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IBM Chicago Reviews

Updated March 19, 2019
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  • "Work life balance especially to new mothers" (in 1085 reviews)

  • "Low Salary growth in comparison" (in 528 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work with extremley talented people"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - X-Force Red- Penetration Tester in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - X-Force Red- Penetration Tester in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Work from home, diverse engagements, flexible working conditions, great team, extremely bright people to bounce ideas off of.

    Cons

    On-going training or continuous education isn't very formalized. The testers are fairly autonomous without too much directional guidance from management.

    Advice to Management

    Help guide employees and create clear goals and objectives for their development.


  2. "Work style"

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    Former Employee - Associate Partner in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate Partner in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exposure to new technology, learning and large scale project experience

    Cons

    Bonus and salary rise not great due to declining growth

  3. "Not a great place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Good people
    Interesting long-term projects

    Cons

    No structure, lack of defined culture


  4. "Too Much Downsizes"

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    Former Employee - Client Services Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Client Services Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great clients
    Flexibility
    Employees don’t have ownership of their work

    Cons

    Disorganized
    Continual downsizing
    Poor proactive training


  5. "Great Services corporation to work with"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Knowledge base and people, continuous innovation

    Cons

    sometime could be bureaucratic


  6. "Great People, Great Work, Flawed System"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Allows someone to perform great work around great people, given that they're able to navigate Big Blue

    Cons

    Easy to get lost and a tragically flawed and inefficient system

    Advice to Management

    Systems do not replace the human elements of good management.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "what is good working @ IBM"

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    Current Employee - Integration Architect in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Integration Architect in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    exposure to large customers and IT business decisions on enterprise scale
    wast of intellectual capital
    work and life balance

    Cons

    low level of employee appreciation. frequent arbitrary resource actions . senseless drive to decrease cost of services without consideration of quality.

  8. "1-1-2019 Changed benefits package"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have current technology you can learn about.

    Cons

    They removed HMO as an insurance option, only high deductible PPO now. I can’t get cortisone injection, can’t get my prescriptions because of high costs. How can they do this with a good conscious. I guess they made a deal to close a sale with Anthem.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your US employees


  9. Helpful (1)

    "IBM was great till they decide stock price was important then customers."

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    Current Employee - Field Service Technician in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Field Service Technician in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Upper Management only thinks of you as a # and you are disposable

    Cons

    Hours and managment are terrible

    Advice to Management

    Stop micro managing


  10. "Great company with many learning opportunities"

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    Former Intern - Technical Solutions in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Technical Solutions in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    learning opportunities everywhere
    everyone is willing to help
    room to build network
    self-initiative pays off

    Cons

    typical large corp and you're not always staffed on projects


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