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IBM Chicago Reviews

Updated May 17, 2018
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  • Bad work life balance in the company (in 999 reviews)

  • Have to work long hours at lower levels (in 469 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities to grow within the company. Impactful work. Great pay and benefits. Lots of company pride.

    Cons

    Lack of work/life balance at times. Regular lay-offs over the past few years.


  2. "IBM Consultant"

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

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

    Pros

    Cool company to work for

    Cons

    It is all about the bottom line

  3. "Forward thinking and cutting edge technology"

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well know company for technological breakthroughs. Develops next generation AI, Quantum Computing, and Cloud systems. Pretty agile for a large company.

    Cons

    Extremely large company that isn't as flexible as it could be. Lots of decisions are not made at the first line manager level which decreases the ability to individually manage employees.


  4. "Venerable, Good Pay, Smart, Too much shifting of strategy and accounts"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Venerable, Good Pay, Smart people

    Cons

    Too much shifting of strategy and accounts

    Advice to Management

    Too many execs and over-matrixed


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Used to be great, but now kind of scary"

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

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

    Pros

    Always new technology and ideas to work on. You can do pretty much whatever you want, learn whatever you want - as long as you make money for the company. You can have a long career in various roles within the company. Very flexible work/life - lots of remote workers.

    Cons

    In the last couple years, IBM has been doing tons of layoffs. They are chopping here and there, whatever is needed to make the quarterly earnings report look good. They have lost a lot of great people. At the same time, they are hiring people like mad too. There are constant re-orgs. Don't be surprised if your manager changes every year. And perhaps the name of your organization too. You can do fine there.. but you could get randomly hit too. Just be careful and always be prepared.

    Advice to Management

    People make IBM. Not earnings reports. Invest in the people, keep the people happy. Come up with a long term strategy. Stop doing re-orgs so you can actually follow through on the strategy.


  6. "CbD Program"

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

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

    Pros

    Broad variety of projects and solutions to work on. Have the potential to work on very interesting cutting edge technology.

    Cons

    Company is very big and bureaucratic. You can very easily get stuck on a project you don't like. It's hard to navigate, harder to get anything done. The company is so big they don't really care about you as an individual.


  7. "Sales"

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Smart People. Access to wide resources to support sales

    Cons

    shrinking workforce and rolling reductions in force in the sales team.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "IBM is not what it used to be"

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    Former Employee - Presales Solutions Architect in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Presales Solutions Architect in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    "Some" very good people to work with. The products used to be good, but now it feels like they should be in hospice.

    Cons

    Much of the upper-middle and upper management are only trying to get their next promotion.

    The result is that very shortsighted decisions get made and often hurt the products, integrations and the people building/selling them.

    MVP is a common phrase now with Product Dev/Mgmt --- this is not referring to Most Valuable Process. MVP refers to Minimal Viable Product and they rarely meet this MVP requirement.

    The amount of middle-management headcount through most of IBM is surprising. There were 4 mid-tier managers that had no direct reports in our reasonably small territory. IBM also chose to cut people that were genuinely doing work and adding value instead of repurposing spreadsheets.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the amount of non-value add management.
    Don't be afraid to push back on upper-management when you feel you are doing the right thing.
    Look beyond the current quarter.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Hybrid Cloud Specialist"

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

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

    Pros

    Nothing good to say here.

    Cons

    Do not value experienced older workers. Churn and Burn sales culture. Only want people who agree with managers, do not want Challengers. First line managers are useless offer no value and no leadership. Early career professionals are preferred over experience sellers because they are cheaper but much Dumber.

    Advice to Management

    Fire Ginni and all senior-level executives immediately. Problem is not execution by Salesforce. Problem is execution by Senior Management.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Dismal Bonus"

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

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

    Pros

    Work from home. The last true benefit that sets IBM apart (if you are lucky enough to have such a position). All the rest is average.

    Cons

    The annual Growth Driven Profit Sharing is dismal, insulting, and ridiculous.

    Advice to Management

    IBM should be embarrassed to call what they hand out today a bonus. You ask your employees to go above and beyond every day, but when it comes time to reward and share the spoils IBM sorely disappoints. Profit Sharing gets a grade of "F". They are "transforming" everything in the company except the compensation. It really is time to share some of the profit with the employees.


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