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IBM Leeds Reviews

Updated November 8, 2018
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  • "Bad work life balance in the company" (in 1076 reviews)

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  1. "Project manager"

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    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Leeds, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ability to use employer to extend current skills af self development

    Cons

    PBC process is a nightmare. Nobody at an exec level ever gets a level 3. Only those at the customer end gets penalised.
    Managers have a PBC target to hand out PBC level 3

    Advice to Management

    Be fair. Treat employees as people not numbet or assets. Remember without people you have no income.


  2. "Share Price is key"

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    Former Employee - Architect in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Architect in Leeds, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Your working for a large multi national, your work ethic is your best point, your drive can take you places within this company

    Cons

    You are a number, and a cost against the bottom line.

    Advice to Management

    Actually stop flogging the dead horse that is the share price and start inovating and creating something unique rather than trying to buy a company to give you an advantage, there worlds apart from AWS to Soft Layer :(

  3. "IBM sucks"

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    Current Employee - Business Programmer Manager in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Programmer Manager in Leeds, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Varied client base for wide experience

    Cons

    Do not reward staff appropriately and are often hostile

    Advice to Management

    Stop the focus on shareholder above other principals


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Qtrly Revenue Down=Another redundancy cycle"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Leeds, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great technologies based on historical successes. The IP is valuable and there is a re-invention process going on which is encouraging. The good is very good at times but the bad management remains deeply entrenched.

    Cons

    Partners are just in it for themselves - they are constantly worried about their signings and will not hesitate twice in order to steal your clients, achievements, winnings and allocations - as soon as a win is announced they all come out of the woodwork praising each other having contributed nothing - the poor Consultants who worked long nights and weekends end up getting zero recognition in the books - and actually then have to fight in order to to prove what they did during engagement.

    Advice to Management

    Pls show some honesty... "Karma always wins in the end"


  5. Helpful (3)

    "No loyalty towards staff"

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    Current Employee - Software Technical Support in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Technical Support in Leeds, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Colleagues (whilst I still have them) are among the best I have ever worked with. All are loyal employees, who want to do the best for the customer

    Cons

    CEO, VP's, Executive Managers, L2 Managers are roadblocks to allowing the staff to function on a day to day basis without the spectre of the axe over our heads. Job security is non existent, major (only) concern is employing the cheapest in the market they can, without any regard to ability. Standards of 'post sales technical support' are suffering hugely with IBM's rush to 'offshore'. Customer are beginning to see through the thin veil of in country support, and are increasingly frustrated with 'time to fix' becoming an ever distant line.

    respect - doesn't exist
    payrises - ?
    Review process - PBC was massively broken. Replacement Checkpoint - no better (same product essentially, but with different name)

    Advice to Management

    Stop offshoring before you break IBM
    IBM (and any other company) cannot exist for long if the focus is only about sales. Post sales support is crucial to retaining customers for new orders, and getting new customers on board ..... why can you not see that?

    IBM Response

    Jul 27, 2016 – Vice President in the Global Technology

    Thank you for your honesty -- your experience certainly isn't what we strive for here. From an HR perspective, the biggest area of opportunity this year is around team and manager development and... More


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Moving more roles off shore"

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    Current Employee - Service Delivery Management in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Service Delivery Management in Leeds, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Were flexible working, chance to try various roles, encouraged to move and progress every 2 years.

    Cons

    Currently moving all none customer facing jobs off shore.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Not at the top of the tree anymore"

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    Former Employee - Programmer Manager in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Programmer Manager in Leeds, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Global travel for the younger employees
    Some good financial benefits
    Close working relationships
    Community education and mentoring facilities

    Cons

    Ever reducing company benefits
    Poor career advancement
    Constant pressure to take on more and more workload
    Poor work/life balance despite rhetoric to the contrary

    Advice to Management

    Mean what you say, push boundaries, include all employees, be interested in them.

  8. "Great people. Too much bureaucracy"

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Leeds, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People
    Good benefits
    Lots of opportunities to move into different roles

    Cons

    Too many unnecessary processes
    Too focussed on the bottom line and not on its staff

    Advice to Management

    Realise that your employees are your greatest asset and treat them accordingly!


  9. Helpful (5)

    "A once great employer that now only cares for earnings per share."

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    Current Employee - IT Architect in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Architect in Leeds, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Scope of opportunities - you could end up anywhere doing anything.
    Brand reputation - IBM is the premier name in IT.
    Training and education - there will be a course for it in IBM

    Cons

    Poor compensation. Salaries have not kept pace with the market.
    Don't expect a pay rise as your career progresses. Once your an IBM employee there are lots of career opportunities. But as your responsibilities increase and your value to the company improves, you don't get better compensation.
    Work/life balance van be poor - you will be expected to travel on a Sunday night and spend the week living in hotels.

    Advice to Management

    Stop running this business into the ground in a quest to maximise your own bonuses!
    Relearn about "respect for the individual" and treat your staff right. Understand that your long term staff are what keeps the business afloat and treat them accordingly.


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