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Updated August 15, 2018
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  1. "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


  2. "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

  3. "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


  4. "business transformation consultants"

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    Current Employee - Business Transformation Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Business Transformation Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Various Learning paths and big org

    Cons

    Nobody cares about your career path

    Advice to Management

    Please review each individual’s resume carefully


  5. "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.


  6. "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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "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

  8. "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


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Stay far far away! Toxic culture, lack of accountability, no company direction."

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Higher level positions supposedly pay very well, but I was not exposed to that.

    Cons

    The corporate culture isn't just toxic, it's nonexistent. At IBM, you are expected to put your head down and do your work, there is no collaboration. I received next to no training, and was expected to succeed immediately. If you don't, it's your own fault. I was a part of the Watson Health business unit, which is a total sinking ship. As many progressive companies move towards flexible work environments, IBM is moving further from it. In my 9 months in this position, I never once had any type of 1:1 or coaching from my manager to discuss performance, much less career goals. There is constant turnover for all of the aforementioned reasons, and as such, I had 4 different managers in my 9 month tenure. I can not stress enough, stay far far away. I regret to even give IBM 1 star.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees, understand what drives them, and what their career goals look like. These positions are not just talking heads to fill seats, these are valuable employees that want to do good for the company. But when there is no investment made in the employee, there is no motivation to do well for the company. FIX THE CORPORATE CULTURE


  10. "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


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