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Updated February 26, 2017
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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. "Low growth low pay, not for me."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at IBM (More than a year)

    Pros

    employee perks are great, not much else to say.

    Cons

    Too many employees, never met my manager. low wage for skills/experience. felt like my contribution didn't matter. Very low job satisfaction.


  2. "Identity and Access managment consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Houston, TX
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Houston, TX
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Has some of the most exciting and highly technical customers. Projects are fast paced and lot of roam to learn technical stuff.

    Cons

    No career growth for contractors.

    Advice to Management

    Retaining talent is missing


  3. "Senior Managing Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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
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    • 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"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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


  8. "Great People"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Software Client Architect in Montgomery, TX
    Former Employee - Software Client Architect in Montgomery, TX

    I worked at IBM (More than a year)

    Pros

    Learned a lot from really smart people

    Cons

    Nothing bad to say about IBM


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Security Software Sales"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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


  10. "Senior Computer Operator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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


  11. "WPF Application Developer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Applications Developer in Houston, TX
    Former Contractor - Applications Developer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people. They know what they are doing.

    Cons

    Nothing that I can think of now.



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