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Updated February 21, 2017
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  • The hours are very long with a poor work/life balance (in 778 reviews)

  • There is an expectation to work long hours to progress within the company (in 390 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Partner"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work for. I could not think of a better company to work for.

    Cons

    None, they are doing great. They have been and always continue to surpirse me at how great they are.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on doing the great things that you do. All the staff here are simply marvellous. Great attitude, great skills, really they are great.


  2. "Big company (bureaucratic, hard to shine) but also a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Corporate Service Corps program - 4 weeks sabbatical in a developing country working with NGOs and other IBMers. Unique and life-affirming.

    Cons

    Tight-fisted about little things. Bureaucratic. Inflexible (but gradually improving).

    Advice to Management

    Stop making people move to strategic offices (or face possible redundancy).


  3. "Great place to work but projects only as good as what MDs win"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Mostly friendly environment
    Perks - staying away from home, hotels, travel, generous AMEX budget etc
    Range of opportunities to excel
    360 review of performance from colleagues, managers and clients - fair system
    Loads of ways to get involved in 'giveback' or CSR activities - they genuinely care
    Supportive environment for women
    Flexible working - most of times at least one day per week working from home
    Accessibility - most senior consultants, partners etc are down to earth and approachable IBMers don't take themselves too seriously
    TRAINING - I had a ridiculous amount of training opportunities both at the start and throughout, quite a few are online and will need to be done in your own time but excellent training nevertheless
    Work life balance is generally quite good if you factor in that on a number of projects you will need to work away from home for SIGNIFICANT amounts of time
    Benefits good... but**

    Cons

    Lack of interesting / varied projects at times - unfortunately this depends on loads of other factors outside of company's control
    Pay is lower - compared to other big IT consultancies - this should really be resolved considering clients are charged so much and IBM is at the more 'expensive end' of the market
    Lack of sexiness - so that down-to-earth feel can manifest itself in terms of people's dress and things like that - IBMers are not the stoosh and sexy McKinsey types - but maybe that's a good thing
    Lack of COMPANY STATIONERY... like wtf?
    Working away from home - this does encroach on life after sometime
    **but compensation, generally quite poor, at least starting out as a graduate

    Advice to Management

    More pay for graduate starters


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "A large organisation with quite a bit of beuracracy"

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    Current Employee - Senior Data Scientist in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Data Scientist in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay
    Good learning opportunities
    Good brand
    Good people
    Quite accommodating to your needs

    Cons

    No free coffee..first organization I have worked for where nothing is free..not even hot water...
    Expensive cafeteria....

    Can get quite bureaucratic so if you are not used to a work culture and know how to get things done, it can become frustrating.

    Growing within the organization may be a challenge unless you are spending 30% of your time with that mindset to network, find opportunities and grow. Many IBMers actually move elsewhere to come back at a higher level

    Advice to Management

    Look to retain employees through promotions, better salaries and bonuses....and please get some free coffee


  6. "Losing it's way"

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    Former Employee - Service Delivery Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Service Delivery Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary, good benefits, good career prospects

    Cons

    Lots of travel is required. Not given bonuses and pay rises on occasion.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Dinosaur"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You can work on quite interesting stuff. The company is trying to change and be more modern. Not bad pay and "just about" benefits.

    Cons

    IBM is full of people who are too old, scared or can't be bothered to change. A lot of things is explained as "the IBM way" and even that company struggles no one wants to change it. Benefits, especially could be better as 2000 per year limit on private medical is a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Stop talking about business agility and finally do it. Start investing in people.


  8. "Review of IBM"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This company is about its people. Great colleagues and great managers, in the higher management all are role models.

    Cons

    The company is going through a major transformation, reinventing itself again in the cognitive era. This creates uncertainty especially for those who are not naturally adaptive to change.

    Advice to Management

    Take faster corrective actions for managers who are negative towards change.


  9. "Land of opportunity"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, surrounded by talented individuals.
    Lots of opportunity to grow if that's what you want.

    Cons

    Expect to work hard, which is not unusual in any successful organisation.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing.


  10. "Project Manager review"

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    Former Employee - Advisory P in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Advisory P in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Good training, interesting and varied projects

    Cons

    Laborious processes. Very small cog in big machine.


  11. "OK"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    There is a core of good people here and I'm actually pleasantly surprised by most of the leadership knowing what they're talking about.
    IBM is genuinely doing a lot of good stuff in AI, charity, research - there's a lot going on.
    If you want to travel, to work hard, and see lots of large scale projects, this is a good place.
    Hursley is very nice, and there's a lot of work along the M4 corridor.

    Cons

    The travel is high and expected; this is not a family friendly place, in that you will never see your family, you'll be living out of a hotel or a train.
    The bureaucracy, the sheer scale of coordinating ~400,000 people worldwide.
    There is a regular "drum beat" of propaganda saying how brilliant IBM is and what it's doing; this does not translate to actual work available.
    There are a lot of angry or stressed people.
    You only see your line manager once a year, and he/she will be doing 80 hour weeks with no spare time.
    There is a lot of fear that if your utilisation drops, or your title is not hot this month, you will be made redundant. This instantly makes many of the positive messages moot.
    At the end of the day, this is consultancy, it's not about you, it's about the client.

    Advice to Management

    I would say focus on credible internal messages rather than beating drums; if the message doesn't match the situation on the ground, it generates badwill. I would focus on actually giving time for management to form connections rather than a 100% judgement based on utilisation. Oh, and get rid of Notes, it's awful.



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