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Updated June 23, 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 916 reviews)

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  1. 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.


  2. "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.

  3. "SAP Technology"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible , more robust process

    Cons

    one may need to prepare to leave anytime

    Advice to Management

    Accommodate Strategy from people perspective as well


  4. "Good work experience!"

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    Former Employee - Client Technical Professional in League City, TX
    Former Employee - Client Technical Professional in League City, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Definitely gives many opportunities to develop personal, networking and sales skills. You will be able to gain lasting friendships, which will carry over into your personal life and give birth to other numerous opportunities. Also training is great i.e. "Global Sales School" and "Top Gun".

    Cons

    Working remote with such a huge company does vastly limit the ability to develop strong networks throughout the company. As a CTP you will find it hard to work with reps depending on the product/offering you sale, this is because reps go where the money is. Be prepared to carry a heavier work load to make up for the shift. In addition management often looses sit of what the sales teams need to be successful and never really push for change.

    Advice to Management

    STOP changing the reps territory so often, it highly irritates the customer and diminishes the relationship considerably. Make sure there is incentive for reps to sale the full portfolio of products and not just one or two specific pieces.


  5. "Senior Managing Consultant"

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

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

    Pros

    IBM is trying to get transformed internally, exciting new stuff
    A lot of opportunities if you know how to move inside

    Cons

    For a Consultant everything is billing and the company institutionalize this behavior
    Culture in projects is don't do but have others do and take their credit from them; another big piece of the culture is "Blame others"

    Advice to Management

    Treat your workforce as people, not as billing machines


  6. "Employees a resource?"

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    Former Employee - IT Architect in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - IT Architect in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    IBM has some great people. They use to treat them as a highly valued resource. They use to award free spirits and wild ducks.

    Cons

    They currently view their people as an expense to the bottom line and are making decisions that abuse this greatest of resources. This will be to the detriment of the company

    Advice to Management

    Return to the company value that made it great.


  7. "Small Fish in a Big Pond"

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

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

    Pros

    Strong brand name and high quality employees

    Cons

    Constant re-structures makes it difficult to network

    Advice to Management

    Build the consulting practices to be real practices, not a constant shift of line managers.

  8. "Its Alright"

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good coworkers, especially those pre acquisition
    My group males cutting edge products
    Lots of flexibility
    Managers generally seem to want to actually help

    Cons

    Constantly slashing benefits
    Bonuses raises and promotions are more strongly tied to how IBM is doing than you or your group is doing
    Too many meetings

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees
    Reward employees and groups that are doing well instead of punishing or rewarding everyone equally


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Security Software Sales"

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    Current Employee - Security Software Sales in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Security Software Sales in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    IBM is making a deep investment in the data security portfolio. Lots of solid acquisitions (QRadar, Big Fix, Resilient Systems) Compensation for sales position is competitive. Deep penetration into the fortune 500 with relationships at the very top make large enterprise sales possible.
    It is possible to reinvent your career at IBM. IBM enables and encourages this.

    Cons

    Channel sales are a mess. The programs are difficult to understand and even more difficult for business partners to get paid on. Most VAR's in the security space don't work with IBM. This is a huge opportunity missed.

    The culture is dated. Too many people who have been at IBM for way too long with dated, unproductive practices. Meetings that result in meetings so they can schedule more meetings.

    Healthcare is very expensive for such a large company

    Advice to Management

    FIx the channel. Cut non-essential sales roles. Keep investing in quality security software solutions


  10. "Senior Computer Operator"

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    Former Employee - Senior Computer Operator in South Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Computer Operator in South Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working from home and sometimes at the office.

    Cons

    No yearly raises and pay raise.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


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