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Updated April 18, 2017
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  1. "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.


  2. 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.

  3. 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


  4. "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.


  5. "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


  6. 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.


  7. "Analytics Platform"

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    Current Employee - Software Sales Specialist in Plattsburg, MO
    Current Employee - Software Sales Specialist in Plattsburg, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good overall vision for market and technology evolution. I have always stayed with IBM because of the vision and technology

    Cons

    Slow to execute, too many managers and too many Silo's. Large organization changes seem to start Silo first.

    Poor execution by Sales Management, with no regard to customers or their relationships with IBM teams. Constantly being moved from developed or developing relationship to build new with solutions that have long sales cycles. Products removed from seller's bag, leading to loss of earnings (but expected to help close business, and to perform in the new territory), building and re-building relationships with customers which aggravates customer and extends sales cycles, effecting compensation (positively for those who follow pipe builders, negative for those leaving behind opportunities and gaining poorly executed territories).

    Change is necessary, but have had 2 major shifts in 6 months leading to the worst year of my record (even though the territory I left is having a break-out year). Now the organization is firing for non-performance...which has never been a problem for me until this year's multiple changes. Very scary place to be even for a top performer.

    Transformation is necessary, but should not disrupt relationships and families. Poor planning without collaboration with those with the relationship causes more strain than necessary.

    Advice to Management

    Fewer sellers, bigger bags of products, give sellers opportunity to keep and develop strong essential relationships.

  8. "Always Changing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Overland Park, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Overland Park, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you can handle changing jobs and managers every other year, you made make it. A company can only re-shape and re-invent itself so many times.

    Cons

    IBM always talks about how they think their people are the best, but the way they treat them is a different story.

    Advice to Management

    Start listing! Stop just looking at the spread sheet. Change the pricing so our clients start looking at IBM as a value partner vs a vendor just trying to sell its software.


  9. "It's Alright"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Lenexa, KS
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Lenexa, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Stable, good people, verticals are there. I honestly enjoy my work, though I'm sure it's boring to some people. I feel that they do try to extend honest compensation to those that deserve it.

    Cons

    Workplace is garbage, disorganized. I've never seen a place run as wildly as IBM in its current form. Each week is a different project, I feel like.

    Advice to Management

    Nail down a singular mission, rework the workplace (at this place specifically) and allow more free flowing usage of (better) third-party software enhancements (IDEs, source control, etc.)


  10. "Long time employee"

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    Current Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Kansas City, KS
    Current Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Kansas City, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    It is a big company and you can move around, if you want and the opportunities are only limited by you.

    Cons

    It is a big company with the typical standard bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Create a TOM


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