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IBM Chicago Reviews

Updated July 18, 2018
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  • "At times difficult work life balance" (in 1011 reviews)

  • "Long Hours suck sometimes but not too bad" (in 474 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    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. "Great Internship"

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    Current Intern - Technical Solutions Sales in Chicago, IL
    Current Intern - Technical Solutions Sales in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great learning experience, fair pay, great management

    Cons

    Not much need to come into the office. Most full times work from home.

  3. "IBM services division is not a great place to be noticed"

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    Former Employee - IT Spe in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - IT Spe in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Travel (if you like that)
    - If you are skilled and well known in certain circles, there are many interesting projects to choose from
    - Good benefits

    Cons

    - Travel (if you don't like that)
    - If you're new or tend to keep to yourself, you may end up on projects that are uninteresting or failing
    - You are a cog and with the matrix management system you don't always get noticed outside of your immediate project.
    - You are not always rewarded by how good your performance is on a particular project. For instance, on a well run project with a good team, you may not require a lot of overtime. Since billable hours are what gets noticed, a poor performer on a bad project might bill 70 hours per week and therefore get rewarded over you at the end of the year.
    - Difficult and time consuming to get promotions


  4. "Business Strategy Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Powerful technological company that has many opportunities to learn from proven tech leaders.

    Cons

    Extremely large company in which you can easily feel lost due to bureaucracy and disorganization

    Advice to Management

    Invest in organization and furthering growth in youth


  5. "Sales Rep"

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

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

    Pros

    Has been around for 100+ years

    Cons

    Alot of lay offs that had a major affect on customer service

    Advice to Management

    Keep good people


  6. Helpful (2)

    "IBM Sales"

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    Current Employee - Services Client Representative in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Services Client Representative in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - IBM gives mobile employees incredible freedom to work from home or from an IBM office
    - IBM generally pays fairly well, but most IBMers are on a leveraged sales quota plan that can vary widely depending on sales success.
    - If you enjoy travel, IBM offers plenty of opportunity to travel.
    - IBM provides employees with many options for devices: Apple products - including MacBooks, iPhones & iPads; Lenovo laptops, and B.Y.O.D. options for phone.
    - IBM places a high value on mentoring; there are opportunities to get involved with formal mentor programs and IBMers tend to be very open to "unofficial" mentoring relationships for those seeking advice/guidance in their career

    Cons

    - IBM is a highly sales-driven organization and pressure from the top-down has created an ultra-competitive environment that sometimes feels like "everyone for themselves."
    - Job security isn't super strong: Re-organizations and realignments are commonplace and "resource actions" (aka - down sizing) are not uncommon either.
    - IBM talks a lot about "career mobility," but doesn't always "practice what they preach."


  7. "Lots of Resource Actions (Layoffs)"

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

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

    Pros

    people
    1st line managers
    teaming
    worklife balance
    name recognition

    Cons

    falling behind in technology
    poor support
    divesting certain products
    lots of organizational changes each year
    revenues declining

    Advice to Management

    Focus on keeping your important customers. Annual org changes in the sales team don't allow for long-term account relationship building.

  8. "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


  9. "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.


  10. "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


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