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IBM Manchester Reviews

Updated May 5, 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 867 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Management Consultant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Management Consultant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with great people, getting involved with exciting work, being a part of a world leading research institution, good benefits

    Cons

    There has been an erosion of employment rights over recent years leading to uncertainty of job security. Work life balance can sometimes be difficult with customer travel.

    Advice to Management

    Older employees with family and commitments would be happier with lower salaries but better job security. Younger employees with less loyalty prefer cash in the hand.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Living the dream!"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than a year)

    Pros

    When I landed a contract with IBM, it was a dream come true. I would be learning from the "Best" & the acknowledged Market Leader. People also were massively impressed by it on my CV.
    The individuals I worked alongside were top quality too.

    Cons

    The whole ethos of current IBM is saving $$$$. They are constantly looking for ways to manage people out & replace them with cheaper offshore candidates, This is great for the budgets & the stock price but not so great for the customer. Top professionals are being performance reviewed out, leading to an overstretched & demoralised workforce, unable to supply the agreed contracts to the customer.
    Sad to be part of but sadder again to see.

    Advice to Management

    Respect the quality & loyalty of your staff whilst there is still the opportunity or "Big Blue" will be no more,
    Quality staff will still want IBM on their CV so will still join.....for now.... but I'm not sure many would rejoin. Living off reputation largely now.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Not too bad"

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    Former Employee - Various in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Various in Manchester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, work from any location

    Cons

    Regularly reducing staff and off shoring

    Advice to Management

    None


  4. Helpful (8)

    "I would give them 0 zeros, but it's not an option"

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    Former Employee - Principal Technical Consultant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Principal Technical Consultant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nothing springs to mind. Really, nothing.

    Cons

    Watching out to see if you are in this quarter's RA (redundancy action).

    Assume you will never get a pay rise (because you won't).

    Wonder at the mindless paperwork (I live in the UK but worked in Europe, so I had to fill in endless forms and interviews to see if I should pay tax in the UK or the host country - despite EU law being clear that I could work abroad for up to 2 years prior to paying tax in the host country.

    Getting expense forms rejected as you didn't itemise the tax out.

    Getting expense forms rejected as you did itemise the tax out.

    Sitting in airports for 6 hours as getting the later flight saved IBM $10.

    Watching the CEO award herself a $5 million bonus, despite 20 consecutive quarters of declining turnover.

    The culture is to stab your colleagues in the front and hoard knowledge - never share - you are judged against them, so if you can make them look bad do so.

    Personal Business Committments (PBC). At the start of the year you make up 30 or so of these and are judged on how well you meet them, not on how well you do your job. So if your job changes, you are screwed. Turn down chargable work to write white papers that no one will read - this makes sense to meet your PBCs.

    So just no. IBM 20 years ago was an employer of choice. Now it's one to avoid at almost any cost.

    And to add insult to injury 2 years after I left they threatened me with legal action if I didn't pay them almost £300, with no explanation of what the alleged debt was for. To cut a long story short, they backed down when I pointed out to them that what they were doing was illegal and I welcomed seeing them in court.

    6 months after I left they asked me to return. Never!

    Advice to Management

    Look for other jobs, IBM is screwed.


  5. "IBM"

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    Current Employee - Senior IT Consultant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior IT Consultant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Good progression, wide network of SMEs

    Cons

    Frequent redundancies, limited new projects being signed.

    Advice to Management

    Allow a better work life balance


  6. "SAlary"

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    Current Employee - Package Solution Consultant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Package Solution Consultant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work Life Balance is good

    Cons

    Less Salary needs to increase.


  7. "SAP practice"

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent organization to gain comprehensive experience tin SAP and work with clients across sectors.

    Cons

    No con according to me.

  8. "Poor Managment"

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    Former Employee - IT Support Analyst in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - IT Support Analyst in Manchester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    teamwork was good, good culture outside of work. Don't think this was down to the company as such.

    Cons

    didnt listen to staff. poor pay. mismanaged breaks, reviews not done on time


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to start off"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    -So much opportunity to learn and grow
    -Continually encouraged to seek the next promotion
    -A great supportive work environment, that gels together in and out of the office

    Cons

    -Often held back by corporate structure
    -Sometimes difficult to get new ideas/technologies considered
    -Decisions from higher management often unexplained


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Pleasant but disorganised, demoralising and plagued with a general feeling of decline."

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    Former Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people, genuine intent to serve clients and rarely cut throat

    Cons

    Not the cleverest, ambitious, dynamic or risk taking company. Lots of red tape and process police.

    Advice to Management

    Promote enthusiasm and ability, not results and experience.


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