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Updated October 15, 2018
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  • "Bad work life balance in the company" (in 1049 reviews)

  • "Low salary increments since last 2 years" (in 488 reviews)

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  1. "Great people"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues.
    Good flexibility (opportunities to work from home).
    Opportunities for career progression (at least in GBS Europe).
    Unlike other consultancies, an encouraging environment (not cut-throat).
    Top employees have opportunity to do a four week pro-bono consulting project in a developing part of the world!

    Cons

    A very big company so can be overwhelming to understand how it all fits together and the different HR functions.


  2. "IX Designer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity for expanding your skills and working on a vast variety of projects and professionals.
    Focus on training and building up skills. Memberships with a variety of training providers.

    Cons

    Too much admin. I rather focus and stress about my field work/clients/producing solid material and not about filling forms and targets.

  3. "London Southbank Based Intern Scheme"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Intern in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exposure to corporate culture
    Great location
    Commensurate Pay

    Cons

    Little wider industry exposure
    Feels like a number not a person
    Difficult internal processes

    Advice to Management

    Outsourcing does not always improve efficiency
    IBM culture can be toxic
    Practice what you preach


  4. Helpful (1)

    "ok"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Program Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Flexibility
    - Work with intelligent people

    Cons

    - No clear strategy and many reorganizations for many years
    - Continuous resource actions demotivates employees
    - Lack of transparency in upper management


  5. "Sales Executive"

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

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very flexible working conditions, such as working from home.

    Cons

    Very process heavy, often making it difficult to resolve customer problems

    Advice to Management

    Review some of the key processes.


  6. "Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours
    Work from home

    Cons

    Promotion is very very slow.
    Salary increment is not great


  7. "Marketing Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Wide range of technologies & services

    Cons

    Better to be under age of 40

    Advice to Management

    Treat staff as you would want to be treated

  8. "Past it’s best - such a shame :("

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Sales Specialist in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Sales Specialist in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Still some great people / clients / projects / products, but generally on the downturn & shared feeling that “we’ve had the best out of it”.

    Cons

    Struggling to migrate to the New World. Google, AWS & particularly Microsoft Azure are taking large lumps out of the software business, and rival Services firms seem to have the edge on innovation / client consulting over GBS. The strategy is sound at top level, but badly implemented by in-country Management & inadequately resourced from the centre:

    - Massive pressure on management, and therefore Sellers at all levels in all territories, as customer capex spend on perpetual licences shifts to opex / SaaS & the numbers still need to go up year-on-year to protect the all-important share price - if it’s not happening in-quarter then it may as well not happen at all.

    - Increasingly regular rounds of redundancies interspersed with multiple resignations at all levels, many are choosing to vote with their feet anyway as resources & support necessary to support customers adequately evaporate.

    - Graduate Program struggle to break-through onto proper money & mostly then leave for either Salesforce or Microsoft (who get cheap, pre-trained, enthusiastic second-jobbers off a conveyor belt).

    - Office facilities & day-to-day working environment for staff (away from client-areas) leave a lot to be desired relative to modern competitive standards.

    Advice to Management

    Speculate to accumulate & look after your people - the gene pool is thinning-out rapidly.


  9. "Ap"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Teamwork, Excellent Industry domain knowledge, End to end IT

    Cons

    Too much admin, Bureaucratic, need to modernise the outlook


  10. "Losing ground to the competition."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Presales Technical Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Presales Technical Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some nice people who want to make a positive difference.

    Cons

    Products have not kept up with the competition.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people.


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