tries to cover it up.
    No upward mobility for technicians. Several lay-offs a year. Regularly furloughs contractors. No raises and bonuses are very small and rare or non-existant. Yearly training requirements but it doesn't increase upward mobility or reward employee monetarily.

    Advice to Management

    IBM needs to acknowledge the fact that their employees are the companies bread and butter. Make money by doing better work or making better products, not by slashing overhead i.e. shrink resources.
    Treat employees as assets and that will reflect in their quality of work. Do right by your customers instead of the bare minimum.
    Make managers and teams more permanent because constant restructuring does not allow for any team building. Tasks that should take minutes to complete take days because no one knows who does what job. Currently don't even know who my direct supervisor is and I just found out that I have a new People Manager. That's my 6th one in the last 4 years at the same job.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Business Unit Executive"

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    Current Employee - Business Unit Executive in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Business Unit Executive in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large company with sound technology and multiple career paths.

    Cons

    Very weak senior leadership who are more focused on acting like they know about transactions than leading.

    Advice to Management

    Take a customer first view and make yourself relevant instead of just doing cadence calls.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Account Manager/Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager/Project Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Account Manager/Project Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility has been great, but things are getting worse. We just were told we had to move, or lose our job.

    Cons

    We have now been told we have to move or lose our job.

    Advice to Management

    Start caring about your employees. Match market pay, go back to a better work life balance and allowing remote for Marketing. The reason we are failing, is everything is concentrated on our stock price, while nothing is being done to keep and make your employees happy.


  5. "The new IBM"

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    Current Employee - Technical Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Technical Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM is truly transforming into the cloud industry leader- combined with its cutting-edge Cognitive computing / AI work with Watson, it is an exciting time to be here.

    Cons

    It is a huge company, so the normal administrative layers/stuff/pain associated with working at a huge company is real.

    Advice to Management

    We will be looking for more great management leaders as we re-invent the company.


  6. "Too many accountants and lawyers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits! Although benefits have eroded over time, they are still highly competitive. There is room to build your own business unit over time (I did!)

    Cons

    IBM used to be an outstanding company to work for... And, it could still be. But management believes labor to be a variable cost of doing consulting. When in fact, it is a fixed cost of doing business. You just can't lay off wave after wave of people and expect revenues to rise. Get rid of half of your accountants and lawyers and life will be much better.

    Advice to Management

    See "Cons". Don't let lawyers and accountants run the company. Run it like a business. Talk to employees about where you see the business growing. Give them a sense of ownership in the business. And, for Gosh Sakes, get rid of the "Partner" mentality in the consulting unit....


  7. "Delivery Executive Talent Acquisition"

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    Current Employee - Delivery Executive Talent Acquisition in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Delivery Executive Talent Acquisition in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Innovative
    cutting edge
    Rich in resources and expertise

    Cons

    A very large company so difficult to understand everything about IBM.

  8. "frustrating"

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    Former Employee - Sales Role in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Sales Role in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    working with large accounts, dwindling prestige

    Cons

    on boarding, training etc. are virtually non existent, processes and systems are overly complicated and unique to IBM versus industry norms, takes too many people to accomplish simple tasks. Technical support almost exclusively overseas

    Advice to Management

    eliminate all of the barriers to success and limited productivity


  9. "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Team work and career growth

    Cons

    I don't find any problem.

    Advice to Management

    Management is doing good.


  10. "Managing Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    A strong consulting firm with a large client base

    Cons

    Should invest more in their employees. At present, they just lay off people whose skills are not needed. Re-training would be very beneficial instead

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on the consulting business.


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