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IBM Chicago Reviews

Updated October 9, 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 916 reviews)

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  1. "Business Unit Executive"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Unit Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Business Unit Executive in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Innovation
    - Great Team work
    - Lot of opportunities

    Cons

    - Big company
    - Avg person will get lost


  2. "A once great company that has gone down the tubes..."

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    Former Employee - Chief Architect in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Chief Architect in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits with low premiums if only insuring self. The work culture is good if employees are willing to be located at one of the strategic work locations, but work/life balance and flexibility is starting to decrease from what it was 10 or 20 years ago.

    Cons

    The company has fostered a culture of employees constantly looking over their shoulders to see if they will be next on the current round of layoffs. Layoffs (or "Resource Actions" as IBM likes to so eloquently phrase it) occur two to three times a year for the past 8 years. The company's overall business strategy is unclear and constantly changing, and it is hard to pinpoint just what service or product receives clear priority in their strategy. Base pay increases (raises) from year to year are very low at 1% to 2% and bonuses (when an employee gets them) are usually no more than about 1% to 2%.

    Advice to Management

    Protect your employees and push back on the executive leadership to work towards a more solid, clear business strategy.

  3. "Awesome place to work - IBM Cloud object storage, Chicago"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very helpful colleagues, good environment to learn and grow, scope for creativity and innovation, individual ideas and thoughts are encouraged

    Cons

    Not actually a con, but employees should always be proactive and ready to work longer to reach deadlines


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Service Availability Manager"

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    Current Employee - Service Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Service Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people. Some are lucky enough to leave on their own terms.

    Cons

    Very rare to get raises or promotions. Always cutting staff to the bone and offshoring jobs.

    Advice to Management

    You cannot cut your way to prosperity. Your employees can be your best asset if you take care of them.


  5. "Going through culture shift."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Diversity, opportunity, and career growth

    Cons

    Transformation of back to the office. Reverse change of culture.


  6. "Sales Management."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and many growth opportunities any years ago. Now it is just not the case. Poor company direction.

    Cons

    The last 5 years produced SO much stress and inconsistent direction, Very disruptive and just not a pleasant environment. Poor training of new employees. There was so much change so often it was very hard to be productive. Low morale.

    Advice to Management

    Be interested in employees careers. Have a good outlook and be encouraging to those who are producing. It use to be a great place to work- the best.


  7. "Project Manager (IBM Global Services)"

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    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Talented Teams, Remote position flexibility

    Cons

    IBM treats contractors -- and from what I understand, perm employees as well -- as a liability. When IBM needs to improve numbers, they trim the head count; they seem to be reactive to market conditions (example: a recent stock sell-off by a prominent shareholder resulted in moving remote workers to offices and a cut in head count.) I worked for IBM for 7 years-- finally: enough is enough.

    Advice to Management

    Retain your workers (employees and contractors)

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Typical pros and cons of a huge, old company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of resources available, brand recognition (although the brand value is waning), some cool projects/people. If you get lucky with your teams and projects, it's awesome. If not, well.....

    Cons

    For every great coworker there's at least another incompetent or misguided one. Lots of inefficiency. Some projects that are doomed to fail.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Digital sales"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Second most recognized name in the world. High profile name, been around for a long time. Cutting edge in technology.

    Cons

    Too many layers of upper management who do not have any grasp of all the different business units. There strategy is one size fits all. Now they are messing around with our commissions.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time and learn each business unit before implementing metrics. I don't mess around with our commission. Let the managers manage. PLEASE!!!


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Is big too big?"

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    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for, lots of opportunities!

    Cons

    Hard to navigate in such a big company

    IBM Response

    Jul 17, 2017 – VP, Communications

    Thanks for taking the time to write and provide a positive five star review. Indeed we agree that there are lots of opportunities inside the company. We're hoping that the new Career Conversations... More


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