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IBM Financial Analyst Reviews

Updated June 18, 2018
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  1. "Great company to work"

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    One of the best decisions I made in my life. Having the ability to work from home, great employees.

    Cons

    The pay is great, and so are the benefits.


  2. "No Support"

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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work from home; great 401k, access to offices all over the world.

    Cons

    No support or training, especially important for a company acquired by IBM.

    Advice to Management

    Train your employees on IBM systems/tools!

  3. "Financial Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and work life balance.

    Cons

    Very limited oppourtunity for advancement within Rochester


  4. ""Gets in its own way""

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Workplace flexibility, opportunity to work in several capacities

    Cons

    Lack of communication about policy changes affecting employees, pay below market, constant restructuring to try to catch up to competitors or show change for change's sake, annual layoffs not due to performance but to make short-term cost/profit targets

    Advice to Management

    Don't start forcing everyone to come into the office - please! Fund your salary plan based on bottom's up input. Embrace the reality that constant resource actions are not only killing morale as highly qualified and skilled people are forced to exit, but that the policy is unsustainable as well. Set challenging but fair targets - not ones that set up departments for failure.


  5. "Unfair Analyst Treatment"

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well-known company name, good analytics/Excel skills learned, good connections from working here

    Cons

    Cyclical work, can be boring, not any clear path to promotions - they are chosen at random and could depend on whether or not someone above you retires or goes on maternity leave. Compensation is well under the market. Employees often sit "on the bench" for several months without an assignment before getting a role.
    There is a program in place in the Rochester MN site where analysts get a higher band if they come from an East Coast school -- this is totally bogus because they are not any more qualified than the Midwest students, and they are all living in the same area so it is not cost of living adjustment. This program was started after I began, so I am simply speculating on how ridiculous it is - beware of this before starting! Overall very shady company.

    Advice to Management

    Have a clear path to get promoted and be able to explain why one person gets an upgrade over another.


  6. "Great for Millenials"

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some flexibility around work hours. Expected to work beyond what you're compensated for, though work/life balance is good - better than many companies. They're also trying with snacks, catered lunches, happy hours, etc - but that doesn't really appeal to the masses who are just trying to get the job done and not engage in a million activities that detract from work.

    Cons

    Management turnover is atrocious. Don't expect anyone to advocate for you, you're just a cog in the corporate machine. Anyone director level & up will likely jump (sinking?) ship within the next fiscal year, unless there's a huge turnaround.

    Advice to Management

    Look at your employees as people - they add value, they're not just "headcount" or "human resources." Though... management won't read this, as they are too busy to truly care about their employees as people.


  7. "Manager, Financial Operations"

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Armonk, NY
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Armonk, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company offers Good benefits

    Cons

    Treat employees not well, work to the bone

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better

  8. "Work Life Balance but with Drawbacks"

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent PTO. Work/life balance. Flex work environment. Decent benefits. Interesting challenges for those who seek them out.

    Cons

    Overwhelming bureaucracy, deeply underpaid from market rate at this location. Raises can be very stingy. Not a growing company. Very difficult to move out of finance at this location

    Advice to Management

    Align pay closer to what the market rate is. Allow people to explore their own career paths rather than telling them what their career path is going to be.


  9. "Financial Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent on the job training

    Cons

    The company has low job stability

    Advice to Management

    Increase employee coaching for growth


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    "Finance Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Finance Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Finance Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, lots of different jobs, some opportunity

    Cons

    Constant reshuffling of teams and organizations, low pay, high expectations, limited benefits, no team building, too much cost cutting, high pressure culture