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IBM Houston Reviews

Updated November 22, 2016
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  • The hours are very long with a poor work/life balance (in 799 reviews)

  • There is an expectation to work long hours to progress within the company (in 398 reviews)

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  1. "SAP Technology"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "Good work experience!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. "Senior Managing Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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  5. "Employees a resource?"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. "Small Fish in a Big Pond"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. "Its Alright"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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    "Security Software Sales"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  9. "Senior Computer Operator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  10. "Sales"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Client Executive in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Client Executive in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Work out of your home office
    - Reputation of the Company in the Industry

    Cons

    - Travel is a big part of most sales positions
    - Management inflates sales projections all the way up the chain which results in IBM consistently (14 quarters in a row) missing their Quarterly Earnings Committment

    Advice to Management

    Take the word of your direct reports on what they can actually deliver on a quarterly basis and don't inflate the numbers you are given to make yourself look good. Tell it like it is and everyone from employees to shareholders will be better off.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Associate Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great team atmosphere. Manager was just a phone a call away.

    Cons

    Salary is slightly below average. 401K match program changed. Have to find your next project primarily on your own.



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