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IBM Cyber Security Reviews

Updated June 15, 2018
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  1. "Great Experience - Expect to be Just another Asset"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cyber Security Analyst in Armonk, NY
    Current Employee - Cyber Security Analyst in Armonk, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Looks great on your resume.
    Extensive experience.
    Benefits are great.

    Cons

    Extensive experience, in your very narrow job function.
    no ability for vertical movement.
    Favoritism exists.
    Pay is low.
    Culture and fit are not that great.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the employee. Provide training that applies to the job role AND enhances the employee's abilities. That will only enhance morale and allow for greater flexibility in available services to provide to the customer.
    work together, not separately. Lots of talk about collaboration, but where is it happening, and why are you not pulling from all resources to effectively collaborate as a team?


  2. Helpful (2)

    "A wonderful company hamstrung by layers of clueless, bumbling middle management."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cyber Security Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Cyber Security Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good, but not great, salary.
    Above average job security.
    Many job opportunities.
    Generally good, if somewhat thread-worn, working conditions, and work from home opportunities.
    Company is starting to understand that moving work to China and India is a disaster.
    Flexibility in work hours and time off

    Cons

    Company is not committed to employee training; no rotations, online training is just window dressing.
    Bad management, especially unnecessary layer upon layer of ignorant middle management, permeates much of the business.
    Constant, slow decline in employee benefits.
    Only a 401K retirement plan. Company match is not credited to employee until December.
    Management's constant nit picking, over-reporting to each other, and distraction from job assignments.
    The PBC annual evaluation is ineffective window dressing; it is simply a compensation management tool.
    Silly budget constraints on travel: forced to fly at inconvenient times, stay in sub-par hotels, and rent undersize cars.
    Constraints on conference attendance impede ability to stay current and maintain network.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of unnecessary middle management layers that impede progress. Commit to training employees to expert level in their job areas. Get rid of silly expense constraints, and let employees find the best travel bargains to suit their needs.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "A lot of indoctrination and dishonesty"

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    Former Employee - Cyber Security in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Cyber Security in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    If you are coming, as a seasoned professional, do bargain and max out your offer and the sign-up bonus, You can get a very, very competitive offer when you just come aboard.

    If you play by the rules, don't drop any balls, and follow the crowd, you will have job security and peace of mind.

    Cons

    There is no any real raises after you are hired. There will be some symbolic raises and bonuses, but they are not worth mentioning.
    Be ready to work 44 hours a week or more, and get peanuts in return for extra hours.

    I have seen companies that really strive to develop their employees and facilitate educational endeavors. At IBM, you have to do it in your own personal time and at your own expense. No conference attendance.... No free access to even IBM-owned tools that you would love to master... After 10 years with IBM, you still won't know what Rational tools do, even if you really would love to know. Yeah, you can take an online course about Rational stuff, but you won't have access to any simulation environment or the actual tools!

    You will come in a professional expert in the latest technology and tools, and in 2-3 years you will have no knowledge of current stuff and won't even know about the latest tools...

    Also, they spend about 40% more time of various compliance mandatory educational courses that majority of employees don't really understand and are not interested in knowing.... In private, they despise of of "those non-sense courses".

    There will be constant drumbeat about integrity and honesty... They will offer a fairly low billable rate to the client, and then will saddle that client with a 44-hour base week, 20+ part-time support employees (that will cause headaches to PM and overruns to the project), and an over-bloated team of 20 guys for the job that can be done by 10. But.... who got ever fired for hiring IBM? ))

    Advice to Management

    Read the Cons and consider.


  4. "cyber"

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    Former Employee - Cyber Security Consultant in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Cyber Security Consultant in Birmingham, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    No Pros at all really

    Cons

    Using interns as full time staff, once they have finished their internship they don't get a good paid job and another intern replaces them, cheap for company

    Advice to Management

    None


  5. "Best place to Learn & Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cyber Security Specialist in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Cyber Security Specialist in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work culture, Flexibility,Learning,Innovation,Pace of anything & everything.
    IBM is an ocean with lot of opportunities for everyone, you keep enhancing your skills every day,develop any new skills and opportunities will knock the door.

    Cons

    There is nothing to mention as of now.


  6. "Interesting job experience"

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    Current Employee - Cyber Security in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Cyber Security in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good flexibility (working from home, flexible hours).
    Great people.
    Opportunities to grow within the company.

    Cons

    Salary is market average or below market average.
    The company is huge and one can feel like a small cogwheel in a big machine.


  7. "Recommended for beginners"

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    Current Employee - Cyber Security Threat Analyst in Budapest (Hungary)
    Current Employee - Cyber Security Threat Analyst in Budapest (Hungary)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    If you are beginner this is a good place to start. You can gain the basic knowledge and learn how to work for a big company.

    Cons

    If you are an experienced person this is a step back. As you will be part of the operation you are a low level guy and being handled accordingly. 3rd and above consider you as a temporary resource as the fluctuation is high.

    Advice to Management

    No team at all. Would be great to offer opportunity to evolve to higher levels and provide useful training instead of the company related useless stuff...