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Updated March 5, 2018
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  • "Bad work life balance in the company" (in 1011 reviews)

  • "Long Hours suck sometimes but not too bad" (in 474 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Manager Consultant"

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

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

    Pros

    Great range of areas to grow within IBM

    Cons

    Last 5 years slow growing, small salary increases


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some interesting projects are available, just difficult to find

    Cons

    Way too much bureaucracy to be effective

    Advice to Management

    stop the walls between every group

  3. "Client Partner"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance. Entrepreneurial mindset. Amazing set of services and solutions to truly transform the world

    Cons

    Slave to the market. Compensation below competitors


  4. "Great people, transformation is tough"

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    Current Employee - Business Development in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Business Development in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salaries are competitive, colleagues are very supportive of each other, teaming is big part of culture. Can do everything for clients, but devil is in the details..

    Cons

    Very confused GTM with more and more newly created business units, matrixed management is challenging. Cost cuts being used to achieve profitability negatively impact the ability to deliver on contracts

    Advice to Management

    Focus on simplifying the offerings and solutions. Reduce BUs in favor of simplified GTM and comp structures. Consider delivery impact when weighing cost cuts.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "It just keeps getting worse."

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

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

    Pros

    I get paid below average, but it's a paycheck.

    Cons

    Leadership in this company has zero clue what they are doing. They keep chasing buzzwords, and keep adding more people on top of the people who actually bring technical prowess to the orgnanization. Those people just make it even more impossible for the smart people to accomplish anything worthwhile.

    Advice to Management

    Fire all your management.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "A Company based on Values"

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    Current Employee - Delivery Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Delivery Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong culture of innovation and problem solving
    Leader in Diversity, Advocacy and Inclusion
    Work-Life Balance (New parental leave policy is right direction for IBM)
    Global opportunities

    Cons

    Bureaucratic and outdated internal policies and procurement.
    Compensation is average, pay increases are below average.

    Advice to Management

    Have Growth Mindset: Empower employees to take risks and make decisions that is consistent to values to achieve clients success. Value employees for the expertise they share, not only the knowledge they know.


  7. "The Great"

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    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at IBM (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits that there is

    Cons

    Can be intense towards end of quarters

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the hierarchical bureaucracy

  8. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary, great health benefits

    Cons

    Management is not so great


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Private and Public feel very different"

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    Current Employee - Software Tester in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Software Tester in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Lots of training options
    - Overall good benefits
    - Room in company to move if desired
    - I've heard the Private sector is an awesome place to work
    - CEO seems to really want to make this a great company and a great place to work

    Cons

    - Government side requires an average of 44 hours per week. Though many jobs and people can/do easily make this target, some people have home lives they need to attend to and find it difficult to keep up with this average. In other words, there is NO reward or real motivation for finishing your work early - your reward is more work, and no extra bonus. And, being promoted means a higher requirement of hours worked. This, for me and a few others I know, has quickly turned into burn-out an lack of interest in our work.
    - Many projects to work on, so can move around in company, but most require working remotely or being relocated. This can be a turn off for people who desire a strong, stable family life.

    Advice to Management

    In some areas, you are killing productivity by asking us to keep up with a minimum amount of hours. Tracking hours isn't such a bad thing, but you are not getting more out of us by asking us to work more hours - in some cases you're actually getting less out of us, for it starts to breed bad habits


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Ibm is about lay off hundreds of high skill Architects and technical people"

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    Current Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    use to be a stable company

    Cons

    old school, slow to adopt and keep making wrong bet

    Advice to Management

    IBM is putting hundreds of high skill Architects and technical people through a so call " global performance improvement program" to make them either Leads or consultants especially at the time when they cloud solution Softlayer is a failure. They forces people to learn new skills without a single consideration if it is a fit to each people.

    It is also a blatant age discrimination to get rid of the old technical people, i do agree that some people skill sets are no longer needed but this strategy of one size fits all will fail flatly on their face. In addition, the implementation leaves a lot of room for improvement and ineffective; for example, they should have create a smaller groups of people, get them together and train them instead of blasting zillions of emails that serve absolutely nothing.

    If you are a IBM shareholders, get rid of the current management because they are really lost, sell their shares because IBM is dying,


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