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IBM Director Reviews

Updated April 1, 2019
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  • "At times work life balance gets challenging" (in 1112 reviews)

  • "Low Salary growth in comparison" (in 537 reviews)

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  1. "Great people to work with"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Director in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Program Director in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Wide variety of opportunities
    - Mentoring programs
    - Caring People
    - Work flexibility - work from home etc

    Cons

    - Too big
    - Pay package is kind of middle of the road
    - Some business units always fear layoff
    - Disconnect between leadership and employee some times

    Advice to Management

    - Improve pay
    - Improve culture by being more transparent
    - Recognize teams and not individuals


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    "I really want to believe in the company"

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    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities for top performers
    Genuinely caring people
    New leaders who are inspirational

    Cons

    Lack of one IBM even internally
    Territorial behavior and people politics
    Deep structural issues

  3. "Executive Management Team"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If your with the right team, things can go very well
    Typically committed to diversity, up to a point
    Good place to grow and gain experience then move on

    Cons

    Co-location takes priority over talent
    Very small salary increases
    Low RSU's
    Politics
    Non-existent Bonus - ~1% if your lucky

    Advice to Management

    If one of the diverse employees who was previously a top performer is suddenly viewed as not performing, ask questions. I find that with a change in one exec, suddenly no one on the team was good enough and was blamed for not meeting extra high revenue goals. It's not always the executive team, look at the business strategy, you can't ride a cash cow forever and not have clients leave. You need to invest in your products that are brining in money.


  4. "Great place to gather experience...."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Art Director
    Current Contractor - Art Director

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

    Pros

    Pros:
    - Great people, a lot of talented and experienced individuals.
    - Invaluable experience
    - Flexible work / life balance

    Cons

    Con:
    - It's a big corporate machine, you are just a number at the end of the day


  5. "Trying to stay relevant...... don't get lost"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Director in Littleton, MA
    Current Employee - Program Director in Littleton, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pays well, very competitive salaries and bonus
    Smart people
    Lots of places to learn and tap into the expertise
    big company with many projects/products under development
    Can have a lot of responsibility below Director Level in terms of reports.
    Benefits are good, ability to take time off for sickness, etc is 2nd to none.

    Cons

    You can get lost in the shuffle when the yearly reorg come about.
    If you want to move up, need to make sure the execs you're hitching your wagon to don't get sideswiped.
    Sometimes you do just get lost in the size of the place


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    "Director"

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    Former Employee - Director in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Director in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very well resourced company moo

    Cons

    politics overrides all other decisions


  7. "Marketing Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Director
    Current Employee - Marketing Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ample opportunity to move across business units. Decent benefits. Great people.

    Cons

    Co-location and company performance has affected environment and moral.

    Advice to Management

    Research and innovation seem to be a thing of the past.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Slightly above average"

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    Current Employee - Program Director in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Current Employee - Program Director in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities, if you're willing to look and relocate.

    Cons

    Terrible raises and bonuses, even for good employees. Declining benefits each year. Co-location was handled poorly. Near constant fear of layoffs is stifling.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better, they are not just numbers. Figure out what your true strategy going forward is, the last couple don't seem to be working out very well.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Over age 50? Don't bother!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Name recognition, network, technology exposure

    Cons

    Age discrimination, outsourcing US jobs to India, too many levels of management that are simply overhead and serve to protect executive management by deflecting accountability

    Advice to Management

    Let Bob Lord take over and then go clean the swamp Batman


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Rudderless ship.."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Outstanding talent (though getting thinned out), working at the leading edge, deep resources to execute (depending upon which unit you’re in), great benefits

    Cons

    Let’s great talent leave, agile overkill in marketing, too much influx of talent with limited experience and lack of judgement put in leadership positions, mid-level execs (VP and Dir) is getting weak, over rotation on digital (buzzword and concept bingo) where marketing execs don’t understand the concept and forget the basics. Collocation do the sake of collocation.

    Advice to Management

    Focus. Understand where you’re best talent exists. Stop trying to be a 100 person start up.