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IBM Human Resources Reviews

Updated October 16, 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 917 reviews)

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  1. "Vice President, Human Resources"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President, Human Resources
    Current Employee - Vice President, Human Resources
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Deep thinking, All-inclusive, Diverse, Caring, Non-invasive, Understanding, Friendly

    Cons

    Cannot think of many, seriously, but with scale one can feel to be on an island someties


  2. Helpful (1)

    "HR"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Remote, OR
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Remote, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People work very hard - give up their lives!

    Cons

    Company is failing and not rethinking approaches

    Advice to Management

    Get it together

  3. "HR Executive"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Human Resources Executive in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM is essential for our clients, playing a key role in the current WW transformation, moving to the Digital Era. HR is partnering in this transformation with key focus in Skills development and creating the best employee experience. Then, a great place to work, learn, develop and grow.

    Cons

    No cons at this moment. Great place to work in!!

    Advice to Management

    Great moment to keep coaching and advising constantly. People Management role is more relevant than ever before, in the middle of these changes.


  4. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Everything is great, even the ability to work from home

    Cons

    There are no cons that I can think of


  5. "Great company to grow professional skills"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources in Armonk, NY
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Armonk, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Offering Learning in a plethora of topics
    Fosters mentoring
    Diversity

    Cons

    Road blocks to transition between job functions
    Evaluation process is bias and debilitating
    Promotion of unprepared people managers

    Advice to Management

    Promote people managers that have unequivocally demonstrated the required skills and cultural & organizational readiness.


  6. "One of THE Top 5 brands to work for...............globally"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Human Resources in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Continually re-invents itself to stay relevant to changing times. IBM is 'World Issue' relevant, not just a technology services company - focusing on solving issues such as curing diseases, ensuring that expertise in areas such as healthcare, law, finance is available to ALL, no matter where you live or your socio-economic limitations, etc. IBM has had a focus on equal pay and diversity since long before it became a focus for other organizations. Career development opportunities are second to none, the internal movement of staff to new roles is a constant focus

    Cons

    Sometimes it can be a little bureaucratic and overly 'matrixed' - but with 400,000+ staff its difficult not to have some of that..........pay/benefits are good but not industry leading - real motivation to join comes from the career opportunity presented, the chance for personal and professional growth once in IBM and the thrill of working for an industry leading brand which is taking Watson to the world.

    Advice to Management

    Be a little more willing to take risks and empower your good people - don't get bogged down in process


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    "Amazing Career Opportunities as You Progress in Life"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As I progressed through life and my 30 years at IBM, my job interests changed. IBM has so many career opportunities and remains so current, that I was able to move from engineering to project management to consulting to sales and to human resources, each job building on the skills I developed from the previous role. And, I was able to do this within the same IBM family. Leadership development is also a great advantage, allowing me to take on exciting and challenging assignments to prepare for the next phase of my career. I made the right choice.

    Cons

    There is too little time in life to be able to experience all the career opportunities that IBM has to offer.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on staying relevant and providing opportunities to those with the ambition to move the company in the right direction.

  8. "Recruiter"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources RECRUITER & Human Resources DELIVER ANALYST in Armonk, NY
    Current Employee - Human Resources RECRUITER & Human Resources DELIVER ANALYST in Armonk, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    IBM is an organization that values diversity. It is backed by a high level of integrity, team spirit and moral.

    Cons

    It tend to overlook some of its best employees.


  9. "HR"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in Armonk, NY
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Armonk, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work / life flexibility, career paths/opportunities/progression, diversity and inclusion, IBM values, company that continues to transform and make a real difference and impact in the world.

    Cons

    Constant focus on budgets and financials, long hours


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Leaders are not role models"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Professional in Armonk, NY
    Current Employee - Human Resources Professional in Armonk, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great values and great vision. The strategy designed for IBM's business growth and culture change is right on point with the needs of the new and changing environment.
    The management tend not to evaluate you based on hours, but impact and results - and they are advised to also evaluate how you achieve these results (you must live the values).

    Cons

    Our leaders do not do what they preach!
    IBM lives a constant dichotomy between what we know we need to do and what we're used to do and know the results that come from it. It's natural for any company going through such a big change, but most of the leaders are the ones not acting as the IBMers of the future and still pressuring their team to do the same so they can stay in their comfort zone - this is making a lot of good talent leave IBM.

    Advice to Management

    There's a lot of talk about people refreshment, but are we targeting all the population needed? I feel that we're not being hard enough on our leaders when it comes to behavior - we talk about it, but at the end, we're really just measuring them based on numbers. If they don't change, we won't move forward