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Updated July 11, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "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


  2. 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?

  3. "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.


  4. "Company on the decline"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary, work life balance, and still quite a few good people working there.

    Cons

    - Layoff rumors are constant, and come to fruition at least annually.
    - Benefits cost more and provide less every year.
    - All decisions based on quarterly finances
    - As pieces of the business are bought and sold, corporate identity is unclear

    Advice to Management

    Focus on quality of the product/service, and taking care of your people. Quit being penny wise and dollar foolish


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Glad to be gone"

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    Former Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work from home balance, good co-workers

    Cons

    Upper management, salaries, (no) bonuses, (no) education, resource actions and constant quarterly anxiety.

    Advice to Management

    Go to ...


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Pros and Cons"

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

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

    Pros

    You will be paid an average salary and be exposed to many types of process

    Cons

    You will be overworked and then (most likely) outsourced after you build your position or process to the point of it being transferred to cheaper countries or cheaper service centers

    Advice to Management

    Retain, retain, retain talent! I spent 14 years with IBM and gained expertise. My reward - laid off and my job outsourced. You get what you pay for and from what I see in the industry, your reputation is not what it used to be. Move over old school - the young IT companies are pounding on the door.


  7. "IBM Remote Worker"

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    Former Employee - IT Architect in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - IT Architect in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Large company with many options, CBT based training available, flexible work schedule, average benefits. many areas of technology available.

    Cons

    Over worked, under appreciated, very minimal career growth, ever changed staff and management, outdated hardware that is never refreshed.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of the people.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Financial Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN

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

    Pros

    the majority of FA's are your age fresh from graduating college so it is easy to make friends. Flex Friday

    Cons

    You will start as supplemental in most cases. If you are lucky you will get an easy desk where the FA before you isn't leaving the company and will actually train you on how to complete your work. Otherwise you will get someone who is out the door and you will get about 1 week of training and you will have no idea how to do your job. Your manager in most cases has no idea what your daily tasks are or specifics to your role. Then you will get promoted and it gets worse. They pile on more work with about a 1K bump in pay. This is the point most people leave. They are really good at giving you a ton of work knowing they can replace you with another college graduate. The turnover in the COE is unreal over 35%. the average person lasts a year and a half. Really its only that high because the people that have been there more than 3 yrs their spouse works at mayo and they are not moving. Be ready for a ton of work with no pay and no appreciation. Most likely you will start with 15-30 new hires and after 3 months half will have quit for better jobs. My advice is go in with the mindset that there is no career path here and use it as a resume builder. Always remember the COE is vastly different than IBM itself. It may fall under IBM but you are basically a cheap labor center from overseas. The COE is a cost effective center and it is ran as such.

    Advice to Management

    be honest with employees. Do not lie about how long they will have to pull double duty or about the roles they are receiving.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Avoid if you're ambitious"

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very little actual work to do so the hours are great. People are generally nice. Since so little analysis or thought is required for the job it's very easy and simple.

    Cons

    Extremely boring and repetitive work. You won't gain any tangible skills from this job. Furthermore, your manager may be completely unaware of what your job actually entails since all different corporate finance functions are put together at the CoE. Instead of learning what the day to day work is for the analysts under him or her, your manager may be content to expect everyone to read their mind on a daily basis. Managers at the CoE in Rochester seem to think they are god's greatest gift to management when in fact they are simply supervisors for glorified clerks. Your manager will require of you to never approach work in an intelligent manner since they themselves are incapable of thought.

    Advice to Management

    Stop expecting employees to read your mind. Understand how little is required of the jobs people under you do.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Everyone is a Widget"

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    Former Employee - Department Manager in Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Department Manager in Rochester, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most people on the front lines are great people trying to make a difference.

    Cons

    To managers, everyone is a widget, interchangeable and disposable. Layoff are very common. 1st line managers have no authority.

    Advice to Management

    Poor business results leading to layoffs are the outcome of ineffective executive management with extremely poor business acumen.


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