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IBM Melbourne Reviews

Updated October 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 916 reviews)

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  1. "Great people to work with"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Advisory Data Scientist in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Advisory Data Scientist in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to work with great people in a good team environment. Great place to learn about new technologies. Manageable work-life balance.

    Cons

    Process-centric organisation, you'd expect to be human-centric. Lower than industry pay. Not enough interesting projects to work on. Leadership not clear at times.

    Advice to Management

    Try to solve customer problems, don't go to conversation with pre-determined solutions.


  2. "PM"

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    Former Contractor - PMO Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Contractor - PMO Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    good salary, sick benefits and work flexibility

    Cons

    no employee loyalty and support

    Advice to Management

    reward loyalty

  3. "Test Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Test Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Test Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Awesome company to work for, you will get opportunity to work with some of the big names and latest technologies.

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of


  4. "IBM Intern"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Operations Intern in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Intern - Operations Intern in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - A diverse and fun team of high-achieving individuals
    - Constantly striving to improve client relations
    - Flexibility and work-life-balance second to none

    Cons

    - Cut-throat organisation with relatively high staff turnover


  5. "Mixed feelings"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    + Exciting place for a grad to start their career, but they over-recruit and most had minimal work to do (hence able to have 5 or more 15 min coffee breaks a day!)
    + Big company, looks good on your CV
    + Made many friends
    + Pay was good
    + Work life balance was awesome, never overtime

    Cons

    - Waves of restructuring and low morale let all the good people go
    - People abuse working from home and are unreachable
    - Your team is generally all around Aus and abroad so expect many phone meetings but never meeting anyone in person (Can be isolating if your team is such as mine was)
    - Management lies about restructuring and stability of teams
    - Difficult to change roles or progress to different departments. Was stopped by my manager
    - No coffee/tea - bare minimum facilities and equipment

    Advice to Management

    - I never understood why we had so many layers of management, and why it was necessary to restructure so often with little to show for it


  6. "Artificial Intelligence software sales"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Watson Client Engagement Leader ANZ in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Watson Client Engagement Leader ANZ in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology and highly educated and intelligent people to work with. Diversity in the workplace and a flexible work environment for women.

    Cons

    Internal competition, disruption due to transformation of the business and high turnover of staff. Not perceived as transforming quickly enough and competitors are biting at our heels as a result.

    Advice to Management

    Be as bold as our competitors in the market, move at a faster pace with AI/Cognitive


  7. "Project manager"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company to work for.

    Cons

    Low pay rates and low rate of increment

    Advice to Management

    None

  8. "Electrical department"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    To show the company my skill about what I train for.

    Cons

    I don't have bad things with the company

    Advice to Management

    I will like u to employed some staff,for the good of ur company


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Focus is mixed"

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    Current Employee - General Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - General Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I love looking after my staff and making clients look good.

    Cons

    The lack of support from Management in career development is palpable at the moment.

    Advice to Management

    There are mixed focuses from the leadership team - we have too many sellers of software and not enough of our services. We don't align across the divisions enough for the client.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Team Leader"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Melbourne (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working is supported - work from home, flexible hours.
    Trying hard to be innovative and forward thinking
    Culture of respect for colleagues and genuine inclusivity
    Interesting projects

    Cons

    Bogged down by global policies, too slow moving.
    Hard to get decisions from management - too afraid to sign off on anything
    Very difficult to get pay increase

    Advice to Management

    Less time wasted chasing approvals would make a more productive workforce!


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