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Updated December 15, 2018
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Amazingly progressive for a behemoth company."

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    Current Employee - IT Senior Specialist in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - IT Senior Specialist in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM is making impressive strides towards being a progressive company especially being the behemoth they are. IBM now has 12 weeks paternity leave for new fathers and even more for new mothers. IBM has a large remote workforce that promotes flexibility and a better work-life balance. IBM provides excellent opportunities to give back such as the PTECH mentoring program where we partner with a local highschool and mentor these students.

    GBS is finally beginning to focus on the employee. They created a "consultant college" which is a week long training for all levels in the organization called Bee School. It's nice to see IBM emphasizing employee growth and empowerment.

    Cons

    IBM IS HUGE! Depending on what group you are a part of, it's very easy to get stuck in a bubble where you do not interact with anyone outside of your direct practicing area. Too much focus on utilization, but that's a tough fix since it ties directly to revenue.

    Advice to Management

    The growth mindset needs to be had at every level of the organization. It can't just come from an executive and then some of the practitioners. It needs to be a focus for the entire company from practitioner, to your direct manager, and up the chain. Only then will we begin to see real a positive change in the culture with a focus employee empowerment and growth.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "like going back in business time"

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    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Seemingly reliable organization, stable employment, relatively non-dramatic

    Cons

    Hierarchical 60s style management and organizational structure, not very truly team orientated culture

  3. "18 year of my professional life"

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    Former Employee - IT Senior Specialist in Middletown, NJ
    Former Employee - IT Senior Specialist in Middletown, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The salary (and benefits package) is competitive

    Cons

    You work insane hours, and you do not feel appreciated

    Advice to Management

    Staff appropriately so each team member does not have to struggle to balance work and family life


  4. "IT Specialist"

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Poland, ME
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Poland, ME
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good for the beginning of the career in IT.

    Cons

    Old technologies in center in Poland.


  5. "Senior IT Specialist"

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    Former Employee - IT Senior Specialist
    Former Employee - IT Senior Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities and exposure to different domain from one client to the other if you are willing to travel for the job.

    Cons

    Traveling 100% finally caught up with me. You have to be ready to work 45-50 hrs/week.


  6. "IBM Research"

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Left alone to do your job. No micromanaging.

    Cons

    Bad pay, no advancement opportunities, raises are very rare.

    Advice to Management

    Company as a whole needs to treat employees better.


  7. "IBM Work Experience"

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    Former Employee - IT Specialist - Applications Developer in Boca Raton, FL
    Former Employee - IT Specialist - Applications Developer in Boca Raton, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM has great respect for their employees and takes good care of them. The work is very interesting, challenging, and involves a wide range of clients. The work is never boring.

    Cons

    Schedules are very demanding, generally requiring quite a bit of overtime. Lots of pressure to complete projects on short schedules.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Better opportunities"

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There's some decent job security, depending on your position.

    Cons

    Salary increases are hard to get. You often have to jump through hoops and prove yourself to your management team, which often can change and leave you starting at the beginning again to prove yourself. The salary band structure is confusing.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Not your Father's IBM"

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    Former Employee - IT Technical Support Specialist in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - IT Technical Support Specialist in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, professional environment, good career advancement potential.

    Cons

    No longer an "Employee-centric" organization.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on your employees and less on the stock price and you'll be a lot better off.


  10. "Senior IT Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Senior IT Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior IT Specialist in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of variety and challenging opportunities.

    Cons

    Travel, demanding, IBM = I'm By Myself

    Advice to Management

    Need to improve morale.