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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 925 reviews)

  • Long hours like everwhere elses (in 441 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Adventure with the High C's (CEO, CFO, CIO, CISO)"

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    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I work with unmatched researchers and engineers that are solving for problems others haven't anticipated yet. In security specifically I have the highest level of confidence about the primary problem we are addressing and that no other provider can even check more than two of the five boxes needed except IBM and that's because of what they decided to do 12 years ago. Our CEO is leading the the most daunting change of any other leader of any other organization on the planet and it's working...the ship is turning and some people are jumping off, some hiding in the berth but the majority are hands on deck. This is an exciting and challenging time to be an IBM'er.

    Cons

    If you're looking for a place to settle in and not be challenged on a daily basis this would be a bad choice. There's still some complexity with an organization the size of IBM. And some people who protect and hold onto processes or principles of the past on how things 'ought' to be done as if their written in stone convictions, but their either adapting or moving on. Realizing there's a difference between convictions that are unchanging like: honesty, integrity, personal responsibility, etc... and principles like following steps 1,2,3,4,5,6... to closing deals with clients when steps 1,3,5 were sufficient. If you want easy and unchallenging then you should find somewhere else to build a career.

    Advice to Management

    Rethink the layers and level of trust. If you hire someone to coach and manage a field team then you have to trust their inputs on numbers and needs. The fewer people between them and you the easier it is to move and win. If it's a matter of fielding all the questions, request for approvals, clarifying expectations, etc... then have a couple people that support you in those areas but not as layers between you and the field...as members of the team supporting the field.


  2. "Nickel and dimed"

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive salaries.
    Plenty of new technologies to learn.

    Cons

    If you play their games (blue dollars used on internal tools that don't work but offered by IBM), you'll do great.
    Management taught to never make waves for fear of career being hurt.
    Too many policies in place now that only help IBM. 401k matching will only be given in December, if you leave earlier, you forfeit any matching contributions.
    No matter how long you've worked with IBM, if laid off, you will only be given one month of severance. Used to be based on years of service.
    These are all smart moves for IBM but eventually the employees understand how little they really matter.
    If you've worked there over ten years, be careful, you could be laid off only to be replaced by college grads making 40% less.

    Advice to Management

    The culture needs to change drastically in order to facilitate growth and loyalty. Start undoing the policies which only look good of the bottom line and realize that you're playing with employee's futures.

  3. "I/T Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work - Highly innovative

    Cons

    You have to work lot of additional time to spend on IBM activities


  4. "Summit Program"

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    Current Employee - Technical Sales, Summit Program in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Technical Sales, Summit Program in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Talented people, thorough training, energetic leadership, mentorships, Summit hires are welcomed by all IBM employees and allowed to shadow and observe, sales and training curriculum is really well developed, management style is hands off and laid back, and company culture is work hard play hard.

    Cons

    A fair amount of travel involved with the Summit program. Workload can be intensive at times.

    Advice to Management

    Keeping the remote work option will enable you to get the top talent and not limit IBM to who can move around and be locationally flexible.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Senior it specialist"

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    Current Employee - Senior IT Specialist in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Senior IT Specialist in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Variety of work and career paths. Flexible work hours and location work from home is encouraged. Training is encouraged even though cost of training is frowned upon

    Cons

    Short sighted management do not listen to customers or senior staff only focus on how to get thing done cheaply not realizing the customer is not happy with your cheap resources. Sales is how the management team is compensated even if their responsibility is to deliver.

    Quality is just given lip service.

    No opportunity to grow you career and salary. Any promotion means you will soon be laid off

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees


  6. "Application Developer"

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    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good place to work at.
    Good career opportunities
    Work from home option available for a good number of projects

    Cons

    Salaries aren't competitive
    Bonus structure should be changed.

    Advice to Management

    Good hike should be given to top performers


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Program Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nothing that I can think of

    Cons

    Too big and impersonal. No one gets to know what you are doing

    Advice to Management

    talk more to your employees about what they are doing. Engage them more.

  8. "Working at IBM"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I would recommend IBM to anyone looking for large fast-paced environment where you can be surrounded by smart, dedicated individuals from every corner of the world.

    Cons

    The global nature of the workforce means conference calls early in the morning and very late at night. You will feel like you work all of the time.

    Advice to Management

    Increase the number of people eligible for Top Performer status.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Low moral and not getting any better"

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    Current Employee - IT Architect in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - IT Architect in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great potential for the future and a lot of great ideas being talked about that could make a very bright future.

    Cons

    Currently too focused on financials and not growing talent, skills, retention, and reassurance of the overall company direction. The top technical resources are being scooped up by other companies by the hour. The company attempt to pretend they are providing education is extremely too focused on current highlighted technologies, but what the company forgets is that even the latest and greatest direction, like Cloud, requires many other skills underneath to be able to provide and improve on that give area.

    Advice to Management

    Read my Cons. If the company only concern is what we are delivering now, and what the future of what is being delivered now, they are missing on many other areas that could be the talk of the future. Go back to investing more on R&D. That is was placed this company on the map initially as a technology giant. We are now more of a follower of what other companies are coming up with. I'm a proud IBMer, but I have to be able to be honest of the current situation.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Top performer treated like most employees, a cancer."

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    Former Employee - Senior Client Executive in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Senior Client Executive in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits, learning, having IBM on the resume?

    Cons

    Pay, pressure, employees are treated like a cancer. 401k matches now only at end of year, no raises again, constant firings with 13,000 fired last week. The upside is to leave, which is what they want anyway.

    Advice to Management

    The extreme mathematical focus on the earnings per share has clearly backfired in the last two+ years with IBM stock price flat while the S&P 500 is up 60%. (Oct '11 - March '14) Perhaps focus on making clients happy instead?


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