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IBM Leicester Reviews

Updated Jun 10, 2019

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IBM CEO Virginia Rometty
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  1. "BPM Lead Developer"

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    Current Employee - BPM Consultant in Leicester, England

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Working from home options are good

    Cons

    No local office to work, although working from home is nice, it would be nice to get an office feel also.

    IBM2018-11-12
  2. "Good stepping stone but not long term"

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    Current Employee - Test Specialist in Leicester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great opportunities and big project to work on which build valuable experience

    Cons

    Difficulty of landing a role on a new project. Constant pip reminders

    Advice to Management

    Change the policy of pip if an individual cannot find a project, if there are no roles to be applied for their profile in CIC.

    IBM2019-06-10
  3. "IBM"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Leicester, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You have to opportunity to work with some big companies in varying locations around the UK and further afield.

    Cons

    Underpaid as the CIC is a cheaper alternative to mainline and therefore pay there employees less.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to keep good developers give them a reason to stay

    IBM2019-02-20
  4. "Intense hiring process"

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    Current Employee - Test Specialist in Leicester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM for less than a year

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with various types of project in different domains. Good career development Decent salary Relaxed work environment

    Cons

    You are expected to be highly independent

    Advice to Management

    Take advantage of all the available avenues for professional development.

    IBM2018-06-05
  5. "IBM CIC Leicester - build your career"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Leicester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Good place to build your career - lots of opportunities to work in different industries and with different technologies - Friendly staff - like one big family - Good recruitment process - takes around 6 weeks but team is really nice and you're kept up to date all the way through - Travel - get to work face to face with clients, great exposure

    Cons

    - Salary and benefits not reflective of role

    IBM2018-01-02
  6. "IBM CIC Leicester"

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    Current Employee - Project Analyst in Leicester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Manage your own workload - Upto you to make your own opportunities - Great exposure and experience gained - Real togetherness in the workforce - New company so possibilities are open

    Cons

    - salary will not reflect role and promotion criteria does not allow the necessary jumps needed for certain roles - consistency in salary. Person X gets paid £25000 and person Y gets paid £30000- both do same job- needs to be reviewed

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people more Don't just give in to " The Man"

    IBM2017-11-21
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Graduate Programme"

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    Current Employee - Project Analyst in Leicester, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Nice atmosphere and nice people

    Cons

    There is no support in your career development, the "Graduate Programme" is used to attract graduates but they only offer an entry-level job, no training offered to develop your career.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest, you do not offer an organized 'Graduate Programme'

    IBM2017-04-23
  8. Helpful (8)

    "IBM CIC Leicester - Very Disappointing"

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    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Leicester, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM for less than a year

    Pros

    Some of the best people I have ever worked with. Other than management everyone in the CIC is like one big family. The great wealth of talent in one place is astonishing!

    Cons

    - Utilisation: main focus is to get on a project as soon as possible even if its not relevant to the career you want to pursue. I.e. a developer may be placed on a testing project or even an Admin role. - No focus on career development: very little training and when given, you never actually get to put the skills you may have learned into working practice on a relevant project. - Management: a good manager is one...

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    Advice to Management

    - Focus on the career development of us employees so that we can pursue a career we dreamed of pursuing during university. - Look at the wealth of talent you have within the CIC and find a way of nurturing and developing it. - Focus on employee retention not restriction. Value your employees' contributions and help them start and develop their careers.

    IBM2016-04-15
  9. Helpful (8)

    "Client Innovation Centre - Utterly disappointing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leicester, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Opportunities to work with big clients from the get-go. - Some ambitious, hard-working and friendly colleagues and lots of help and advice from more senior colleagues who have more traction with management.

    Cons

    - No relevant or useful training. However, you are expected to behave like a trained consultant and are chastised if you make a mistake or don't have enough skills to get onto a project. - Management don't appreciate or know what to do with the skills you have, leaving you feeling undervalued. - Support has to be sought out. No monitoring of projects, meaning issues inevitably arise and the management do not understand...

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    Advice to Management

    - Remember that there is no CIC without your employees. Listen to and act on their concerns and give them the support and training that they need. Appreciate experienced hires for the skills that they have. - Check that your employees are happy, along with clients, otherwise you will create a vicious circle of poor performance. - Understand your employees' skills and don't put them in roles that are completely wrong...

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    IBM2016-03-31
  10. Helpful (7)

    "Not as advertised - Client Innovation Centre"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leicester, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM for less than a year

    Pros

    - Good group of people to work with. - Fair base salary. - Nice Office. - Interview process was good

    Cons

    - People leave every week which creates an environment of uncertainty. - Expected to work without remuneration, but this is still charged to clients. - Promise of flexible working/ working from home but never delivered. - No Pension or benefits. - Culture of presenteeism - people who want to maintain a decent work/life balance are looked at as unambitious. - When we joined we were explicitly told that the work would...

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    Advice to Management

    - Think more about long term: Investing in your employees will make them more likely to stay. - Stop sending people on the first project that comes up, some projects will not fit peoples circumstances. And some projects are simply not suitable for people in Leicester to work on. - Provide a pension before the government one comes in. IBM is a huge company so could easily offer some sort of pension for us.

    IBM2016-03-11
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