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IBM Chicago Reviews

Updated March 28, 2017
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  • The hours are very long with a poor work/life balance (in 799 reviews)

  • There is an expectation to work long hours to progress within the company (in 398 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Account Executive Overview"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very laid back environment which does not expect much (which drove me nuts). Good pay

    Cons

    -The culture is one where everyone complains but does nothing about it. There were a lot of people there with 30 plus years not doing a damn thing except complaing. Most people there are completely useless. If you want a challenge, avoid IBM

    Advice to Management

    First, fire all of the management team and the CEO. Stop evangelizing technologies that are not proven. Focus on a smaller product portfolio!


  2. "Unix Administrator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Unix Systems Administrator in Chicago, IL
    Current Contractor - Unix Systems Administrator in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Best place to work at IBM

    Cons

    Salary remains same over the time

    Advice to Management

    bonus


  3. "Big Company Looking to get back on Feet"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Strategy Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Strategy Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Lots of resources for training and professional development
    - If you work hard, doors will open up
    - Most coworkers are very talents, there are some that slip through the cracks

    Cons

    - Company is struggling and laying off a lot of people
    - You're only as valuable as your billables
    - Raises and bonus' highly contingent on your business unit's profitability NOT completely your own performance

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees working with clients


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  5. "Managing Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    highly professional and competent organization

    Cons

    No visibility & lack of motivation

    Advice to Management

    little access as managers are too busy


  6. "CDI Consulting"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in North Riverside, IL
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in North Riverside, IL

    I have been working at IBM as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work From home %100 was one of the best innovations in the United States. Workers are more productive utilizing time saved on a daily commute to accomplish more. IBM has created an eccellent system of doing business in this manner.

    Cons

    Industry changes in the Storage realm have left many skilled workers without a path to continue working for IBM. The model that was implemented somewhere after 2003 selling ping and power (Outsourcing) has now shifted.

    Advice to Management

    Please figure out how to get back to employee/employer loyalty. Loyalty is a 2 way street, from all the workers I speak to today the loyalty of the employer to the employee has declined.


  7. "Advisory Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    None that I can recommend.

    Cons

    Upper management policies & directives are made without any basis.


  8. "Solutions"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Watson Offering Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Watson Offering Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large company with a lot of great people

    Cons

    Leadership is not knowledgeable about how to move the company forward. 8 years of declining revenue. Desperate place at this point.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the "old guard" and get some leadership that understands how to manage people and grow a solutions business versus a technology business.


  9. "Sr. Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Reputable company, great benefits, salary very competitive, offers training,

    Cons

    so large, one can get lost in the shuffle


  10. "Working for IBM"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good benefits,great company culture,work life is the best by comparison to other big companies.

    Cons

    The company is constantly changing and down sizing. salary reviews sucks.

    Advice to Management

    Please get to know your employees and use their input.


  11. "Company restructuring with new blood and flushing experienced skilled high paid workers."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Schaumburg, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities to grow a career. I changed careers 3 times during my tenor at IBM and did not lose my seniority or pay. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Company getting out of services during this transition and do not seem to care about impact to our customers. Was sad to watch thousands of hard working dependable skilled people being slowly let go for shareholders. Replacements are clueless. If you are US based, you may need to be leery of working here.

    Advice to Management

    Hope execs made a good decision for this century old company. If not they slowly destroyed it.



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