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Updated January 19, 2018
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  • sometimes work-life balance gets out of order (in 953 reviews)

  • Long hours like everwhere elses (in 451 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. "Isn't what it used to be"

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

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    IBM is filled with some of the best people ever who truly care about their coworkers and their work and the company.

    Cons

    Lost its way in services. Doesn't value employees in major markets. Invests nothing in education, training. Skills have stagnated if people don't seek out and fund their own educational pursuits. Unable to stay current in the industry since there is no travel, no funding to attend conferences or events.

    Advice to Management

    Start caring about your employees again instead of making them feel like a widget or that IBM is better off without them. Start making your employees feel like they are valued and appreciated again. Any one who has survived after this many rounds of layoffs is good and should feel valued. You make it very clear that you can't get rid of people fast enough.

  3. "Internal Auditor or Business Controls Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible Work Schedule and Health Benefits

    Cons

    Not enough PTO earned in the first 10 years of employement.


  4. "Healthcare Consultative Seller"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultative Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Consultative Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong brand recognition and some very smart people.

    Cons

    IBM has a very caustic culture. Reorgs every 6 months and focused on short term cost reductions and financial manipulation vs developing a strong culture, being relevant to their clients and prudently investing in solutions.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the market, what the clients need and know who your competition really is before you invest in R&D. This especially applies to Watson Health.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great learning opportunity, many jaded employees"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible with remote work, working with biggest names in industry

    Cons

    Lots of corporate policy, promotions are tough to come by


  6. "You can change your job without changing the Company!"

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    Current Employee - Workday Managing Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Workday Managing Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You can change your job without changing the Company! There are so many work opportunities in IBM on the technology field that could be use for a work refresh.

    Cons

    Departments don't have the ability to compensate employees based on their job duties in the market field, without first applying the overall compensation program which is not good.


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    "Used to Be a Great Place to Work"

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

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

    Pros

    Able to work from home
    Lots of vacation
    Good 401(k)

    Cons

    Not working with newer technologies
    All of your group has to be in the same IBM location
    Lots of big corporation red tape

    Advice to Management

    Stop giving yourself bonuses and raises and instead give it to the people that actually do the work.

  8. "Excellent Company who have made history"

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

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

    Pros

    Lot of opportunities to work on the cutting edge technology and upgrade your skills.

    Cons

    Very large organization sometimes you get lost with the changes happening all around

    Advice to Management

    Simplify the org structure and offering to provide a better view to the client.


  9. "CSE at IBM"

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    Current Employee - Client Solutions Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Client Solutions Executive in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and a huge client base to sell to. Constant innovation and customized client solutions.always able to find SMEs in just about any area.

    Cons

    IBM not doing well in competitive technology market. Some offerings well received by clients, others are hugely disappointing. Too many management levels.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Wasn't like it was"

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

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

    Pros

    The people are great. The quality of the IBMer in general is top notch. For the most part solid honest people. Compensation is fair and reasonable. We are attempting exciting things like Watson and a cognitive platform.

    Cons

    They seem determined to eliminate the north american employee. It was not what it was once. It has lost its way. It continues to believe it can cut its way to profitability. Instead of looking at the tremendous talent as an asset it seems to consider every 'body' a liability that can be replaced with technology or just done 'without'

    Advice to Management

    Time to remember its our customers that keep the lights on. Continuing to reduce our workforce well ahead of what technology can do is a bad business model.


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