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IBM Columbus Reviews

Updated October 22, 2018
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  • "At times difficult work life balance" (in 1050 reviews)

  • "Low salary increments since last 2 years" (in 490 reviews)

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  1. "Best of IBM 2018"

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    Current Employee - Client Technical Specialist in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Client Technical Specialist in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A trip to the Bahamas with my wife with a celebration of everyone's accomplishments was a great opportunity to reflect on our success.
    First Class all the way!!!!

    Cons

    The weather could have been better!


  2. "Application Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Good Work Life Balance and availability expectations

    Cons

    Physical Office Building is cramped and windowless

    Advice to Management

    Put employees work conditions a little higher on the priority list and the quality of work (and our ability to recruit) with go way up.

  3. "Management changing every now and then"

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    Current Employee - Advisory IT Analyst in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Advisory IT Analyst in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    No one cares as long you are working and maintaining your utilization

    Cons

    A lot of power given in the hands of your immediate supervisor and it sometimes leads misuse of power.
    Even if the company can't provide a project, your utilization will suffer and they will kick you out finally.

    Advice to Management

    Need more trainings for the managers


  4. "Executives and upper management are horrible."

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    Current Employee - SSR - Support Services Representative in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - SSR - Support Services Representative in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent amount of vacation and benefits are okay.

    Cons

    Everything else. Poor management. Unrealistic expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Go take some English grammar classes. It is so disturbing to read/try to read, the emails from our new president and other in higher management positions. A sixth grader has better grammar than them. They literally don't know when to use "a" or "an". It's really pathetic that these are the people driving. Also, when people quit because the are fed up with being treated so poorly, hire quality people to replace them. Decisions you have made are making IBM a horrible place to work.


  5. "GBS"

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    Current Contractor - Delivery Manager in Columbus, OH
    Current Contractor - Delivery Manager in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits, great people

    Cons

    Consulting can be very volatile, not much job security


  6. Helpful (1)

    "A good place overall, but too much beuracracy and politics"

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    Former Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    * I worked with some fantastic people
    * Some of the products and services really were "best in class"
    * There was a clear path to promotion while remaining in an engineering role rather than being forced to transition to management
    * I was pleasantly surprised several times with raises and bonuses. It's literally the only place I've ever worked where I received a raise without asking for it, and it happened to me twice in 3 years at IBM.
    * IBM's marketing and name recognition is awesome

    Cons

    * Some of the products were not "best in class"
    * Bureaucracy and politics got in the way of quality and cost us good people
    * A strategy shouldn't drastically change every year or two
    * IBM's complete flip-flop on remote workers was the primary reason I left
    * I had 6 managers in 3 years

    Advice to Management

    Settle down! Stop re-organizing everyone and re-branding everything and put more focus on product quality and taking care of the people you have.


  7. "Loved the job the customer was a great account."

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    Former Contractor - Enterprise Network Support in Columbus, OH
    Former Contractor - Enterprise Network Support in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Team Spirt
    Great Pay
    Understanding Management

    Cons

    The company IBM supported was sold.

    Advice to Management

    Hire me Back someday.

  8. "Run fast, run far"

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, you can come in when you want, you get to work with very intelligent people.

    Cons

    Huge company who always wants you to move all over the country to get hired, management promotes 'empowerment' all the time but hides behind the corporate curtain and is absent if you need help with a problem. Layoffs occur every quarter, mostly more experienced workers who cost more, our department would bet every quarter who was getting axed, no raises. CYA is played daily, managers will set you up to fail so they can keep their job. Will they ever come put of their hiring freeze? Probably not. This was seriously the worst company I've worked for, that I had to move for. NOTHING I was promised to get me there was given or even attempted. I would have given a lower score if it was possible.

    Advice to Management

    If you're laying off workers every quarter to stay in the black, that way of saving money isn't working for this company. Figure out REAL ways of staying profitable for your shareholders, start learning and practicing that empowerment that management keeps promoting to the new people coming in. Tell them what's really going to happen once they're onboarded, they can expect to work on a little island where no one helps, no has time to help, instead of telling them how much they'll learn.


  9. "Financial Services Market Leader"

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM is a very rewarding company to work for and I am proud to call myself an IBMer. I can travel anywhere in the world and be recognized with respect because of my association with IBM

    Cons

    IBM is in a transition to a new business model. Unfortunately many careers have been prematurely disrupted during the transition


  10. "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


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