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IBM Chicago Reviews

Updated November 15, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Tech Sales"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Sales Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Technical Sales Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They invest a lot of resources into you via the Summit program

    Cons

    There is not as much flexibility switching roles as promised


  2. "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.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Unrealistic sales driven deadlines, ridiculous bureaucracy, and general disinterest from management"

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    Former Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - In the past there has been a liberal work from home policy. I'm not sure how much longer that will last.
    - The company 401k matching contribution is good and is fully vested from the start.

    Cons

    - Multiple (one or more) layoffs per year every year I was at the company (almost 10 years).
    - Terrible or none existent bonuses.
    - Management mostly concerned with how to preserve and progress their careers and has little interest in progressing staff careers.
    - Software engineering organization driven by rigid sales motivated deadlines with little consideration for sound software development practices. This creates substandard software services that are unmaintainable. But Sales doesn't care and engineering management team is too afraid to push back.
    - Bluemix IS an awful mess and any product or service that has to integrate with it WILL be made worse by having to integrate and adhere to the terrible bureaucracy that exists within it.

    Advice to Management

    - Reduce the red tape! It is strangling this company.
    - Stop ignoring the careers of your engineers until it's too late. For 10 years I was told that a promotion/raise was just around the corner but the only time I was offered any compensation and banding bump was the day that I gave my 2 week notice. I was told to name my price and I thought that if I was so indispensable then why didn't you care to reward me until I had both feet out the door. TBH I stuck around as long as I did because I worked remotely for almost the entire duration of my stay at IBM which was a tremendous perk but even that perk appears that it might be going away.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "P2P Services Delivery Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Service Delivery Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Service Delivery Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay was decent. Ability to move to new positions in company if job ratings were good or above.

    Cons

    Constant layoffs year around. 5 years of falling revenues.

    Advice to Management

    Don't throw out your best people!. Oh, wait, you just did that for the last two years.


  5. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Senior Management
    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


  6. "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.


  7. "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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Development Manager"

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

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    IBM is run like separate businesses. We were allowed to continue our development after the acquisition.

    Cons

    Very formal processes and procedures. The overhead that was added to the development cycle took additional months to get the product to the customer. The cycle of RIF's was not in proportion to the profitability of the product.

    Advice to Management

    Reduction is Force actions will lead to the demise of the company.


  9. 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.


  10. Helpful (10)

    "Cybersecurity Software Seller"

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent people and products. Talented SME's and specialists in every area of IT. Wide range of products.

    Cons

    Unbelievably complex and incoherent management process. Lots of empty suits. Low morale with ongoing layoffs of talented and experienced people. The company is slow to react - to customers and industry. Many software products are too complex to be useful to anyone but the most sophisticated enterprises.

    Advice to Management

    Save your sellers and SME's - prune the management.


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