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Updated September 19, 2017
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  • You have to manage your work life balance or you'll end up doing the work of 2 or more people (in 896 reviews)

  • Long hours required during peak work periods (in 432 reviews)

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  1. "Interesting Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I was given plenty of opportunities throughout my career with IBM

    Cons

    Focus on every quarter sometimes takes eye off the bigger picture and vision that is required that customers need to come first

    Advice to Management

    Support staff, ensure good advancement opportunities are available. Recognise the longer term view.


  2. "General perspective on 20+ years in IBM"

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    Former Employee - Various in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Various in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Brand, Training, Development opportunities, International opportunities

    Cons

    Complexity of organisation - not optimised for success.

  3. "Great Company to work with"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Great teams
    - Great culture

    If chosen in the right team one can learn a lot.

    Cons

    - More sales oriented culture, rather than innovating


  4. "GTS Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Flexible working. Good team spirit.

    Cons

    Sometimes inflexible due to its size.


  5. "Great Place to work"

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    Former Employee - Java Developer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Java Developer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Money, Great Office, Great People

    Cons

    Hard Work, Long Hours, Customers


  6. "My experience at IBM"

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    Current Intern - Intern in London, England (UK)
    Current Intern - Intern in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    My experience with IBM is great so far

    Cons

    I cannot find now specific cons for my role.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "A fading giant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you work at managing your career you can do well. Still a very large company with many opportunities

    Cons

    Very heavy management style, little of the fun of even 10 years ago. Limited room for individuality

    Advice to Management

    Ease up on the overly heavyweight management processes that constrain individuality and creativeness

  8. "IBM in a nutshell"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great relationship with clients.

    Cons

    Salary difference between colleagues at the same banding and at same performance level. Lots of inter IBM politics. Strict expense policy.


  9. "Account Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    International experience, sales driven, attainment speaks volumes

    Cons

    As much as they hate to admit, Old boy network still very strong

    Advice to Management

    Open the door to former employees to shorten the on-boarding and revive the culture of IBM and commitment to quality


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Avoid if you are ambitious and keen to learn"

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    Former Employee - Head Office Worker in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Head Office Worker in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Brand name, salary, benefits, some big clients

    Cons

    The words that summarise IBM are: cliquey, not inspiring, not open minded, very mediocre middle management, not ahead of the curve although desperately trying. The company culture doesn't promote out of box thinking and it's not inclusive. You either like everyone else or you are out! Doesn't embrace change and value feedback.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees more, be open minded and offer people training and believe in their potential. Value the feedback your employees might give you and learn from it. Accept that everyone is different but that doesn't mean they are not experts in their field. Don't box everyone in and be judgmental. Be professional and prepared to answer difficult questions and face challenges. Stop acting like a headschool mistress as intelligent people don't need micromanagment!


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