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IBM London Reviews

Updated July 14, 2018
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  • "At times difficult work life balance" (in 1011 reviews)

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  1. "Exec"

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    Former Employee - Sales Executive in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and products and commitment to clients

    Cons

    Too much to do and takes time to get through process to ensure integrity


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Simply impressive company"

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    Current Employee - CPG Industry Solutions Lead - UK in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - CPG Industry Solutions Lead - UK in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM is an incredible company in so many respects and I feel immensely proud to be working here. Below a few examples of why I think IBM is unique.
    IBM is at the core of the digital revolution and as such is the leader in AI, blockchain, cognitive procurement, advanced analytics and enterprise cloud - so you feel you learn every single day and you can constantly challenge yourself.
    IBM has reinvented itself once again over the past few years focusing on the above imperatives - this a great positive example for clients and employees alike.
    IBM is results driven, which is essential these days, and is always ready to recognise achievement - I just came back from Hundred Percent Club in Barcelona where IBM celebrated all of those employees who contributed significantly to IBM performance last year ... it was unforgettable!
    IBM champions the diversity cause and features in the top 20 companies for Corporate Social Responsibility.

    Cons

    It can be complex to navigate because of its many line of businesses but as soon as you build a network people are so helpful that the challenge disappears rapidly

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

  3. "Senior IT consultant"

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    Current Employee - Senior IT Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior IT Consultant in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Very flexible in terms of selecting projects and career path

    Cons

    Some projects require traveling and being away 4 days a week.


  4. "Great Graduate Scheme"

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    Current Employee - Technical Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Technical Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Education/Training
    Lots of Opportunities
    Good starting pay
    Top Clients

    Cons

    Lack of good management
    Quarterly Driven, rather than long-term

    Advice to Management

    Give young consultants more freedom
    Remove barriers between different parts of the business
    Provide more tailored guidance and mentorship to Graduates


  5. "Senior project manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits scheme gives you lots of options. Some of the people who work here are amazing

    Cons

    Management are incompetent. Salary is well below average. Definition of insanity should be IBM, their ability to ignore its clients and ruin every deal they sign is unbelievable.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff and stop trying to sack them to save your own jobs


  6. "Corporate and slow"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good company ethics
    - There is potential for good opportunities (with some luck involved)

    Cons

    - Very big and corporate, slow processes
    - Promotions do not recognise in-work achievements
    - Pessimistic attitude from management

    Advice to Management

    Try to recognise skill rather than self-promotion and pointless giveback.
    Train consultants further on IBM products so they don't have to lie about them.


  7. "painful but necessary reengineering of business model"

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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

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

    Pros

    variety, freedom to build skills, internal and external networking, adoption of new routes to market and embracing open source

    Cons

    static salary, lack of brand constancy and consistency, driving away experience

  8. "IBM OK but very heavy processes"

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    Current Employee - Offering Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Offering Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Wide scope of technology to work with.
    Good on equality issues
    Lots of very bright and generally very helpful people who you will work with.
    Lots of opportunity to develop yourself and make your own role.

    Cons

    Very sales orientated and in some cases very shortsighted with respect to longer term strategic goals.
    Lots of paperwork and processes to learn


  9. "Data analysis"

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

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

    Pros

    Good life work balance
    . Good colleagues. Make lots of friends

    Cons

    Nothing at all. Very friendly nice wnvironment

    Advice to Management

    None


  10. "Excellent Work Placement for a commercial finance analsyst"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to get expereince in.

    Cons

    Not a clear progression route and outsourcing alot of there finance departments


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