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IBM Kansas City Reviews

Updated October 19, 2017
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  1. "Great"

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    Current Intern - Software Developer in Kansas City, MO
    Current Intern - Software Developer in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Always challenging, scope of gaining knowledge is relatively high. Positive environment with lot of fun activities every Friday. Best thing about IBM is you will get recognition for your work.

    Cons

    I don't find anything negative, hiring process is vey slow, however we do understand since IBM is very large organization things get delayed.

    Advice to Management

    -


  2. "Consulting company in an IBM shell"

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    Current Employee - QA Automation Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - QA Automation Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is great. Travel process is streamline, paid on time everytime.

    Cons

    60+ hours regular, no real PTO because you have to make it up. You have to find your own gigs.

  3. "Solution Architect"

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    Current Employee - Solution Architect in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Solution Architect in Overland Park, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong company on values and fairness

    Cons

    Company values employees contributions to build better solutions.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Great co-workers, questionable leadership strategies"

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    Current Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in Lenexa, KS
    Current Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in Lenexa, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities to learn new skills and expand your knowledge. Great benefits, great team mates.

    Cons

    Bonuses, raises and co-location. They recently implemented the co-location policy within the marketing department, which is expected to expand to all other business units as well. This doesn't just mean that we could find an office closest to us, we were given the ultimatum to either re-locate (in my case halfway across the country, first to San Francisco and then a month later to Boston), or find another job. I think this decision was a little short sighted, and a thinly veiled attempt to reduce workforce costs by forcing those with families and loved ones close by to either resign or essentially start their lives over. All of this with no increase in salary and a bare bones moving package.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and respect their input. There is a strong feeling throughout the organization that if you don't have the top job titles, no one cares what you have to say.


  5. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Devops Intern in Lenexa, KS
    Former Employee - Devops Intern in Lenexa, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, treat employees as people, awesome dev projects.

    Cons

    There are none that I can think of.

    IBM Response

    Apr 17, 2017 – Communications Engagement Professional

    Thank you for writing a review. We are happy to hear that your experience has been so positive during your time at IBM.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good managers are few and far between"

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    Current Employee - Campaign Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Campaign Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are top-notch

    Cons

    Cater to executive demands rather than being client-first
    Creativity is beaten out of you
    New ideas are discouraged unless you can 100% guarantee success
    Constant resource actions have created a culture of fear

    Advice to Management

    Identify the good managers and do whatever you can to keep them
    Start listening to client needs rather than executive wants
    Focus on employee happiness and results will follow
    Start living IBM's values


  7. Helpful (1)

    "IBM - Big Blue"

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    Current Employee - Senior Technical Specialist in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Specialist in Overland Park, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM is a globally respected company and one of the few companies capable of handling the IT requirements of the world's largest and most complex enterprises. IBM is also a leader in the latest technology advances related to cloud, analytics, data, mobile, and AI. Many IBMers work remotely, and the company rates highly as an equal opportunity employer

    Cons

    IBM jobs in the US are drying up. Cost pressures and are driving job opportunities overseas. IBM is forced to treat US employees as costs they would get rid of if they could. This is especially true in Technology Services and Strategic Outsourcing.

    Advice to Management

    Long time, loyal employees understand business realities but still they deserve some loyalty and recognition for their efforts on your part, even if you must let them go.

  8. "Great place to live a career....just keep learning and self-manage it"

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    Current Employee - Senior Cloud Advisor in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Cloud Advisor in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ability to switch to different roles and completely different jobs while inside the same company. Access to leading thinkers and do-ers across a very VERY broad range of technical and business topics. Availability of training programs. Support for volunteer activities in the local community, as well as key programs like Corporate Services Corp where I spend a month with a team of 10 IBMers addressing IT challenges in central Africa. Respect that comes from association with the IBM brand and history. Relentless re-invention toward emerging and strategic areas of technology.

    Cons

    Not as much flexibility for mid/low level managers as their would be in a small organization. Be aware that skills atrophy will result in minimal compensation increases and eventually needing to locate alternative roles or even company -- but this is reality of working in a tech business.


  9. "Job experience"

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    Former Employee - Associate Systems Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Associate Systems Engineer in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at IBM (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good will and good professional exposure

    Cons

    Work Culture and not good for entry level engineers


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Technical Sales"

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    Former Employee - Technical Sales Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Technical Sales Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Peers are great, but upper mgt VP or higher are horrible.

    Cons

    NO Job stability. If older then 40 and male, you have a 90% chance of being laid off.

    Advice to Management

    None, they do not listen.


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