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IBM Minneapolis Reviews

Updated September 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 916 reviews)

  • Long hours like everwhere elses (in 436 reviews)

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  1. "It's Not What It Used to Be"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at IBM (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Managers are professional, and IBM has processes to handle every situation. When I contracted with a different company, my manager went on vacation and the person delegated to sign my timecard didn't. No pay that week! That doesn't happen at IBM.

    Cons

    IBM has embraced the bottom line to the point that it overrides everything, including customer service. And it's no longer about excellence, it's about doing more with less and fewer, and not in the good way. Claiming it would take X employees to do handle an account, when it really required more employees, and then making those employees work mandatory overtime got them in trouble. I don't think that's changed.


  2. "Loves to offshore"

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    Former Contractor - Unix Systems Administrator in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Contractor - Unix Systems Administrator in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    With a company this big, odds are good that you should be able to find somebody that knows something you need

    Cons

    No job security, processes seem to be implemented to prevent actual work, you always have at least two managers and the wrong one evaluates you for your rating

    Advice to Management

    While offshoring can save money, you often get what you pay for

  3. "Professional"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Consultant in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Professional work environment. Great clients. Good travel opportunities. Longer timeline projects. Varied and versatile experience. Effective project management. Enjoyed the team work

    Cons

    Less project opportunities. Cumbersome procedures. Lots of paper work to get promoted. Every week travel from Monday to Thursday makes the work life balance difficult

    Advice to Management

    Get more projects


  4. Helpful (2)

    "IBM GBS"

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    Former Employee - Associate Partner in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Associate Partner in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good educational opportunity and excellent people from Band 10 and below

    Cons

    Cruel culture, food fights over revenue credit, whimsical lay offs, leadership survives by capitulating to CEO, no business sense, losing revenue in consulting and shrinking market share

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of 50% of the Partners and VPs. They have become irrelevant with their knowledge and judgment. CEO should consider handing the baton over to someone who understands today's market and technologies


  5. "Account Executive"

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Flexible schedule
    - Compensation
    - Rewarded for top performance

    Cons

    - Promotions / Career advancement
    - Reorganization
    - Lack of continuity


  6. "IBM"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Innovative company if working for Watson
    Decent work life balance

    Cons

    Job lay offs due to outsourcing
    Low compensation


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Poorly executed digital strategy but some pockets of innovation and growth"

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    Current Employee - Program Director in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Program Director in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Highly challenging to execute on a truly global scale; resources and tools unmatched in most companies, pockets of expertise in almost everything

    Cons

    Corporate mandates are often un-nuanced and damaging to business lines, digital infrastructure does not work well, lack of a coherent digital marketing vision

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the business units, restructure CHQ to align to business strategy, and stop with one size fits all mandates and inflexible systems.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Your Job will be Moved....Eventually."

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    Former Employee - Product Champion In Tech Support in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Product Champion In Tech Support in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The customers do appreciate the extra effort you put into helping them. Some of my customers and colleagues have turned into lifelong friends.

    Cons

    Myself and several other US located colleagues on our team got their jobs moved to either Ottawa, Canada or Eastern Europe. This was done to save IBM even more money, not due to lack of profitability in our department. One Third of IBM employees are in India or Bangladesh. This isn't an accident.

    Advice to Management

    IBM will have 20 straight quarters of decreasing revenue. Instead of cutting costs, how about selling more? You have bought enough companies and patents to cross sell for decades. What seems to be the problem?


  9. "Beaurocratic, archaic and homegrown systems. Poor and unethical management."

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    Current Employee - Workday Engagement Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Workday Engagement Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They know and understand good companies with good people/products/services to acquire. I have met some really hard working brilliant good people at ibm.

    Cons

    Terrible internal processes. Still on lotus notes!! Admin doubled after being acquired by IBM. Homegrown systems that do not talk to one another. Embarrassing to defend inefficiencies to clients. Answer to declining revenue is to get rid of good people, remove option to work from home and add more administration. Have lost really good team members to bad management decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Actually listen to the employees and take ownership for decisions and processes that are not working. Stop blaming the people who are paying the bills.


  10. "Development Management"

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    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of work, lots of interesting work.

    Cons

    Landing a job after your contract ends is a tough process.

    Advice to Management

    There are soft skills and hard skills in management, hard skills are easy to gauge and there is no measure for identifying those much needed and valued soft skills.


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