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Updated November 28, 2017
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  1. "Software engineer"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of room to grow

    Cons

    The company holds on to old tech stacks

    Advice to Management

    keep young developers interested


  2. "Finance Director"

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    Former Employee - Director, Finance Management in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Director, Finance Management in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many Opportunities for advancement if you work hard.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, hard to find your way to improve things.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within

    IBM Response

    Jul 17, 2017 – VP, Communications

    Thanks for commenting. And while we are helping to bring in more outside executives to help jump start new areas of our business - it's true that around 8 in 10 executive positions over the last... More

  3. "Opportunities abound"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Consultant in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company is committed to their employees and helping them grow both personally and professionally. Continuing education to build skills, learn new areas of the business and keep abreast of what is going on in the industry is available. People are professional, dedicated and focused on their customers. Opportunities to travel and to meet with people with different skills and capabilities

    Cons

    Requires focus on the business and on delighting clients - not a downside just a need to keep focused

    Advice to Management

    People are the core to any organization


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Client Executive"

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    Current Employee - Client Executive Trainee in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Client Executive Trainee in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people. Great Training.

    Cons

    Quarter to quarter. Management is not looking long term.

    Advice to Management

    Relax. Focus on longer term.

    IBM Response

    May 24, 2017 – Program Consultant - IBMer Engagement

    Thank you for your candid response. We are committed to helping our employees develop and grow their professional skills. In addition to a personalized learning experience, we are investing... More


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Exec"

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    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of products
    Lots of GoTo SME's when you can get them

    Cons

    Zero Business development support - you are soley on your own to make calls and prospect

    Advice to Management

    invest in biz dev and inside sales, declutter the notionof reportingthe same thing in 5 differnt systems. Prercatice what you preach


  6. "PMS operator"

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    Current Employee - Tape Librarian in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Tape Librarian in Columbus, OH

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

    Pros

    It's a very friendly work environment

    Cons

    But it has very few hours


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Highly political & bureaucratic work environment -- the best people quickly leave"

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    Former Employee - In-House Legal Counsel in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - In-House Legal Counsel in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM's name carries prestige & opens doors, which is great because few want to stay any longer than necessary.

    Cons

    All the best people -- the vast majority of whom are from acquired companies -- quickly become discouraged by all the red tape and leave.

    Advice to Management

    IBM desparately needs a radical change of culture, and it needs to start with a shift AWAY from traditional, hierarchical structures for both people and business units.

  8. "ibm intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    fun time with plenty of things to do when not coding

    Cons

    not enough work at times but that's seems to be the nature?

    Advice to Management

    ALL interns want to be mentored. Favoritism was shown


  9. "Great company overall, not a lot of job security"

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    Current Employee - Delivery Manager in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Delivery Manager in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, competitive pay, work from home.

    Cons

    Push to have all resources offshore.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Big Blue and Balky"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Good people
    Lots of cool technology

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic
    Easy to get lost in shuffle
    Frequent reorganizations
    Frequent Layoffs
    Management by fear

    Advice to Management

    Just care for your people more and stop managing by fear


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