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Updated November 28, 2018
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  1. "Salary"

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    Current Employee - Advisory Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Advisory Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good company to work with.

    Cons

    not any as of now.


  2. "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

  3. "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


  4. Helpful (1)

    "GBS Consultant"

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

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

    Pros

    They provide good pay benefits

    Cons

    Poor job security, nobody cares about individual, “I’m too busy to care” culture, hard to grow

    Advice to Management

    Care more about culture


  5. "Great internship"

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    Former Intern - Technical Solutions Specialist (Summit) in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Technical Solutions Specialist (Summit) in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very fulfilling internship that lets you experience how sales operates at IBM
    Great travel and networking opportunities

    Cons

    Different host managers can lead to very different experiences


  6. "Sales Representative"

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

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

    Pros

    Great growth potential and a chance to learn complex solutions

    Cons

    it is a huge company that struggles against competitors


  7. "partner"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schaumburg, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    breadth of the company

    Cons

    too large to effectively transform quickly in this day and age

    Advice to Management

    too many layers

  8. "Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and products, you will need to build a internal network to succeed

    Cons

    It is a business, they look to make cuts to make the bottom line look better.

    Advice to Management

    Morale needs to be improved


  9. "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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "IBM Sales and Technical Sales - Great people, Challenging company"

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    Current Employee - Software Sales/Techsales in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Sales/Techsales in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, large network of smart professionals across sales, marketing, product, development labs, services. Great customers that respect IBM's historical business stature,

    Cons

    - Used to be a a company where you could re-invent yourself, switch jobs and develop yourself into completely new careers, across divisions and in new roles
    - Benefits program has become less attractive and less generous over time
    - Layoffs are pervasive and really mostly based on being in the wrong place at the wrong time, with many outstanding individuals layed off with 1 month severance regardless of years served
    - Great, truly awesome people leaving on their own terms because job security and cultural toxicity has exceeded acceptable levels
    - Product line has been mis-managed and is no longer competitive, with rare exceptions in some parts of Systems, Security, Watson, Analytics, Hybrid-cloud and Process Automation portfolios.
    - While immediate team members and in many cases immediate managers are great, truly top-notch professionals, there is so much outside of our control and outside of our 1st/2nd line managers' control, that the culture feels toxic in many ways
    - Used to be a great place to work and cultivate a career. Used to have job security. Use to be a place worth recruiting great people into. This is no longer the case.
    - Even if IBM is able to return to sustainable profitability and growth, the IBM professional family culture that was a big reason to stay has been lost, most likely forever.
    - Even if your management and executive chain believes in you, your client loves you, you have a stellar reputation and strong consistent results, no one is safe from an unexpected layoff.

    Advice to Management

    Retain top high performing talent.
    Have realistic expectations about what's worth selling and what clients will buy.
    Focus on business outcomes with clients vs. selling technology.
    Stop gutting product and dev lab teams, as they are our most valuable client satisfaction and solution consulting advantage


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