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Updated Jan 16, 2020

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3.4
68%
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83%
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IBM CEO Virginia Rometty
Virginia Rometty
96 Ratings
  1. "Solid company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Human Resources Partner in Somers, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Worldwide experience is a bonus as you work with people around the world.

    Cons

    Workload is heavy so you need to be disciplined to not let the work control you.

    IBM2015-08-16
  2. "Great Organisation to work with"

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    Human Resources in Armonk, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great Work life Balance, Great learning, professional work place, Fabulous people policies, Huge emphasis on Diversity & Inclusivity

    Cons

    Low salaries, other than that a great place to work

    IBM2015-08-11
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Run by Accountants"

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    Human Resources Specialist in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Lots of learning ops if you like few classroom opportunities

    Cons

    Company spends billions on stock buybacks, but currently views employees ONLY as expense. The immediate response to bad news is always to cut employees or employee benefits. Measurements all focus on revenue growth YTY, but we keep selling off huge units of the company - quickly doing what Lou Gerstner saved the company from in the 90s. If you're in a major market country, you're in constant risk of layoff.

    Advice to Management

    If you want revenue growth and to be able to compete, come off huge profit margin requirements - you can't keep viewing labor cost as the only reason competitors win contracts. Quality of service (investment in employees) CAN still be a winning play in the market.

    IBM2015-08-05
  4. "Great Company to Learn and Utilize New Skills"

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    Senior Human Resources Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM for more than 10 years

    Pros

    A lot of learning and development opportunities. Opportunities to work and collaborate with very highly skilled people. A broad spectrum of client facing consulting opportunities where you can make a significant impact.

    Cons

    Lower compensation and bonus relative to competitors. Work-life balance can be a challenge.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget to develop relationships with your team and/or direct reports. Makes all the difference in the world for driving employee engagement.

    IBM2015-07-18
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Internship Program"

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    Current Intern - Human Resources Intern in Armonk, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM for less than a year

    Pros

    1. The projects that you'll be working are extremely important for the strategy of IBM.So you won't be sharpening pencils or making coffee. The projects can generate a bit of stress and anxiety, but the learning curve is very steep. 2. The exposure you have to top executives is amazing. Everyone will know who you are and they are very down to earth and approachable humans. 3. You have access to so many training opportunities that it can be overwhelming to decide which training do you want to take 4. The new hires will make you feel part of the team even before you start your internship 5. The best thing is the flexibility to work remotely as an Intern! Of course, you learn more if you work at an environment where you can constantly hear what IBMers talk about during lunch break.

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    Cons

    1. I suggest you are prepared to deal with all the acronyms they use. There are a LOT. 2. Because a lot of employees work remotely, the offices might feel a little empty. Depending on the team you work with you might get more or less face to face interaction with your team. 3. They need to upgrade the work laptops assigned to interns...sometimes you could get a laptop that you need to restart once or twice a day...mine is fine but others have had a harder time with their laptops. Also, they can be quite heavy to carry around everyday. 4. They don't assign housing, so if you are in NY, make sure you start your housing search ASAP so you get a good location and price. 5. There is no free food in the cafeteria, and it can get pretty expensive if you don't pack your own lunch and eat everyday at the cafeteria...and food as good for the price they charge you

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    Advice to Management

    It would be nice if more social informal interactions were encouraged at Armonk because it makes the workplace more welcoming and friendlier. Also, It would be nice to see more remodeling of the older buildings at Armonk. A few buildings look like they were stuck in the 90s Also, If you want to encourage people to work at the office instead of remotely, I would at least subsidize the cafeteria food and put more interactive information flat screens in the Armonk Buildings. I would also add maybe a gym if possible!

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    IBM2015-07-01
  6. "HR Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Analyst in Armonk, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Collaborative, helpful culture, good benefits and compensation, large variety of career opportunities and opportunities for professional development

    Cons

    Slow processes, inefficient/faulty technology and software, large workload can be difficult to manage and prioritize at times

    Advice to Management

    Needs to be more open and transparent about decisions and sharing information

    IBM2015-06-12
  7. Helpful (6)

    "IBM - Infinitely Bad Management"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Leader 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nothing positive about working for IBM

    Cons

    Benefits are horrible, there is no work-life balance, leadership does not support training, and leadership pit employees against each other.

    Advice to Management

    The leadership in IBM's Global Business Services (GBS) stinks. IBM puts the wrong people in the wrong position and its all about who you know instead of what you know. GBS is an albatross around the neck of IBM and eventually, IBM will exit from GBS. Clients' payrolls managed by GBS are horribly implemented and the employees of the clients' suffer because IBM lacks the knowledge and capability to implement clients' payrolls successfully. Lawsuit after lawsuit has been filed against IBM.

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    IBM2015-01-15
  8. "Good Work life Balance"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Coordinator 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I like the vacation benefits

    Cons

    Low growth opportunity, low pay

    Advice to Management

    Consider promoting your internal employees

    IBM2014-11-07
  9. "Company changing dramatically for a changing world"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Representative 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Opportunity, locations, technology and people who work there are for the most part top notch individuals

    Cons

    Finance driven decisions, failure to let managers manage.

    Advice to Management

    Move out people who do not buy in to where the company is going. Be real with employees and quit hiding behind 'what we can't say'.

    IBM2014-11-04
  10. "A wonderful and formative experience"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Program Director in Mount Pleasant, Saratoga, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    As a fresh graduate there was no place better to learn the business of HR

    Cons

    Above a certain level, you really had to play the game to get ahead

    Advice to Management

    Focus on people who make a difference, not the ones who look good

    IBM2014-05-27
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