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Updated February 21, 2018
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  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. "IBM is a great place to work and have a career"

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Southbury, CT
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Southbury, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many Locations around the US and the World
    Many different types of jobs - not all are I/T
    Competitive Salaries and Benefits in job market
    Trying to become more agile and collaborative every day
    Lots of educational opportunities
    Room for advancement and growth if employee shows desire and initiative
    Work life programs, exercise incentives, etc
    Good checks and balances with management in place
    Pushing for use of newer technologies and Cloud

    Cons

    Getting better but still too many processes at times.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to attract new talent - especially continue the Summer intern volume that we just experienced this past Summer (for the first time in eons) - with ability to offer full time jobs upon graduation. We need to hire more resources in the US and this seems to be the best/easiest way to do it now in IBM.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "No job security, much stress"

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    Current Employee - Executive IT Specialist in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Executive IT Specialist in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working at home, but even that is going away.

    Cons

    Employee-hostile policies like not getting 401k match until end of year (if you make it), constant stress of waiting for the phone to ring to get laid off (constant layoffs), bad morale, benefits reduced all the time. Raises are pretty much non-existent, meaning less pay each year with inflation. Very political the higher you go.

    Advice to Management

    Stop focusing on financial management and get back to focusing on making great products and treating your employees like human beings again. This used to be a great company. Look how Google, Microsoft, and others treat their employees!


  4. "Good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Smart coworker that are willing to help.

    Cons

    9 hours a day are kind of required although you get paid for 8.


  5. "Good for learning but bad for money"

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Piscataway, NJ
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Piscataway, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is the best company to enhance your skills. You will get chances to learn new technologies and skillsets.
    Work life balance varies from project to project

    Cons

    IBM is very poor in terms of money. Average salary will always be less than the industry standards. Minimal hikes even to the top performers.

    Advice to Management

    Respect the employees with better salaries


  6. "IBM 2017"

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    Current Employee - IT Senior Specialist in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - IT Senior Specialist in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are so many different jobs at IBM, if you don't like the one you have, find another. The pay and benefits are generally good.

    Cons

    The company is in many ways too big and unchangeable though Ginny is trying. You feel like number at times.


  7. "Think before you jumpin."

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    Former Employee - IT Specialist
    Former Employee - IT Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Large global company with matching resources.

    Cons

    "Resource actions" twice annually. Bonus tied to measurement criteria that are unattainable and out of the individuals control or influence

  8. "It was a great place for me"

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    Former Employee - IT Senior Specialist in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - IT Senior Specialist in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It proved me opportunities to grow and develop my career. I had some fantastic managers (and some not so great) who supported me and were truly my advisors. The corporate culture and values were aligned with mine. You are in control of your career but the downside is that you have to take control.

    Cons

    In the 7 years I was at IBM, I had 9 different managers which meant that I needed to establish the relationship over and over. It is easy to be stove-piped into a role and can be difficult to move into a new career path. However, if you are persistent and willing to do the work to make it happen, you can make it happen,

    Advice to Management

    Abandon the "up or out." You are losing some great employees who are comfortable at the level they are and are not looking for promotion.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Overall Great company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Senior IT Specialist
    Former Employee - Senior IT Specialist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I was a traveling consultant for IBM for over 7 years. Well balanced matrix type organization. Very vibrant culture - everyone values good quality of work. Wonderful learning opportunities. Great benefits.

    Cons

    After having two little kids and traveling all the time, I realized, I was missing out on a lot of stuff. Even after over 7 years of travel, I could not negotiate a non-travel role - only option left for me was to quit and find a local job


  10. "The Great"

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    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at IBM (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits that there is

    Cons

    Can be intense towards end of quarters

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the hierarchical bureaucracy