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Updated December 29, 2017
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  1. "Internal Auditor or Business Controls Specialist"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible Work Schedule and Health Benefits

    Cons

    Not enough PTO earned in the first 10 years of employement.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great learning opportunity, many jaded employees"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible with remote work, working with biggest names in industry

    Cons

    Lots of corporate policy, promotions are tough to come by

  3. "You can change your job without changing the Company!"

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    Current Employee - Workday Managing Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Workday Managing Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You can change your job without changing the Company! There are so many work opportunities in IBM on the technology field that could be use for a work refresh.

    Cons

    Departments don't have the ability to compensate employees based on their job duties in the market field, without first applying the overall compensation program which is not good.


  4. "Excellent Company who have made history"

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    Current Employee - Senior Portfolio Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Portfolio Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lot of opportunities to work on the cutting edge technology and upgrade your skills.

    Cons

    Very large organization sometimes you get lost with the changes happening all around

    Advice to Management

    Simplify the org structure and offering to provide a better view to the client.


  5. "How is IBM"

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    Current Employee - Database Administrator in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Database Administrator in Schaumburg, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work. Lot of things a person can learn with great career opportunities

    Cons

    The pay grade is much lesser compared to market


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Typical pros and cons of a huge, old company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior 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

    Lots of resources available, brand recognition (although the brand value is waning), some cool projects/people. If you get lucky with your teams and projects, it's awesome. If not, well.....

    Cons

    For every great coworker there's at least another incompetent or misguided one. Lots of inefficiency. Some projects that are doomed to fail.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "New 2 Blue"

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    Current Employee - Cognitive Process Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Cognitive Process Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM doesn't skimp on investment in its organizational structure and does a great job on boarding new employees. There is plenty of good information online for getting started and IBM.

    Cons

    None yet so far It's good place to start hopefully I will find that I have a long career ahead

    IBM Response

    Jul 17, 2017 – VP, Communications

    We're so glad that you took the time to write this review and more importantly that you chose to come to IBM! We wish you every success in your IBM career.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Couldn't Be a Better Place to Start Your Career"

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    Current Employee - Client Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Client Executive in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    IBM's training program is highly regarded in all industries, not just IT. Spend 2 years here, and you can go nearly anywhere you want.

    Cons

    Not optimal for those who have worked here for 15+ years. IBM is noticeably working to bring down the age of its workforce.

    Advice to Management

    Don't manage the attrition by spreadsheets and bean counters. In some cases, you're throwing the baby out with the bathwater. We still need some of those old timers to show the new kids the ropes.


  9. "Enterprise Level company"

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    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.


  10. "IBM - Recognition"

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    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.


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