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Updated June 22, 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 850 reviews)

  • Working long hours is pretty typical (in 420 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good People"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Engineer in Cork (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Operations Engineer in Cork (Ireland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Get to work with great people! On interesting technologies...

    Cons

    No investment in equipment for staff... chairs, peripherals things like
    Also doesn't seem to much opportunity for career advancement either
    No active reviews or provision of formal training to advance experience and career

    Advice to Management

    Invest in basic equipment for people to do their jobs, so they don't have to use paper stacks as laptop stands, sit on chairs with stuffing falling out... buy their own keyboards or mice.. Also skill up your people, have some formal training opportunities.. e.g. IBM Certification courses..


  2. "Good for learning new skills"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Sales Specialist in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Technical Sales Specialist in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of time for learning. They invest in getting you up to speed and performing. They have an ok base salary.

    Cons

    Unrealistic targets. Sellers are measured on other things than their managers. Neither the canteen, nor the transportation to the campus is subsidised, and so both are to expensive.

    Advice to Management

    Consider the impacts on you people when you set targets

  3. "Very good company."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM is very good company and I would highly recommend it to anyone. You can expect friendly environment and a lot of possibilities to learn and to get in touch with current trends and technologies. It is international company, so you will have a possibility to work with colleagues from all over the world.

    Cons

    The biggest cons for me is that the company sticks to their processes very much. You will have process for everything, which is annoying and time consuming.

    Advice to Management

    Please transfer IBM strategy and ideas more clearly to your people. You hardly know what is the strategy of the company, if you have to fight with IBM processes the whole time.


  4. "Digital Sales"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Sales in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Digital Sales in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    trainings,
    flexible work,
    work from home option,
    steady, good income,

    Cons

    hard to keep moving up the ladder,
    business parts are copying their work partially,
    the atmosphere could be better,

    Advice to Management

    keep a closer eye to more heavy training if it comes to product knowledge,
    give an opportunity to your employees to shine more,
    canteen in the office - too pricey as well as bus to work overpaid


  5. "Big Company, so just my experience in Sales."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Presales in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Technical Presales in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great life/work balance.
    Lots of things going on so if you want to try different roles there are opportunities to move around.
    You get to use Mac/Ipad - trivial I know, but I like having the option.
    Career development is something you have to look after yourself (see Cons) but there are systems in place that you can tap into. That said, there is information overload, and you really need to spend time sifting through the internal sites.
    Fantastic technical people, really is a great community of knowledge.

    Cons

    Career Developement is a bit DIY
    IBM is struggling to know what it is - competes with so many companies.
    Perception of IBM is poor at the moment. We are chopping and changing our messaging, can feel a bit panic-like at times.
    Huge amount of process and crazy amount of internal spamming in terms of initiatives, mandatory training and so on.
    Feels a bit civil-service like at times and

    Advice to Management

    Hard to be critical, 1st and 2nd line have no real power. Way too many managers, too many processes, what can you do? Senior management is very poor, based on what has happened in the last year or so.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Big MNC like a 1970s oil tanker built well but sluggish. Constantly upgrading and getting new technology."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Blanchardstown (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Blanchardstown (Ireland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good base salary, good pension scheme, good lateral roles opportunities. Easy access off M50.

    Cons

    Sluggish, processes are insane. Work environment is average. Promotions are rare. Training is never ending and value of it is negative. Just tick the box exercises.

    Advice to Management

    Promote and retain talent don't lose good talent.


  7. "LGBT+ @ IBM"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Team Lead in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Sales Team Lead in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I am proud to have been working for IBM at a time when we have seen great progress for the LGBT+ community, not just internally in IBM but also in society in general. The introduction of the 8-bar rainbow logo made a big statement that diversity is embraced at IBM. That in combination with local LGBT+ initiatives have meant that I feel I can bring my full self to my job and can be an 'Out Role Model'.

    Cons

    IBM like any large organisation has its limitations in terms of budget and responsiveness but these can be overcome with the right Executive level sponsorship.

    Advice to Management

    I would advise Management to get more involved with their local LGBT+ communities to offer assistance to ensure maximum effectiveness.

  8. "Software engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, Great opportunities Good Salary

    Cons

    Depending on the project you work on you **might** get to use newer technologies


  9. Helpful (1)

    "IBM Ireland"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)

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

    Pros

    Tons of free training
    Nice people to work with
    Canteen quite ok
    Health insurance (100 % for you and partner, 50% for a child)
    Working from home
    Pension higher than in other companies I worked before

    Cons

    Slow, bureaucratic...
    Be prepared to receive at least 10 absolutely non-related and useless emails a day.
    Lotus Notes (you would not believe how much pain this is until you are forced to use it)
    Everything takes "ages" - no matter if it is software release, deployment planning, or career change. Things are not done promptly in IBM.
    Terrible location of IBM Campus (Damastown) - far from everywhere (unless you live in Blanchardstown)
    Outdated office (open spaces looks really worn out - at least in Building 6 - Software group building)
    You will be called "IBMer"...

    Advice to Management

    Less talk, more work...


  10. "Customer Fulfillment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Dublin in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Dublin in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good intranet and online training system
    You can taste the real problems of a very big company and apply literature
    Tons of title opportunity with more than 400000 employees
    Minimalistic environment for business driven people

    Cons

    Poor salary
    Very hard to get promoted or moved
    Difficult management especially in this IBM transformation phase
    Several subcontract projects

    Advice to Management

    Adapt to the change
    Embrace the new generation
    Take distance from your old fashion way to manage


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