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Updated August 22, 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 896 reviews)

  • Long hours required during peak work periods (in 432 reviews)

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  1. "SAP Developer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SAP Developer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - SAP Developer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good company to work

    Cons

    Less salary so need, this is something to think


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Sales Manager Software"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart, motivated people up to the mid management level. Work from home makes it nice especially since must of the day is spent on conference calls.

    Cons

    Six month sales plans and shifting comp strategies with unachievable quotas make it difficult to make steady commissions worth the intense pressure the company applies. Constant layoffs with ever changing criteria has every employee concerned that they have a target on their back. Budget cuts have gone so deep that customers are paying the price with reduced support resources and churn.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to the model where people and customers came first, not executive bonuses. Go back to annual sales plans and commit to a strategy. You need to reduce the employee turnover as that is directly impacting declining revenue.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Innovation, Respect and Contribution"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Huge commitment to innovation. Excellent technologists. Approachable execs. Gives to the community. An impressive culture.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic. Big company processes.

    Advice to Management

    Empower people and do as much as possible to get out of their way.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Constant Sales Reorganization"

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of options in sales as IBM is involved in most aspects of business to business technology. Remote work environment for salespeople. Good personal freedom as long as you are making your numbers.

    Cons

    Constant sales territory reorganization prevents you from really getting to know your customers and prospects and hinders sales success and commissions. Constant realignment of roles so what you sign up for may not be your role in 6 months.

    Advice to Management

    Let the salespeople get to know their territories and prospects. It will produce better results. Simplify the sales plan to ensure salespeople can understand how they are paid as this will motivate the field team.


  5. "Administrative Assistant/Receptionist June 2016-May 2017"

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    Former Contractor - Contractor in Houston, TX
    Former Contractor - Contractor in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Loved working for Softlayer now known as IBM Bluemix. People and the professionalism made for a very nice Atmosphere to be productive and grow in my skillset.

    Cons

    Downtown traffic, too many options for lunch!


  6. "ACS"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Coworkers are good to work with. docent medical insurances, 401k.

    Cons

    Some up'er management depositions are bad. and a pay in-cress is needed for older employees to meet industry standers. some new befits would help also.

    Advice to Management

    Need to move forward in time. start looking at the new composes out there and get away from old 1950's thanking. Move into the new cloud age. for up'er management.


  7. "Ibm feels like it's going through growing pains adapting to new software/cloud model"

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great salary, great people, never bored, never mundane, flexible (if you're not in marketing).. all together, innovative, there are a lot of pros to working here.

    Cons

    Too big, red tape, RAs, direction doesn't seem to be agreed upon by senior managers and execs. The company culture, though innovative, feels uneasy due to IBMs performance in the marketplace the past couple of years.

    Advice to Management

    Spend some time cohesively agreeing to and solidifying business needs before pushing directives that impact resources of such a large machine.

  8. "IBM"

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    Current Employee - Senior Applications Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Consultant in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM is one of the best organization to work within a group of talented and experienced pool.

    Cons

    I was stuck in single project for 2 years that's really upsetting about management,

    Advice to Management

    People need change in work to gain and grow in career.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great company to work for // only few minor issues"

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    Current Employee - Enterprise Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Enterprise Consultant in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - High, competitive salary. Could not believe I was making X amount out of college.
    - Access to the best training whether that be online on in person (free!)
    - Great health insurance
    - Good reputation . . . Everyone always looks very impressed when they find out that I work for IBM

    Cons

    - Ambiguity within the first year of job. Had no idea what I was doing for about 10 months
    - Front line manager isn't helpful or open for questions (please note, this was with MY manager. There are about 10 others that I hear are really helpful and great leaders... I just got unlucky)

    Advice to Management

    I don't really have any problems with management as a whole. My project manager was great, but my Bluepages manager was not. I think I just got unlucky, considering most of my coworkers were very happy with their managers.


  10. "Program Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent Work Culture
    Plethora of Opportunity to Learn and Explore
    Secure Job Environment
    Job Security

    Cons

    Not that a great payer


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