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  1. "Good experience"

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    Former Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work environment and friendly co workers health insurance and dental were included which is a bonus loved my job there

    Cons

    Hard to arrange transport to work had to rely on public transport to get around witch was unpredictable at best but the only flaw

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great potential working with some great SME's and clients

    Cons

    IBM only interested in profit. Not employees. As soon as there's a drop in any quarter profit employees seem to be given marching orders.

    Advice to Management

    Look after your employees. Value employee experience and don't be driven by the accountants.

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    "Ibm experience"

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    Former Employee - Data Management Agent in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Data Management Agent in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ibm offers its employees very good training opportunities in a multinational work force, wiyh a very strong brand identity

    Cons

    There can be a fair amount of bureocracy and too many processes, that can sometimes stifle creativity instead of helping it


  4. "Being part of IBM after an acquisition"

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    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The access to large accounts....who has not heard of IBM, it certainly gets you into places, but unfortunately, IBM's customer service is not always the best particularly on smaller accounts. They do have a great process for inyegrating newly acquired companies, as they set up a management team just for the first 18 months, to invest in 'knowing the IBM way' and provide IBM mentors to assist in guiding you into the company.

    Cons

    As they are one of the largest companies on the planet, they do have an inordinate amount of processes, which are really frustrating at best and at worst they can cost you money! Their matrix management and overlays process means many non value add employees get compensated. The extension of this on very large accounts particulalrly end of qrtrs, enterprise deals can substantially reduce the value of your initial deal, as it may get put into a huge pot, which is offset with amega discount to win the deal, so the individual value prop goes out of the window.

    Advice to Management

    Let salesman sell and stop the confounded processes and micro management, try to retain as much of the intelligence acquired with the companies purchased, do not just offer 'golden hellos' to the senior execs and owners who negotiated their pensions as part of the deal, put some tie ins for the rest of the staff....IBM share options that do not vest for 3 years or they can have triple the number if they stay for 3 years or longer.


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    "Give Your People a Break"

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Looks good on your CV

    Cons

    Pay rises and almost non-existent - no inflation related increases, ever.
    PBC process (enormously bureaucratic performance review process) pits employees against each other - 10 to 15% or all employees will be designated as under performing every year no matter how hard everyone works. This is supposed to drive high performance but actually results in stressed employees and low morale across the company.

    Advice to Management

    Ditch PBC and get off your employees' backs. You have hired talented and motivated people - start trusting them to deliver and they will!


  6. "There is a good work-life balance, career opportunities but compensation part is poor."

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    work life balance is amazing.

    Cons

    compensation and other benefits are not very good


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Demoralising"

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    Current Employee - Client Manager in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Client Manager in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - competitive salary
    - flexible working
    - lots of opportunities

    Cons

    - stress and expectation levels
    - workload ridiculously high
    - zero work life balance
    - lack of investment
    - focus on cost reduction
    - lack of reward for double digit growth
    - processes and administration

    Advice to Management

    Forget EPS and acquisitions, invest in staff and research, reduce workload, processes and unnecessary admin,

  8. Helpful (1)

    "IBM, a technology company?"

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    Current Employee - IT Architect in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Architect in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Many different projects to work in, and many teams to work with. There is a good team spirit in IBM UK which tends to put the IBM UK staff first.

    Cons

    The reliance on outsourcing has led to many 'managers' not actually posessing any real skills in their industy or field.

    In any other profession this would be unheard of, this tends to bog down any new business or contract negotiations as you are essentially dealing with people who simply dont know the product, and who are also client facing (Like a big game of chinese whispers).

    Advice to Management

    None, the level of incompetence suits me just fine :)


  9. "Salary programmes need an overhaul otherwise staff will continue to leave the same as last year."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunities to work or a wide variety of projects

    Cons

    Poor compensation or lack of adequate salary improvement programmes

    Advice to Management

    Think about the impact of "no wage rises this year" messages before issuing.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Avoid like the plague"

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I didnt get a choice. I was outsourced. Knowing IBM as I do now, I would never voluntarily join this company. It is an utter shambles.

    Cons

    Long hours. No management support. IBM has just had a record year and yet I get zero payrise despite an exceptionally good review. About 25% of my working week is now dealing with administrative crap that has zero benefit.

    Advice to Management

    Get real. Treat your employees as people as opposed to numbers. Why don't you guys try taking some of the cuts you force on us poor sods on the front line? Stop pushing down the administrative crap. And hitting "forward" (or cascading) on emails is *NOT* communicating.


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