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IBM Human Resources Reviews

Updated March 7, 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. Helpful (1)

    "HR Admin"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Administrative Executive in Armonk, NY
    Former Employee - Human Resources Administrative Executive in Armonk, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at IBM (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Place to work, Management is very good and friendly.

    Cons

    Nothing to share much.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing. All good from my point of view.


  2. "Work on technology that matters with intelligent colleagues from across the globe"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Professional
    Current Employee - Human Resources Professional
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Incredible Technology
    - Deep client relationships
    - Flexible work environment
    - Smart, culturally intelligent colleagues
    - Worldwide / Global Scope
    - Change-accepting Culture

    Cons

    - Deeply entrenched hierarchical structure
    - 380,000+ employees, difficult to stand out
    - workaholic culture
    - slow to embrace industry shifts in recent years
    - consistently cutting benefits and perks for employees year after year

    Advice to Management

    - work diligently to "flatten" bits of the organization
    - reward your best employees appropriately (the competition for talent will only become tougher in the future, retention of top talent is of the utmost important)
    - continue building out the Watson portfolio to enter new markets where AI could make significant improvements and contributions
    - find a way to get back into the minds of everyday consumers

    IBM Response

    Mar 10, 2017 – Program Consultant - IBMer Engagement

    Thank you for writing a review. We’re happy to hear that our great people, wonderful clients, and innovative technology have all made your experience at IBM enjoyable. We have recognition programs in ... More


  3. "IBM"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in Armonk, NY
    Current Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in Armonk, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting technology that is changing the world, opportunities to make an impact, dynamic, great people, company with integrity

    Cons

    Big, complex, can be bureaucratic


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  5. "IBM"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Delivery Service Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Delivery Service Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work. Take advantage of all the free IBM talent and performance management tools to further your career.

    Cons

    Low-moderate compensation packages. Hard to transfer to different departments

    Advice to Management

    Review your compensation package.


  6. "Ok place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than a year)

    Pros

    They really are walking the talk when it comes to how best to provide feedback in a fast-moving, social environment. While the outside debate rages on about the value of performance management systems, IBM has done something about it, and has spent time listening to em…

    Cons

    We'll wait to see how well managers can incorporate this. Any performance review and coaching system is only as good as the managers who implement it. But the basics are all there for them to use.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the design, feedback, adjust, and adapt methodology.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "IBM - A company in transition"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Professional
    Current Employee - Human Resources Professional
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting challenges and complex problems to solve. Good focus on developing leaders (both management and non-management). Work colleagues are bright and top notch people (mostly). A global organization provides opportunities to work with and learn from people all over the world. A long-standing and true commitment to diversity.

    Cons

    IBM is not a growth company, even though sr management talks about growth, it's not there. They continue to be profitable through a maniacal focus on cost cutting and improving "productivity." The concept of "do more with less" has been pushed to the extreme in some areas, especially in the support functions like HR, Finance, Communications, Operations, etc. The experience for many IBMers today is excessive workload, long work hours, including weekends, and lots of pressure to act with a "sense of urgency" (everything is treated like a fire-drill). Combined with the ever looming threat of being laid-off in the annual "Resource Action" that happens every year in 1Q (following disappointing annual results), makes IBM a pretty miserable place to work these days! Which is in stark contrast with its history.

    Advice to Management

    Stop kidding yourself. IBM's attrition rates are high (compared with historical experience) and will continue to be so because you treat people like disposable assets.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "The good, bad, and ugly"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Armonk, NY
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Armonk, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The best and brightest minds work here. IBM is a "way of life," and that implies you can reach out to anyone, any place, any time and they will be willing to help you. A lot of opportunities world wide.

    Cons

    Too focused on cost cutting. No investment. Strategy is sound, but too many silos.

    Advice to Management

    Get on the same page!! There's no I in TEAM!! Working TOGETHER we can return to GROWTH!


  9. "recruiter"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Service Administrator/Senior Recruiter in Armonk, NY
    Former Employee - Human Resources Service Administrator/Senior Recruiter in Armonk, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than a year)

    Pros

    we can work from home

    Cons

    Nothing negetive about IBM i liked everything about it

    Advice to Management

    .


  10. "HR Partner"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Partner in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Human Resources Partner in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Innovative company that embraces change. Cutting edge technology that sets the stage for tremendous business impact

    Cons

    Non that I can think of other than salaries running below market

    Advice to Management

    Provide more performance based incentives to non-sellers that are tied to individual objectives and innovation


  11. "Human Resoruces"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources
    Former Employee - Human Resources
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging work tasks. Diversity. Career opportunities.

    Cons

    Hierarchy gets in the way of innovation and communication.

    Advice to Management

    Be open minded