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Updated June 22, 2017
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  • You have to manage your work life balance or you'll end up doing the work of 2 or more people (in 850 reviews)

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  1. "I still like IBM 3 years in"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits package. Competitive salary. Willing to work with you to achieve your goals. Supports members of the LGBT community. Managers have always been helpful and supportive.

    Cons

    Can sometimes be slow to act because of internal administrative hurdles.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in making IBM a great place to work especially for the diverse communities within IBM.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "For Top performers IBM is a great place to be!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Leader in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Leader in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really smart talented hard working people
    Great Recognition events!
    Excellent benefits
    Wonderful training opportunities ( Harvard, Wharton)
    Aggressive commissions models for top performers

    Cons

    Lots of manual processes
    too much internal demand for time
    Hard to balance work life most times

    Advice to Management

    Stick with consistent coverage models- Client value people that know and trust- stop the 6 month territory changes

  3. "Enterprise Level company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Devops Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Devops Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of opportunities to strengthen your knowledge. IBM is a HUGE company, you can move around to a division/job that you like. It is more a ''SILO" kind of work. You will become Subject Matter Expert (SME) in your area and everybody is looking for you for your advice in that area.

    Cons

    Good or bad, it depends. a SILO is good for somebody that want to master something but the lack of knowledge in other areas.

    Advice to Management

    For the company that just bought by IBM, it's better to quickly adopt IBM culture. IBMers will have difficulties to 'understand' you unless you behave the same way like others.


  4. "IBM - Recognition"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Partner in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Partner in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A challenging environment driving innovation and excellence, which allows for growth and opportunities. Great recognition programs that motivate performance.

    Cons

    Demanding on a regular basis, never a dull moment. Sometimes need to carve our specific space and time to "think" versus react.

    Advice to Management

    Be aware of stress and demands, help teams manage priorities. While most managers are helpful, repetitive deadlines can take their toll.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Development Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Development Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Development Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM is run like separate businesses. We were allowed to continue our development after the acquisition.

    Cons

    Very formal processes and procedures. The overhead that was added to the development cycle took additional months to get the product to the customer. The cycle of RIF's was not in proportion to the profitability of the product.

    Advice to Management

    Reduction is Force actions will lead to the demise of the company.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "The Worst"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Get a paycheck and benefits

    Cons

    Constant layoffs always in before December so they don't have to give you the 401k company match since their new policy is to hold the match $ until December 30 and if you aren't on the payroll they keep it.
    Severance reduced to 1 month pay
    No wage increases and no bonuses
    Work from home being taken away from everyone
    Tuition reimbursement available but have yet to find out what groups actually get to benefit from it
    Very hard to move around or grow

    Advice to Management

    Don't reduce work force to the point people can't do their jobs. Care more about the customers and your employees than how big your next bonus is going to be.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Regional sales manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Oak Park, IL
    Former Employee - Sales in Oak Park, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great technology ! Keep up the good work.

    Cons

    Too Many chiefs . Free the Field from excessive QBR's.

    Advice to Management

    Transform fast ! Keep faith in your older workers.

  8. Helpful (9)

    "Cybersecurity Software Seller"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cybersecurity Software Seller in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Cybersecurity Software Seller in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent people and products. Talented SME's and specialists in every area of IT. Wide range of products.

    Cons

    Unbelievably complex and incoherent management process. Lots of empty suits. Low morale with ongoing layoffs of talented and experienced people. The company is slow to react - to customers and industry. Many software products are too complex to be useful to anyone but the most sophisticated enterprises.

    Advice to Management

    Save your sellers and SME's - prune the management.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Collaboration Solutions Technical Sales"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Sales Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Sales Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Challenging work environment. Great for self-starters and motivated people. "Could" be opportunity for career growth.

    Cons

    Current organizational trends are limiting career growth. Lack of direction for the brand, and no cohesive go to market message. Selling disjointed point solutions instead of solutions that fit best for the customer.

    Advice to Management

    Stop limiting career growth for people with the desire to succeed. Need to stop shuffling people around and changing the faces clients see.


  10. "Have to look out for number 1"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IBM GBS Consulting By Degrees Entry Level Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - IBM GBS Consulting By Degrees Entry Level Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wide range of potential roles/experiences, generous pay, travel perks

    Cons

    The only one looking out for you will be you, nearly impossible to get aligned with your interests, easily pigeonholed


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