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Updated February 19, 2018
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  1. "Great people"

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    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. "Just under 14 years working at IBM"

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

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

    Pros

    You will certainly find a lot of hard working and very smart colleagues at IBM; leading edge of IT services and technology consulting; flexible work with opportunity to work from home, overall friendly and supportive culture,

    Cons

    Bonuses are minimal (if any); travel is often required for sustained periods in country and abroad; work-life balance often an issue; lengthy processes and bureaucratic internal limiting opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline and simplify processes; reestructure bonuses scheme.

  3. "Rounded introduction to consulting"

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

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

    Pros

    Great support network, smart colleagues, leading edge of technology, plethora of training material available, fantastic financial and time support for external qualifications

    Cons

    Lots of travel for sustained periods, work always has a technology focus regardless of what competency you are in, bonuses are minimal if at all


  4. "Great start, but started to change"

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

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

    Pros

    Friendly, supportive culture, interesting and varied clients, flexible - lots of opportunities to work from home.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, salaries not comparable to other companies, lack of resource for training and development.

    Advice to Management

    Start investing in training and promote those who are good at their jobs, not good at selling themselves.


  5. "Good company to launch or fast track career"

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Big size allows you to move around and avoid poor middle management
    Technology is quite good

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic, slowly changing organisation.

    Advice to Management

    Stop valuing people that who have spent decades in the company purely on the basis that they have spent so much time there. Recruit more at leadership level.


  6. "Not too bad not too great"

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    great team
    balanaced work - life

    Cons

    a lot of bureucracy which adds to inertia and when combined with IBM politics things moves frustrangly slow

    Advice to Management

    empower teams to deliver by removing bureucracy


  7. "Data Scientist Placement Student"

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    Former Employee - Junior Data Scientist in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Junior Data Scientist in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of great people to work and interact with. Various opportunities to gain experience in different industries.

    Cons

    Rigid nature of a such a large company presented some difficulties but these would be felt in other similarly sized organisations.

    Advice to Management

    Keep giving relatively inexperienced employees the chance to shine!

  8. "Great experience but frustratingly one-dimensional"

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

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, work from home on Fridays, some really interesting projects and interesting people. A lot of training opportunities and budget for certifications

    Cons

    Project Manager overload, which leads to very one dimensional uncreative leadership. It is hard to get promoted doing something else than PM roles. A lot of bureaucracy and PMs for a company who claims to be at the cutting edge of agile projects!!

    Advice to Management

    Promote more people with creative ideas and knowledge !!


  9. "Bunch of accountants"

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

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

    Pros

    Big company to have on your CV, opens doors when you leave
    Diverse company
    Worldwide opportunities
    Training system is quite good if you get time to use it.
    I need some words to pad out the pros, I only worked in GTS UK which has been decimated, maybe I am biased.

    Cons

    The equipment is generally as cheap as they can buy (unless you are lucky enough to get a Mac). Its a company of accountants, they will give you a $20 spinning rust hard disk in a laptop rather than a $60 SSD because they can prove the savings of $40 but can't prove the wasted time sitting around waiting for your computer to do anything.

    Brutal when it comes to chopping people, minimum legal redundancy is a given.

    You haven't been overworked until you have worked at IBM on the coal face so to speak.

    Constant drive to outsource everything.

    NOT AGILE!

    Advice to Management

    Stop being accountants.
    Start actually being agile and not just playing lip service. This means joined up thinking, not silo's of interest.
    Matrix management is another name for Silo's
    Stop killing the morale by axing large % of the staff every year
    Treat people you do lay off with compassion


  10. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Do Not Wish to Disclose in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Do Not Wish to Disclose in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working - good place for working mothers

    Cons

    long hours, heavy workload, low pay.


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