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Updated May 30, 2018
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  1. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM is very flexible and understanding of work hours, if I need to take off a little early for an appointment it's no problem. They also allow us to work from home and it's very low stress most of the time.

    Cons

    Sometimes it's hard to see what is coming over the horizon so we lack foresight in many cases making it difficult to plan for things.


  2. "Great company as long as business is good"

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    Current Employee - Implementation Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Implementation Manager in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Great pay, great benefits, plethra of resources at your fingertips, cell phone discount, it's "THE" IBM!

    Cons

    Never know when the random layoffs will occur.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Layed Off"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of employee resources. IBM does a good job of getting you the tools you need to do your job. Ok severance package.

    Cons

    Very difficult to feel good about the company when you can be layed off at anytime. They get rid of a lot of good people and replace them with cheaper offshore workers and wonder why they keep falling further and further behind. Management doesn't get it. They keep doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. A company cannot be successful if it does not have motivated employees. IBM does not have this. I came on via an acquisition and realized this from the first month. Unfortunately if IBM doesn't change it will not be around in 10 to 15 years.

    Advice to Management

    Change your way of thinking. Your people are your greatest asset and your failures are the result of not having a motivated work force. You cannot have an entire work force that knows that it is always just an RA away from being jobless. Why would the best and brightest want to work for a company like that. Stop worrying about Warren Buffet and the stock price and focus on making IBM a company that people can respect again and one that employees are proud of.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "A Former great employer...no longer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great legacy and history. Ability to move around and work in different areas and develop new skills. Still some of the better benefits in industry

    Cons

    Has become company run by accountants who fire good people indiscriminately. Management scrambles quarter to quarter. Spend most of your time reporting internally instead of doing real work. So focused on getting "younger" they ignore everything else.

    Advice to Management

    Stop reorganizing the entire company every 2-3 quarters. Let people work and stop trying to write reports to justify their jobs. Fire the management that does nothing but bullwhip instead of firing workers who actually do work.


  5. "IBM - destroyer of worlds (and employees)"

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    Current Contractor - Senior Dev Ops and Cloud Leader in Dallas, TX
    Current Contractor - Senior Dev Ops and Cloud Leader in Dallas, TX
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM as a contractor (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Some great people
    - Providing nice snacks and coffee for employees

    Cons

    - Some horrible management and leadership since Sam Palmisano took over in 2002
    - Palmisano started a culture that was unethical, destructive, and desolated much of IBM's excellent employees
    - Pathetic former leadership that believed "line your pockets" and "destroy your people" were the two most important and equally important matters
    - Ginny Rometty is dealing with the aftermath of 9 years of bad leadership under Palmisano

    Advice to Management

    - Listen to the technical leaders
    - Listen to those who are engaged in other fronts, especially the cloud -- get your team members learning other cloud products
    - Learn the competition well and bring in non-biased, non-political, non-partial people technical employees to start transforming and killing the red tape and slough internally


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Too focused on hiring from the outside and releasing existing employees!"

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    Current Employee - Technical Sales Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Technical Sales Manager in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits.
    My co-workers are great hard working people that do what they are asked and more.

    Cons

    The current management regime from the Board, CEO, and top 200 executives are too focused on getting rid of pretty much anyone over 50. They keep saying the following over and over again, " We must focus on Millennials and getting new blood into the organization." ....translation, get rid of anyone older than 50. They are losing way too many highly skilled employees in the name of new skills. The very people that they are getting rid of possess those deep technical and highly sought after skills they say that they need to hire from the outside...pure B.S.

    Advice to Management

    Stop looking for reasons to get rid of people and redeploy them where their skills are effective. The costs associated with onboarding, learning IBM processes, and building trusted relationships with clients and fellow employees is very high. The turn over rate is much too high and the current environment is much too short sighted.


  7. "Company ok/benefits SUCK!"

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    Current Employee - IT Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work from home, hours and not working weekends for most part.

    Cons

    Pay, no bonus, benefits, upper management, the all hands cheerleader meetings

    Advice to Management

    Fix insurance make more affordable

  8. "Too big to properly manage projects"

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    Current Employee - Managing Security Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Managing Security Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of work and opportunities to participate in different industries and technologies. Also areas of focus are varied but you have to decide where to concentrate in.

    Cons

    Often losing clients to issues related to their inability to manage the India managed services. Very difficult to navigate all of the different service lines that are routinely changing.

    Advice to Management

    Do not over sell the ability of India managed services when in reality they are not well organized.


  9. "software engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    - Moderate Salary - Provide Visa Sponsorship - Friendly environment - Decent Stock Matching - 20 days vacations/PTO

    Cons

    - Less growth - Unstable job sometimes


  10. "I enjoy working for IBM Cloud"

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    Current Employee - Data Center Technician in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Data Center Technician in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've worked for IBM Cloud for over a year and a half and I have really enjoyed every day. We work mostly infrastructure and hardware to expand services in an IaaS environment.

    Cons

    There seems to be a fair amount of turn-over for new hires. Most that newly join the company seems to not even know that much about working on home computers. It leads to more advanced techs having to teach about even simple components and proper handling of these components. In the long run, it turns into techs working to advance their career having to spend less time taking the certifications to advance and more time teaching basics over and over.

    Advice to Management

    Mangement does a lot right, just wish there was a way to adequately find people that wish to stay with the company for more than a few months.


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