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Updated September 20, 2017
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  • You have to manage your work life balance or you'll end up doing the work of 2 or more people (in 917 reviews)

  • Long hours like everwhere elses (in 436 reviews)

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  1. "IBM"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Denver, CO
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM as a contractor

    Pros

    Everyone is helpful and committed to your success.

    Cons

    I have not seen any cons.


  2. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, innovative management

    Cons

    Strenuous hours can sometime take away time outside of work

    Advice to Management

    None

  3. "System Administrator"

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working from home and smart people

    Cons

    Everything else including constant reorganizations

    Advice to Management

    Good luck with the Agile transformation


  4. Helpful (8)

    "Solid Company, but losing emphasis on employees and retaining talent"

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    Former Employee - Lead Financial Analyst in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Lead Financial Analyst in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    OK Salary, Good Benefits, Professional Environment, Above average peers, Work from home friendly, Work schedules can flex somewhat to accommodate personal needs.

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy, no employee incentives, poor bonuses, dropping morale

    Advice to Management

    Bring back employee incentives (even the small ones!) and the ability for managers to reward above average performance. Pay more attention to workload and employee morale. Talented people are leaving for companies who value this more than the bottom line. Workforce reduction is not the only solution to financial pressures.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Too Bureaucratic"

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    Former Employee - Data Architect in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Data Architect in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Some great services - like an internal market for used equipment, some great training is available, and the company does enough things that one can laterally move around within.

    Cons

    There's a disparity between HR's work-life-balance statements and the reality of many teams.

    There's about 14 levels of management, so most people lose track of customers & competitors and just get lost in the bureaucracy: really great solutions to problems get sidelined in favor of the most politically advantageous solutions - even if they'll obviously fail. Most management is so far removed from customers that they consider their competition the guy down the hallway rather than Amazon, Google, etc.

    And they've acquired an immense staff of mediocre talent: most of their programmers are not very good, most of their 'subject matter experts' aren't. Every year they identify top technologies to focus on, and an enormous number of people suddenly re-brand themselves as expects in this technology and all their projects are suddenly re-branded as about this technology. Anyone that questions this, like "do we really think that sidelining most projects in favor of building marketing in virtual worlds is going to work? especially after every one of these initiatives over the last ten years has failed?" And they just get blank stares.

    And all this bureaucracy pushes out the best talent. What's left these days are mostly mediocre staff that are over-worked, afraid of being laid-off, and protective of their turf.


  6. "IBM Hundred Percent Club"

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    Current Employee - Delivery Project Executive in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Delivery Project Executive in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM really takes the time to share its support and recognize good work. As a first time honoree of IBM's Hundred Percent Club, I was amazed at the concerted effort taken to ensure I was recognized for my efforts.

    Cons

    This is both a pro and a con. IBM is a self management employer... meaning you need to do some work to find information within the IBM maze of tools. The information is there... it can sometimes be a challenge to navigate so much information to find it.

    Advice to Management

    Stay connected to the people


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Chief Architect and Distinguished Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Chief Architect in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Chief Architect in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I work on futuristic innovative projects to address changing client requirements.

    Cons

    All members are not caught up on the changing IT trends. Educating them to embrace the change is challenging but achievable with planning

    Advice to Management

    Invest in transformation , embrace new age technologies. Form a team and give them time to work through the projects and implement them. We have to embrace matrix structure for a global team formulate them into specific project groups and help them to finish their project goals.

  8. "Transformation to the Cloud world is never easy"

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    Current Employee - IBM Cloud in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - IBM Cloud in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The amount of business acumen across industries, languages and cultures is invigorating. There is no problem that cannot be solved - or so it seems. According to IBM's founder's view that "...every problem mankind is confronted with, can be solved, if people only THINK..." is embodied in how this large organism works every day. You get to contribute to solving problems like cancer, water shortages, production impasses, irrigation systems and many more with the solutions you help build. It is very rewarding to play a small - and sometimes not so small - part in solving bib problems.

    Cons

    It is a big company and not for the faint-of-heart. You need to show persistence, conviction - and, yes, success - to get others to see the world your way. If you are looking for instant gratification, this one is not for you. Chances are, that the people around you are way smarter than you.

    Advice to Management

    Change is painful - keep doing it.


  9. "Be prepared"

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    Current Contractor - Projec Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Contractor - Projec Manager in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people in the various departments are very helpful

    Cons

    Management is only interested in money, will terminate contracts on a whim

    Advice to Management

    Consider what the impacts to your projects are rather than just cutting numbers


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Stay away"

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    brand name, work from home on some projects

    Cons

    low salary, constant layoffs, old technology.

    Advice to Management

    bring competent management


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