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Updated December 20, 2016
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  • The hours are very long with a poor work/life balance (in 782 reviews)

  • There is an expectation to work long hours to progress within the company (in 392 reviews)

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  1. "Shipping"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Shipping in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Shipping in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work for, they have great benefits if you get on full time. People there are friendly.

    Cons

    It is quite hard to get on full time you must fit there type of employee if not they will cancel your contract, they will have you doing all kinds of work with no rewards

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time getting to know your employees on a first hand basis not just tell them what to do


  2. "Disappointing!"

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    Former Employee - Software Account Manager (CSSR) in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Software Account Manager (CSSR) in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work from home. Challenging environment and good technology. Good and very bright people work there and have made lasting friendships..

    Cons

    This is a political machine. I always surpassed quota, and several times did 2-300% of quota only to have accounts and territory taken away with the explanation (5 times) "I was doing too well." They don't like initiative and punish excellent performance.

    Advice to Management

    Reward over achievers. Quit raising quotas during the year when people are in accelerators. Management should focus and quit the ambiguity.


  3. "Project Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    I can work autonomously. Processes are constantly changing with no regard to how it will affect other work streams.

    Cons

    Way too much bureaucracy, executives who think they're god and don't understand what normal employees have to go through to get their jobs done, nor do they care.

    Advice to Management

    Start valuing your employees instead of or in addition to your stockholders.


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  5. "Living on previous successes"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Seabrook, TX
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Seabrook, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working for a large company, you can develop contacts all over the world and maybe look good on the resume. They also do remote work or work from home if you are so lucky to be a part of that group. Some divisions are much better then others.

    Cons

    More less have to work for your vacation time. Complex personal performance evaluation system.
    They still develop new product like it was the late 90's early 2000's. They very much pinch the pennies when it would payoff greatly to provide the better resources. They tend to buy their next product instead of developing them.

    Advice to Management

    Reinvest into the employers and provide better work system equipment. Adopt the new technologies and methods.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Not what IBM used to be"

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

    I worked at IBM (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart people, leading solutions, decent benefits, above market base salary (but don't pay bonuses). Company name still has positive recognition

    Cons

    Not a collaborative atmosphere. Expectations don't always match market realities. Constant need for everyone to go above and beyond. Bonuses are often not paid. 401k intact paid at end of year, so if you leave Dec 1, you get nothing

    Advice to Management

    Think beyond the next quarter; commit to your people; remember that the people make the company and stop treating them like throw away


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Poor CEO + Low Morale = Avoid!"

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

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

    Pros

    - Decent benefits package
    - Competitive base salary
    - Name Recognition on your Resume when you inevitably decide to leave

    Cons

    - Low morale that keeps getting lower
    - Lack of employee support from leadership, leading to widespread disapproval of C-suite
    - Corporate Policies which indicate mistrust of practitioners (guilty until proven innocent)
    - Archaic evaluation and promotion practices
    - No interest in your personal career or retaining top talent
    - Shrinking talent pool due to lack of innovative work and unwillingness to promote top talent without meeting preset "years served" guidelines
    - Year-end bonuses are virtually non-existent and "raises" barely match inflation
    - No corporate culture or identity

    Advice to Management

    - By the time IBM becomes proficient in Cloud, nimbler companies will have cornered the market
    - Stop blaming practitioners for a failing strategy
    - Move on from Ginni Romety, 15 quarters of losses and she somehow gets a raise?
    - Do more to keep top talent and show mutual interest in employees' career trajectory


  8. Helpful (2)

    "IBM"

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

    Pros

    Incredibly talented and dedicated workforce.

    Cons

    Over the last 15-20 years, IBM has been moving from the Exceptional Excellence model company to the Middle-of-the-Road Mediocre model. All driven by the Financial Executive wieners trying to squeeze another 1/2% of margin out of the Financial reports. This model has been slowly sucking the company dry of dedicated go-the-distance workforce talent.

    Advice to Management

    Company executives treating employees as disposable assets and used to manipulate the company's Wall Street performance. Hardware and Software manufacturing are no longer the core backbone of IBM. High-margin Consulting Services and Technical Delivery Services are the core business. The IBM Employees are the life-blood of this service-oriented business.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "About work culture, career growth, salary...these comments are more relevant for folks planning on joining GBS"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Work culture
    Great colleagues
    Great projects

    Cons

    Little room for promotions for the 8+ yrs that I was there; management is trying to change it.
    Company dumped folks when it came time to help transition people; some of the folks had already worked out a move to other groups but that was blocked and people dumped in the recent "RA" exercise
    Poor bonuses.
    Poor rating process
    You get stuck at the salary you joined.
    Leadership works with 1 or 2 of it's favorite individuals and then no opportunities for the rest.

    Advice to Management

    Declining sales for 12 consecutive quarters...look at cutting your sales people OR challenge them to be diverse and work with different individuals on proposal


  10. Helpful (1)

    ""Don't protect the past…which seems to include many of the reasons to work there""

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Senior IT Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior IT Specialist in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You have an opportunity to work with some very smart and seasoned people. Benefits are generally good. Depending on your management, you may have an opportunity to move around and manage your career.

    Cons

    Training other than self-study/off-hours is pretty much non-existent due to spending budget restrictions. The internal education site "free classes" are mundane and out-of-date. Morale overall was pretty downtrodden. Every cycle a couple of people would disappear from immediate or matrixes teams in the next resource action, even where no low/mid-performers in revenue-generating roles. No longer a long-term career for most outside of management. Benefits decreasing or disappearing. Managers can limit your mobility within company by identifying you as a "critical" resource based on job-role, but have no means to justify keeping the headcount when the cuts are mandated.

    Advice to Management

    Culture and values are spiraling downward. May be great if you make it to the other side of Roadmap 2015, but negatively impacting a large number of quality, performing US workers along the way. Quality and time to delivery is suffering.


  11. "Reached a peak of job satisfaction 5-7 years ago, downhill since then"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Architect in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - IT Architect in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work from home arrangements, Name recognition, dealing with a global team... you will meet everyone from everywhere, but only if you travel on business. Benefits are still good, compared to other places, but being reduced each year.

    Cons

    IBM has a huge work from home culture, however I wouldn't necessarily call it work-life balance, as you are always expected to drop what you are doing 24/7 for conference calls. Your manager may be in another country and from a culture which is not similar to your own... but you will change managers every year and the only thing the new manager will know about you is what your previous manager tells them in the turn-over meeting. I probably had 8 managers in the last decade while staying in the same job role. I only ever met 2 of them in person.

    Advice to Management

    Not really worth the time, the band 9 and 10 managers have no power to influence or change anything, and the people above them do not listen to anything from "the ranks"



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