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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 847 reviews)

  • There is an expectation to work long hours to progress within the company (in 417 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Is IBM a place to work for?"

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a paying job to pay the bills.

    Cons

    Working over 48+ week, have to make up time if you take education or vacation.

    Advice to Management

    Give us good news instead of not telling the truth.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "lies lies and excuses when it comes to raises or promotions."

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    stay away. ibm sucks big time. the only good thing is co workers.

    Cons

    management.
    ibm milks clients dry.
    lies to its employees.

    Advice to Management

    stop being useless and just do what you are told. try to have more control.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "This used to be a great company to work for."

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    Current Employee - ITAP-ADV in Markham, IL
    Current Employee - ITAP-ADV in Markham, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Only a job now not a carreer

    Cons

    No more recognition, Salary increases are a joke.Career advancement almost doesn' t exist anymore

    Advice to Management

    Go back to the old IBM values where employees are IBM's most important assests


  4. Helpful (4)

    "A heaping pile of steaming ineptness with a large dose of being dysfunctional"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pros are, corporate America is seeing that this rudderless ship is not able to innovate or lead in the technology space. Companies see first hand that IBM is now an accounting company. They rely on revenue streams by playing with accounting plus auditing thousands of their valued customers. They will not grow without leveraging these two tricls

    Cons

    A reality show called "Lord of the Flies". Upper and Middle management are worthless and are paralyzed by their sheer inability to push back on upper management. Daily cadence calls, asking what time deals are closing is ludicrous but yet, this is a common practice by these crazy accountants (managers). I am interested in seeing what happens come January

    Advice to Management

    Get your CVs on the street. I see a ton of ugliness on the horizon.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Sweatshop"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Brand recognition
    Looks good on your resume

    Cons

    Absolutely no concern for the wellbeing or career development of the employee
    No career path
    Very top-heavy with non-value-add management layers
    Underbids consulting work consistently to win, then requires extraordinary levels of effort to deliver
    Cost pressures drive management to only look at you as a number. Individuals do not matter.
    Co-workers resign during long-term projects, and leave the team to still try to meet deadlines

    Advice to Management

    Stop relying on your brand name and improve the fundamentals of how you deliver service. Undue focus on the numbers at the expense of employees is not a short- or long-term strategy to win. It will cost you in reputation.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Run, don't walk, from this sinking ship"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Marketing in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling and the ability to work from home
    Decent benefits, including generous personal holidays and vacation time
    Intelligent, hard-working colleagues who really care about the work they do and who want to be successful

    Cons

    Constant reorganizations throw teams and divisions into turmoil every 6-12 months, impacting productivity.

    The constant threat of layoffs has driven morale to an all-time low. The annual performance evaluation process is archaic and only forces talented people out of the company. Due to the bell-curve like system, managers are forced to rate a certain percentage of their teams as low performers, even if those people don't deserve that ranking. Now many of those people are losing their jobs. The executives in charge should be subject to the same unfair rating scale as the rank and file.

    Salary increases are nonexistent. Only the top performers can quality for annual bonuses, and the pool of top performers shrinks every year because the rating system is flawed, so the bonus remains out of reach for the majority of people, despite successfully taking on more and more responsibility.

    There is no opportunity or incentive for external training or continuing education to develop new skills, unless it comes out of your own pocket. Internal training and development consists of webinars, videos, presentations and electronic books.

    IBM is late to the game in many new technologies, including Cloud, and this is evident by the consistent loss of revenue and lucrative contracts to new competitors like Amazon. This once innovative company no longer knows what it wants to be and suffers from an identity crisis--ask most people what IBM does, and they simply don't know. Until IBM has a clear plan for the future that involves more than reshuffling employees and changing the names of its business units, its long-term survival is in jeopardy.

    Advice to Management

    IBM's most valuable asset is its people. They are smart, driven, hard-working and want this company to succeed. Many of us are also shareholders. But until you recognize this and treat employees with respect, rewarding them for their service instead of trying to appease the board of directors and major stockholders, the company will continue to bleed money and talent.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "IBM = I'm By Myself,"

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

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

    Pros

    You get to travel (though careful - they'll take advantage of you for that).

    Cons

    Uncompetitive Salary, No career path, unmotivated management chain, bloated corporate structure, Treated like a resource.

    Advice to Management

    Your people are your future. Focus on employees as humans, not resources.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "this is the worst experience i have had in my career"

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    Current Contractor - Microsoft Exchange Administrator in Oak Lawn, IL
    Current Contractor - Microsoft Exchange Administrator in Oak Lawn, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    No Pros.... No Pros....No Pros....No Pros

    Cons

    Cheap Corp.....Cheap Corp.....Cheap Corp....Cheap Corp

    Advice to Management

    The most tyrant management Ever


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Dreadful company"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Health Insurance is pretty good and your co-pay is relatively low.

    Cons

    Force employees to work extra hours even though there is no real work needed.

    Advice to Management

    It's should not always be about the numbers.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "System Administrator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good start for college graduates and non-IT people to get into the IT industry. After a year, you can move on to a better paying IT position.

    Cons

    No work/life balance. Layoffs. Poorly trained first line managers. Inconsistent policies. Company policies are inconsistent department to department. IBM added "manager discretion" to all policies pertaining to salary, OT, sick/vacation days etc

    Advice to Management

    Properly train your FLMs on how to manage the work as well as the employees. Make Blue training mandatory and more in-depth with refresher courses


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