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Updated June 19, 2018
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  • "Bad work life balance in the company" (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. "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

  3. "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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "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."


  5. "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


  6. "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.


  7. "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

  8. 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.


  9. "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.


  10. "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.


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