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IBM Denver Reviews

Updated March 1, 2017
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  1. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    work from home .flexible work schedule .

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Listen to Employees


  2. Helpful (1)

    "System Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, allowed to work from home or anywhere

    Cons

    very impersonal did not keep teams abreast of fellow workers if they were sick or suddenly absent from work, outsource positions to India after US employees trained them


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    "Not a good place to be"

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    Former Employee - Partner Business Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Partner Business Manager in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The IBM legacy which is in serious danger of becoming only a distant memory. This company has done great things in the past but has not learned to adapt to the market they seek to penetrate.

    Cons

    Dinosaur! IBM will continue to lose market and relevance in all things they do until they get competent leadership and that flows down to competent middle management. Process seems to be more important than results. As a salesperson with a quota a was measured more on my ability to produce reports than on my sales numbers

    Advice to Management

    15+ quarters missed revenue and senior management is getting bonus payouts? Need to drain the swamp


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  5. "Life at IBM"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    IBM (and Watson, specifically) is a major player in the new AI economy that has established itself in the tech industry. A position at IBM means your work may eventually have some very impactful effects on individuals and larger entities who are customers. IBM takes care of its employees, as well, with comfortable salaries, adequate vacation allotments, and a very generous 401(k) matching program.

    Cons

    The company is just too big to move quickly. Politics and geographical separation make collaboration extremely difficult, and sometimes brings into question the scientific merit of what products get shipped. Specific cities are also not adequately classified for things like salary and cost of living considerations.

    Advice to Management

    Trim down the process, and actually let the small teams innovate.


  6. "Great People, Poor Upper Management"

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    Former Employee - Manager, Services in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Manager, Services in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time

    Pros

    - Wonderful and bright people.
    - Reputation is still relatively strong despite decreasing focus on delivering value to clients.
    - There are still heroic employees to save the day.
    - Great benefits

    Cons

    - Senior management that focuses only on cost cutting, to the detriment of client satisfaction and employee satisfaction.
    - Quarterly layoffs.
    - Decrease in project controls and QA, leading to sub-par results for clients.
    - Reducing US staff and replacing with much less experienced staff in other parts of the world. Fewer and fewer people know what they are doing and how to navigate the IBM structure and processes that continue to change.
    - 17 straight quarters of dropping revenues, and the CEO is not held accountable.

    Advice to Management

    Change the leadership at the top, to get back to focusing on client value versus cost cutting. You need a new strategy - the old one is not working.


  7. "A wonderful opportunity fresh out of school."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance is literally amazing.
    The environment and teams you work with are wonderful
    Managers have always been extremely helpful to me as a junior engineer.
    You won't find a nicer group of people to work with.
    Team leads and subject matter experts always seem willing to help when you get stuck

    Cons

    Certain projects feel stagnant, as potential for growth seems entirely dependent on whether upper management feels the product/project is worth investing "resources" in.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget about employees working for "legacy" products. In two years I've seen a lot of talented young engineers leave for other opportunities because they worked on projects where they felt their potential for growth was limited, and that the risk of being stuck on a sinking ship was too high.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Ok...nothing special"

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    Former Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Stable work force, processes and procedures well established, name recognition in the marketplace, almost magical credibility just because you work there

    Cons

    High turnover, management styles of most managers very rigorous with no allowance for flexibility, bonuses almost nonexistent due to high management and administrative overhead


  9. "Senior Consultant for IBM"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company is world class, with thoughtful management, top notch health coverage, excellent employee savings program and recognition for a job well done. Colleagues and management all operate at a highly functioning, professional level. Travel booking, approval and reimbursement are way ahead of any other company in terms of timeliness and ease of use.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is rampant. Even though many processes are automated, be prepared to spend over an hour each week in front of a computer, complying with various information request requirements and reporting.

    Advice to Management

    More attention and time could be spent by direct supervisors actually listening to employee concerns and goals and plans, rather than simply relying on survey results.


  10. "Rapidly Changing Envrionment"

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    Current Employee - Senior Sales Leader in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Leader in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    IBM has great technology and the technical and research folks are top notch. Company has a great brand that gets you into see customers at all levels.

    Cons

    Sales and territory management has been all over the map in recent years.

    Advice to Management

    Set a sales strategy and stick to it for more than one half of the year.


  11. "Project Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Work at home and education opportunities

    Cons

    You are a little cog in a huge machine

    Advice to Management

    Even though you never see your employees, try to find ways to engage with them.



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