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IBM New York City Reviews

Updated January 15, 2018
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Rudderless leadership destroying its best asset: people"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Strategy Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Strategy Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    So many incredibly smart people. Culture of mutual support at all levels.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership that starts at the top but continues all the way down. Poor product focus comes from a myopic view of client needs and a culture of emperors new clothes. IBM fundamentally has no cloud, but rather than addressing this, they turn to new ever more convoluted sales quotas and ubiquitous product name changes as a substitute for functionality. Every quarter, they let go over key people: The technical and with increasing obviousness older (expensive) staff.

    Advice to Management

    Get focus. Understand where you went wrong - those bad decisions. But that is not enough, you must understand what in your culture leads you to make these bad decisions. Until you understand the flaws in your culture, you will continue to make these bad decisions.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "IBM as a company needs to change"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Campaign Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Campaign Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great people to work with
    - Great benefits
    - Flexible workforce and Ability to work from home
    Learning constantly

    Cons

    -Disorganized
    -a lot of bureaucracy & red tape
    -Leadership has unreasonable expectations on things that are beyond our control

    Advice to Management

    -Listen to what young people have to say
    -Update your systems and tools
    -Stop relying on emails and conference calls
    -Define job roles more strongly

  3. "Clients, Innovation and Values"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - General Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Trusted advisor to clients big and small, across different industries and geographies. I love the fact that innovation is at the heart of the work - not just patents but new techs like artificial intelligence (cognitive), quantum computing, blockchain. And I really like the focus on values and diversity around the world. We recently expanded parental leave (regardless of Family unit/type), just another example of leading with values. The company also has a focus on work/life balance and has that infused in leadership education. Finally, lots of opportunity to change roles and grow new skills.

    Cons

    Constant change to create new markets, improve the portfolio, engage new markets. Not suited for people who prefer to stay in one area.


  4. "Tivoli group development"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    IBM has a great infrastructure for collaborative work with many remote folks

    Cons

    It is easily to get lost in a sea of hundreds of thousands of people


  5. "Incredible company incredible people"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President Engineering in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President Engineering in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM has a strong career path for technical people. You can get a mentor who really cares about you and help you to plan your career over the next 10 years.
    IBM really cares about Making it easy for people with diverse backgrounds to work together without discrimination. I’m not going to say that women have it perfect out here, but management makes an active effort to promote women and this creates an atmosphere which is more conducive to collaboration than any I have seen elsewhere. Discrimination against Asians is nonexistent, or at least not significant enough for me to detect.
    People will go out of their way to help you.
    There is a wealth of opportunities to progress at any time. You need to ensure that you are aligned with the company goals rather than just what your manager is asking you to do.

    Cons

    The biggest problem at working at IBM is to take an idea and to have world-class impact. It’s relatively easy to have any impact at the scale off one customer or even one line of business but to create a product that’s going to revolutionize the world is difficult.

    Advice to Management

    There is a reservoir of goodwill towards IBM in the world. Use it.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "So so..."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I love working from home and having the autonomy to get my job done.

    Cons

    All that counts are numbers now. Sometimes measuring you when you're not aware of what counts, making changes to your job and laying off people on faulty data. Losing good people and everyone's left picking up the pieces. The respect for the individual they used to promote, seems non-existant.


  7. "Culture that aims to continually improve, but values work-life balance."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant - Strategy in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant - Strategy in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Constantly transforming, the company culture inspires in its individuals the desire to transform and improve. Also, work-life balance is great, especially for senior managing consultant level and below. 40-45 hour work weeks common. People care about people. Latest extension from 6 to 12 weeks for paternity leave demonstrates a continued recognition of the balance that people crave.

    Cons

    typical downsides of transformation. There is a serious undercurrent of tried and true employees who are not embracing a new way, but upper management is on the side of pushing the boundaries - and that side will win out eventually.

    Advice to Management

    Push even more swiftly to change this company to meet what the market wants.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Marketing Intern"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern Marketing in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern Marketing in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than a year)

    Pros

    IBM in New York is perhaps one of the best internship experiences you want. It's pretty interesting to witness a company as it transforms.

    Cons

    HQ is in Armonk, especially for millennials.


  9. "Great Flexibility"

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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Armonk, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Armonk, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours and options

    Cons

    Long hours expected, bonus is not competitive

    Advice to Management

    Reward and retain employees


  10. "Senior ENGINEER"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work flexibilty, good vacation.

    Cons

    Average salaries. Limited opportunities for growth.


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