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IBM IT Professional Reviews

Updated Jul 3, 2017

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  1. "Volunteer and community activities are numerous and fully supported by the company"

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    Current Employee - IT Professional 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The company has a wide range of both formal and informal initiatives surrounding volunteer work and giving back to the community. There are also ways to start a new activity for helping a specific area not already covered by one of the many activities. The management and company as a whole are extremely supportive of these activities. Participation is encouraged, though not required and often there is direct funding to accommodate certain aspects of volunteer efforts. Allowances are made in employee schedules to accommodate the timing of your volunteer efforts.

    Cons

    Continuous cycle of periodically trimming portions of the work force, particularly in the US is a general concern. This is related another general concern, which is the continuous budget cuts that come in the Information Technology area. This creates issues with growth of services, solutions and skills and contributes to pockets of poor morale.

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    IBM2017-07-03
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Old School at its core.they are trying to look progressive by doing things others did 15 yrs ago."

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    Current Employee - IT Professional in Armonk, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    If and only if.. you find the right group within IBM you may get respected and treated well.. Particularly the groups associated with the high visibility Cloud or Watson development teams. Budgets are ridiculously thin elseware and you are a "Number" at best.

    Cons

    Everyone I have come into contact with, (rare exceptions) is a narcissistic, self serving person.. despite age, race, religion or sex.. anyone who has been with them more than a few years will adopt this attitude to survive the environment. They will check you in Blue pages to size up whether they should bother with you/ help you/ mentor you or even respond to an email. IBM is NOT a learning environment.. They will hire you because of what you know, and maybe a degree or certification.. but don't expect them to encourage or pay for anything more. Ginny will talk about the value of personal development and creativity and how open the Co. is to it.. Virtually everyone below her level must keep her in the dark about the reality. Because they use budget restriction excuses for not developing people, longer term employees were told within hours after her very public announcement kicking off the Th!nk40 that it was not going to happen for them.. Ask questions during your interview about when the last time was that anyone in the department got external training for their role.. Please, for god's sake.. consider the offer carefully and read the agreement critically! you will be signing away you life in effect. very old school expectations of blind loyalty and commitment are expected. Which is only possible if you are completely ignorant and have zero experience in business.. I have worked for a few and this is not the cutting edge progressive Co. it should and needs to be to succeed.

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    IBM2017-03-03
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good for name on resume but company culture is toxic"

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    Current Employee - IT Professional in Mechanicsburg, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    This is a large company with a well-known brand. Although many developers know of the toxic environment, other employers are still unaware of the situation. As such, having IBM on my resume has helped create opportunities.

    Cons

    Stack ratings guarantee politics as opposed to good performance. Employees who are good at networking and promoting themselves (or taking credit for work) will excel. Actual performance on the job is not rewarded (or punished). In addition, outsourcing at IBM is extremely pervasive. Get used to late night/early morning meetings with India. This also means that there is very little job security.

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    IBM2012-07-28
  4. "IT Professional"

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    Former Employee - IT Professional in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM for more than 5 years

    Pros

    good people, products and vision good support and training I liked the culture. People worked well together.

    Cons

    none really. I enjoyed my time, worked with good people and projects. I had 2 direct managers, although different in styles, both very good.

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    IBM2017-06-01
  5. "Where's the IT support when you need one?"

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    Former Employee - IT Professional in Manila, Manila
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Competitive benefits, flexible work hours, multi-cultural work environment.

    Cons

    Internal IT support is inadequate. Standards and processes are there but are not implemented consistently across the different organizations. Surprisingly has bad technology infrastructure resulting to slow networks and sending/receiving emails getting delayed by 4-5 hours or more. Seasoned employees have very bad and unprofessional attitude towards their peers -would bad mouth their peers in front of clients so that they would appear to be good at doing their jobs.

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    IBM2014-04-14
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Like living in a socialist country with a healthy quality of life and full of soccer moms and dads."

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    Former Employee - IT Professional in Toronto, ON
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    1. Above average workplace environment 2. Possible to explore other parts of a large organization 3. Education and skills growth 4. Looks good on a resume 5. Management and implementation methodologies are good (on paper)

    Cons

    1. Cliques mean good opportunities go to friends and families, impossible to break into the "Club" 2. Lot of dead weight 3. Professional development managers are (typically) not great achievers and don't know how to motivate or manage high-performance employees 4. In practice, technical excellence is not given high priority; is fundamentally a sales organization 5. Easy to get stuck in a silo and feel like Rip Van Winkle in a couple of years

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    IBM2008-12-28
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