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Updated November 13, 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 929 reviews)

  • Long hours like everwhere elses (in 442 reviews)

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  1. "Graduate Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Various in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Various in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good grounding, looks great on CV

    Cons

    Probably have to travel to Midland based location

    Advice to Management

    Trust and Respect in all relationships


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    "Get out what you put in, good company values, out dated management"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technology Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Technology Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Genuine people - one of the best parts of IBM is the people, rarely meet someone with a bad moral compass.
    Variety of opportunities - I've worked in client facing roles in outsourcing delivery for huge organisations accross almost all industries from day 1 as a graduate giving huge experience. Then moved into bus. dev., and finally consultancy during a 4 year period.

    Cons

    Beurocratic - One of the most process driven organisations (largely due to size and cost restraints) reduces ability to deliver to clients effectively, and demoralises workforce
    Siloed - Technology and Business divisions often compete and do not collaborate enough
    Diluted quality of talent - lots of acquisitions and outsourcing (IT takeover) brings in poor quality talent

    Advice to Management

    Remove boundary between Technology and Business, improve transparency between senior management and the lower ranks, and reduce excessive reporting, (admin for the sake of admin).

  3. "Workday consultant at IBM"

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

    I don’t have much positive to say about the Big Blue.
    Perhaps the fact that they are a Global company, and the pay isn’t bad. In terms of career, it’s a killer

    Cons

    I found things to be very bureaucratic at IBM, very political and slow.
    I would not recommend joining IBM UK. I’ve sadly been seduced by joining one of the big 4 and now see that it’s been a mistake.

    Advice to Management

    If you really want to attract and keep the best talent (as I heard in my interview process), the whole dynamic of the organisation in the UK would need to improve. A lot.


  4. "Good Prospects"

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

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

    Pros

    Great managers
    Great collagues
    Great benefits
    Great work/life balance

    Cons

    Isolated at times
    WFH a lot
    Communication can be thin at times
    Lots of work to juggle


  5. "Salary and progation"

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    Former Employee - PMO Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - PMO Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nothing positive to talk about big blue

    Cons

    Very limited progation and don't pay well and PBC reviews are based on who you know. If Leads don't like you will always be on deep end or marked down.

    Advice to Management

    That is why they called mgs. Figure it put why people leave after long service


  6. "Intern Sales Specialist"

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    Former Intern - Sales Specialist in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Sales Specialist in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM as an intern

    Pros

    good company, you can shadow others if you want, good payment, great locations, interesting products

    Cons

    big elephant company - things take time

    Advice to Management

    give smaller teams more responsibility


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    "IBM Graduate"

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    Current Employee - IBM Graduate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IBM Graduate in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Home working
    We dont work long hours normally 9 - 6

    Cons

    Little investment into graduates
    Pay not great

  8. "New Experienced hire"

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    Current Employee - Associate Partner in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate Partner in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good career development opportunities; plenty of opportunity to travel/relocate. Reasonable package within the market range and options for base office exist if limited.

    Cons

    Big company with self service portals and scattered management - can be hard to integrate, each area/account tries hard to over come this to varying degrees


  9. "Business Operations Analyst Internship"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Business Operations Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Intern - Business Operations Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of experience in different areas of IBM.
    A lot of time spent with senior IBM staff.
    Real responsibility given early on.

    Cons

    Some senior level employees will ask you to do their tedious work.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Best and Worst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Partner in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate Partner in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great client engagements that really do change the world

    Cons

    Massively bureaucratic and quarterly focussed.

    Advice to Management

    Cadence doesn’t drive business.


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