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Updated May 21, 2017
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  1. "IBM is a solid place to have a carerer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IBM Sales Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - IBM Sales Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Overall a great place to work: benefits, lifestyle, proud to be an IBMer

    Cons

    Big company issues; Bureaucracy is rampant as it is in most big companies.

    Advice to Management

    Better communications to the troops would be helpful. Too much reliance on instant messaging and not enough face to face communications.


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    "IBM is a great place to work if you are patient"

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

    Pros

    Excellent learning opportunities and very supportive culture. This company does a very good job of capturing knowledge and promoting continuous education. Time and learning materials are provided to employees and you are given the freedom to direct your learning activities as you desire to reach your personal career goals. If you like travel, learning and people then you will like this job

    Cons

    bureaucratic advancement scheme and occasionally a lack of challenging work. It can be difficult when you come off of a high paced project and don't immediately have a new project to begin. This, however provides a good opportunity to support knowledge sharing and take some courses.

    Advice to Management

    Try to give the talented employees more challenges so that we can provide greater client value. Give higher weight to an MBA (especially a full time MBA


  3. "IBM"

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    Former Employee - Business Development Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Business Development Executive in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Extensive knowledge pool of talented individuals to learn from. Brightest minds in the tech industry. Great benefits and opportunities for professional growth

    Cons

    Slow moving boat ,and not enough decision making abilities given at mid-management level.

    Advice to Management

    IBM's biggest asset is it's people - don't lose sight of that.


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  5. "I built sales pipeline for a software company acquired by IBM in 2006."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    In a sales function, the name IBM certainly opens doors with prospective clients; they're more willing to listen. There is more than enough training in all aspects: function, product, industry. I enjoyed and miss working with smart and dedicated professionals. Direct management that I experienced was fair and reasonable. Lots of fun networking opportunities in major cities.

    Cons

    Things move relatively slow in a large organization and consequently enthusiasm can lose steam. On the other hand, a recent reorganization in sales and marketing swiftly cut thousands of positions. Once hired, if you want to stay with IBM, learn as much as possible, keep your eyes and ears open, and network like crazy to secure your next position.

    Advice to Management

    I appreciated the opportunity to work at IBM, and I hope I'm given another opportunity to work there again in the future.


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    "Like a dreamland!"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Incredibly knowledgeable people
    Tons of resources available to explore and learn from
    All sorts of opportunities, if you look for them
    People are willing to help
    Loads of fun!
    Huge amounts of technical variety
    Very diverse workgroups

    Cons

    Intimidatingly large
    Managers are very needy
    Too much may be expected
    Bad teams get your credit shared to them
    You may just be mixed in with the rest

    Advice to Management

    Cut back on the sheer number of manager titles out there, and let them know that they have weight to pull too!


  7. "IBM is a rewarding, challenging, innovative and flexible place to work with great colleagues and customers."

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    Current Employee - Senior Certified IT Specialist Software Techsales in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Certified IT Specialist Software Techsales in Chicago, IL
    Recommends

    Pros

    IBM enables highly motivated individuals to flourish and cultivate rich rewarding careers. High value employees are given the opportunity to thrive in narrow and broad pursuits, across specific disciplines, professions and management paths, depending on the best fit. The company culture is predominantly solid and founded on respect for the individual, innovation, high performance and excellence. IBM rewards top performers with the opportunity to excel technically, professionally and financially. Skills development, work-life-balance and career opportunities abound. No company is perfect, but at IBM the good far outweighs the bad.

    Cons

    Any company that is large enough and diverse enough to cultivate sophisticated products, services and talent has the potential to be complex. It took me >5 years to fully acclimate to IBM's vast network of talent, technology and organizations. Once acclimated, however, the vastness of talent and capability at IBM is by far a net positive to anyone's career aspirations and daily moral.

    Advice to Management

    At any company as large as IBM there is the potential to loose great people if proper and focused retention plans are not adequately funded and applied efficiently. IBM Management needs to do a better job of proactively compensating and nurturing top performers to guard against great people leaving IBM and/or getting burned out.


  8. "Undergrad university hire straight for college and had higher expectations for IBM as a top consultancy."

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

    Pros

    working for a big, global company, participation on Smarter Planet projects, resource manager helps you find projects, leveraging previous IBM assets and tools make work easier and quicker, some big offices (Chicago, NYC, DC, Boston, Dallas) have a good sense of community and plan social events. Get to keep all your frequent flier miles and hotel points.

    Cons

    utilization heavily counted for performance evaluation, most projects only allow 40 hours max be billed to the client (regardless of how many hours over 40 were actually worked). promotions only happen once per year. have to write long project assessments (2-5+ pages) about each role on every project to be included in end of year evaluation. No compensation for continuing education (whether it be for an advance degree, or just attending lectures, conferences, etc). Only associate partners and higher and sales people get mobile access to their email. We are given out-of-date or used laptops and then expected to re-image them ourselves if it crashes. Meal allowance is per city and must report actuals (not allowed to expense flat per diem)

    Advice to Management

    Too heavy reliance on utilization yet can only bill 40 hours max to client (even if you actually work more than 40 hours).


  9. "Knowing how to adapt"

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    Current Employee - Systems Architect - IBM Sales in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Systems Architect - IBM Sales in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Learn tremendously from the technology
    Many opportunities from within where you can learn from different technology - concentrate on new opportunities - shadow other teams -
    Ability to shine if you work hard - If you prove yourself as a valuable employee you can become a star from within the company - You can become an innovator
    Well treated if you are a good performer
    Great Work Life Balance
    IBM the name

    Cons

    You can feel lost in a huge company if you do not focus
    Need to be able to continuously adapt to new situation
    stressful situation in some instances because it seem hard to find tools
    If you are not an entrepreneur it may be hard

    Advice to Management

    Offer more tools and training to employee


  10. "Professional growth is good. Balanced work/life experience."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work/life balance.
    Exposure to various things in tech.
    Ability to contribute and drive projects.

    Cons

    The usual that comes with large companies in terms of idea time-to-market.


  11. "Career advancement depends on the dept. you are hired into; some open, some closed."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Alliance Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Alliance Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    this company will be around for a long time...

    Cons

    Starting to be more numbers oriented than people oriented

    Advice to Management

    None


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