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Updated October 6, 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 929 reviews)

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  1. "Business Unit Executive"

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    Current Employee - Business Unit Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Business Unit Executive in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Innovation
    - Great Team work
    - Lot of opportunities

    Cons

    - Big company
    - Avg person will get lost


  2. "Awesome place to work - IBM Cloud object storage, Chicago"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very helpful colleagues, good environment to learn and grow, scope for creativity and innovation, individual ideas and thoughts are encouraged

    Cons

    Not actually a con, but employees should always be proactive and ready to work longer to reach deadlines

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Is big too big?"

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    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for, lots of opportunities!

    Cons

    Hard to navigate in such a big company

    IBM Response

    Jul 17, 2017 – VP, Communications

    Thanks for taking the time to write and provide a positive five star review. Indeed we agree that there are lots of opportunities inside the company. We're hoping that the new Career Conversations... More


  4. Helpful (2)

    "IBM is big on customer satisfaction"

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

    I worked at IBM (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    IBM culture was based on customer satisfaction and customer oriented selling. we were taught that customer needs were always be considered first during interaction.

    Cons

    Oftentimes bureaucratic when trying to get things done

    Advice to Management

    Streamline the red tape, especially when an associate is acting on behalf of a customer.

    IBM Response

    Jul 17, 2017 – VP, Communications

    Love the advocacy for the client! Thank you for taking the time to point out that we need to simplify processes even more to do right by our client base. We hear you.This is why we've established... More


  5. "Hundred Percent Club"

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    Current Employee - Cloud Sales Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Cloud Sales Executive in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM's Hundred Percent Club is truly a first class event. Definitely a very positive intangible perk for all the hard work we put in as sales people. IBM's overall strategy and capabilities drive real business benefits.

    Cons

    There is lots of change at IBM. Change is inevitable and necessary so you will need to keep a positive attitude about it. If you can't this might not be the best fit for you.

    Advice to Management

    Minimize the changes that disrupt client continuity.


  6. "I still like IBM 3 years in"

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    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

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

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    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

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Regional sales manager"

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    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing Career Opportunities as You Progress in Life"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As I progressed through life and my 30 years at IBM, my job interests changed. IBM has so many career opportunities and remains so current, that I was able to move from engineering to project management to consulting to sales and to human resources, each job building on the skills I developed from the previous role. And, I was able to do this within the same IBM family. Leadership development is also a great advantage, allowing me to take on exciting and challenging assignments to prepare for the next phase of my career. I made the right choice.

    Cons

    There is too little time in life to be able to experience all the career opportunities that IBM has to offer.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on staying relevant and providing opportunities to those with the ambition to move the company in the right direction.


  10. "Excellent Company to Work For"

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    Current Employee - Sales Training in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Training in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Investment IBM makes in New employees. I came straight out of undergrad and started working at IBM. I was trained for 6 months and paid very very well to learn. Not many companies invest in their employees the way IBM does

    Cons

    Sometimes Slow to move, Hiring managers, HR, and First Line Managers are not always in sync. Very understandable for a company of this size

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing Ginni!


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