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Updated June 19, 2018
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  • "Bad work life balance in the company" (in 1011 reviews)

  • "Long Hours suck sometimes but not too bad" (in 474 reviews)

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  1. "Bid Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Great Company to work for who have excellent work life balance.

    Cons

    Dont pay enough or work on dedicated staff who work above and beyond. No regular payrise each year comes round they state there is cut to the budget!

    Advice to Management

    Look after your employees personally.


  2. "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

  3. "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


  4. "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


  5. "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


  6. "IBM - Software Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    Teamwork - highly skilled and knowledgeable colleagues focused on helping each other, diversity, broad benefits/compensation package, focus on technical knowledge, time to learn, some work/life balance initiatives

    Cons

    Needless business targets leading to frequent redundancy programs across many areas, low morale, benefits package uncompetitive when compared to market, difficult to transition career between internal business units.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce bureaucracy and needless management layers, increase higher management's visibility of, and proper understanding of, the actual work done with clients vs. business targets/shareholders.


  7. "IBM HR Consulting"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Access to a wide range of work experience opportunities, new ideas, people and a broad range of companies. A visionary and engaging leader. Open and accepting of work life balance and flexible working.

    Cons

    My 'old' department I felt suffered from a very dysfunctional sales process, some clear bias (age), favoritism (those close to centre) and lack of transparency in the promotion process, and finally incomplete products going to market.

    Advice to Management

    Senior executive leaders need to ensure the consistent application of fair people processes across all departments. Local senior managers need to launch products that are really ready and provide a 'pleasant' surprise to customers in how good they are.

  8. "Its a good time to be in Talent Acquisition at IBM"

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

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

    Pros

    It is a great time to be in TA. We are leading the space in innovation and disruptive technologies, through the use of the latest tools to enable us to work effectively in a global environment. I love working in an international team as it provides me with the opportunity to speak with colleagues all over the world everyday and learn from their unique perspectives. The environment is exceptionally supportive. The leaders are truly exceptional, clearly articulating the vision - I can honestly say I am engaged. There are numerous opportunities for career development across countries, industries and functions. The learning platform has really good content, which is job relevant. You can gain externally recognized digital badges. For a big company, I find the environment to be really supportive- which is surprising for such a big organization. The best thing about IBM for me, is the chance to work everyday with really smart and passionate people.

    Cons

    Process can be counterproductive to business impact

    Advice to Management

    Quicker identification and reward for high potential employees - I know many who are not being looked after as they should be


  9. "Programme Manager"

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

    I worked at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Good exposure, experience and money

    Cons

    Long hours, lots of politics and lack of good management vision or guidance. Many of the processes are outdated and ineffective (unless prolonging it was the objective).

    Advice to Management

    Support the people that work hard and assess your processes - many of them are just unneccessarily costly and ineffective, dragging the process of getting anything done.


  10. "Choose your business unit carefully"

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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

    Flexible home working, benefits package, integrity of management, professional work environment

    Cons

    Poor work life balance, some business units suffer regular redundancy programs as investment shifts to growth initiatives


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