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Updated February 7, 2018
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "IBM 22 year Career"

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    Former Employee - Solutions Specialist in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Solutions Specialist in Melbourne (Australia)

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Large team of the smartest people to back you up. The opportunity to move in any direction within the company is its greatest asset.

    Cons

    You need to manage your career to get anyway.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the high achievers. They are who make IBM what it is.


  2. "Poor management accountability and overly complex processes"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Sales in Melbourne (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ability to work from home as teams are scattered, management by con-calls.
    Well recognised brand for new client pursuit (but existing and previous clients remember their scars).
    Good investment in training - great for young grads.
    In a buoyant market could probably achieve great bonuses.

    Cons

    Process is king. Hugely complex internal processes and very much a "fill out the right form culture".
    Management dis-empowered from real ability to own outcomes or make changes.
    Organisation is very silo'd, very much a product matrix - not at all customer focused - with all power in the brands - which run as very separate competing units.
    When interviewed many years ago - they had joked that if I didn't like my manager don't worry as I'd have a new one in 6-12 months. The other odd joke was IBM stood for "I've Been moved". Both turned out to be surprisingly accurate with very much a short term quarterly focus, very transactional behaviours and significant client frustration at the continuous change in sales staff.
    Sales culture and processes are geared to "product sales" - short transactional - rather than "services" which typically are longer cycles and require delivery track records.

    Advice to Management

    Internal reward structures drive anti-teaming behaviours and transactional focus.
    In a complex changing environment, clients seem to be searching for trusted partners with flexibility, rather than contract / process based vendors.

  3. "IBM Intern"

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    Current Intern - Human Resources Intern in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Intern - Human Resources Intern in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very friendly people, opportunity to work with other teams, plenty of responsibility and autonomy.

    I really enjoy working in my team.

    Cons

    no free tea or coffee, very hard to get budget for events, the intern salary isn't very good. Even at orientation sessions for new interns they don't provide lunch.

    Advice to Management

    treat your employees like people, not just resources. Good staff deserve to be rewarded, and a lot of people are unhappy because they don't feel like their being invested in.


  4. "A good place to work, but not as good as they used to be"

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

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

    Pros

    IBM is a global company with good staff and facilities.

    Cons

    Morale can be low in some areas.
    Slow to adapt to new technologies

    Advice to Management

    Embrace new technologies rather than trying to continue with the old way of doing things.


  5. "Great Place to Work?"

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    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging, Broad Range of Projects, flexibility.

    Cons

    Limited chance to earn more. Bad moral. High Turn around

    Advice to Management

    Look after your employees!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great people to work with"

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    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.


  7. "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

  8. "Test Manager"

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    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


  9. "IBM Intern"

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    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


  10. "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


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