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Updated August 17, 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 880 reviews)

  • Working long hours is pretty typical (in 429 reviews)

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  1. "Overall good company to work for"

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and salary
    Training
    Opportunities

    Cons

    Lack of structure
    Poor managerial communication


  2. "Technical Solutions Intern"

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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)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits include working from home, good work environment to work in, start with 25 days holiday,lots of other grads/interns so good community to be a part of

    Cons

    Huge company so this does take its tole in various forms

    Advice to Management

    None

  3. Helpful (1)

    "IT Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Engineer 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

    Busy and lots to learn

    Cons

    Issues raising tickets within Support in India

    Advice to Management

    Have more IT support in UK than in India


  4. "Senior SAP Analytics Consultant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Quick progression if you perform well, Good supportive network of colleagues, Employees have good attitude in general, Lots of opportunity to innovate and grow

    Cons

    Lots of red tape and bureaucracy, Long and clunky processes, Company morale is a bit low following disappointing business results

    Advice to Management

    Make it easier for employees to skill-up as the company transforms. Incentivise employees with rewards and recognition. Continue simplifying processes like appraisals/expenses - good progress here.


  5. "Sales"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company, people and products

    Cons

    Internally complicated, customers find them difficult to do business with

    Advice to Management

    Simplify some internal processes


  6. "Ibmer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Partner in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate Partner in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Global travel, high quality people, work variety.

    Cons

    The machine, too much power with accountants, inability of too many managers to say yes.

    Advice to Management

    Aim to win not compete.


  7. "Good place to start, not to stay"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Quick progression if you know the right people, and good exposure

    Cons

    Bureaucracy at its worst, and difficult to move projects

    Advice to Management

    Don't cling onto people on projects, and accept that some projects may be loss leading!

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Once a great company"

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

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

    Pros

    The people (but IBM managed too destroy that too)
    Flexibility is second to none.
    Global footprint

    Cons

    Low salary.
    Had my salary deducted too in my final year. You wouldn't think that would be the case but IBM reserves the right to alter your salary. I almost considered legal actions but thought better to just leave this toxic environment.
    SoftLayer and Bluemix are no match against AWS

    Advice to Management

    Change of CEO might help. How is it possible to keep reporting declining revenue and profits for at least 15 consecutive quarters, and have no consequences?

    Stop letting go good people.


  9. "Awesome company to work for"

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

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

    Pros

    I was a graduate so recieved plenty of training, accreditation and shadowing opportunties.

    Cons

    Sometimes they would just move you into a different role usually when the business needs change which can be annoying if your trying to specialise in specific area.

    Advice to Management

    My managers were amazing and really helped me get real world experience for one of the biggest i.t companies in the world


  10. "IBM"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Sales Leader in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Technical Sales Leader in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Autonomy within role, flexible working options, Internal learning opportunities

    Cons

    Career and salary progression not aligned!

    Advice to Management

    Understand the need to hire against business demands


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