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IBM New York Reviews

Updated May 22, 2018
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  • Bad work life balance in the company (in 993 reviews)

  • In this competitive atmosphere, you must often work long hours (in 467 reviews)

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  1. "Amazing opportunities and experience"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM's brand recognition allows us to work with major clients and partners to solve complex issues in the industry. IBM offers a lot of opportunities for career and personal development. I was part of IBM's Corporate Service Corps program where I spent 1 month in Eastern Europe working on social and environmental projects with a direct impact on the community.

    Cons

    Since IBM is a very large company, it is hard to navigate at times.


  2. "Associate Partner"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Partner in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Partner in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, good teamwork, good industry penetration

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy; arcane rules; disconnected executive management

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes to the reality of your employees

  3. "Working with clients to drive value in their use of the Watson & Cloud Platform"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Success Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Client Success Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay and great benefits, smart and hard-working people, great technology and heavy focus on artificial intelligence, great office environment, ability to work remotely

    Cons

    IBM can sometimes be too big. Often times bouncing around between different teams to find the right person to help handle a situation. Long processes to get administrative work done. Can get a bit political at times.

    Advice to Management

    Simplify processes and become more agile. Reallocate resources to the areas that need help and focus.


  4. "What should be the right sequence of priorities?"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pride - we create and apply technologies to make the business world work better. Value - employees share strong culture and value, comraderies high in team

    Cons

    Constant pressure to drive bottom-line growth due to shareholder value focus...
    This drove cost cutting and limit top line growth, and growth opportunities for employees

    Advice to Management

    Focus on Customer First, Employee Second, Shareholders Third - the first two will take care of the shareholders. If we have attracted the wrong shareholders (the pure dividend seekers), we should just let them go.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "@IBM"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Human Resources Project Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    big name, lots of opportunities, good platform to learn things
    co-workers are very nice and ready to help each others
    cross country work experiences
    agile environment
    easy internal job transfer

    Cons

    company is going down, resource action everyday
    too many meetings- fully booked with meetings everyday
    many processes, the company does not have a clear picture of its next move

    Advice to Management

    replace current CEO (talks too much does little) to a tech person who has a clear picture of the next movement, cut at least half of the backoffice employees- their existance are to make you busy with processes


  6. "Sinking ship"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of diverse opportunities and trainings

    Cons

    Tons of recent lay-offs and retrainings due to a massive over hire in the consulting program paired with not enough signings.


  7. "Good company to start your career development"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Good atmosphere, great challenges, flexibility.

    Cons

    Distance from main city, spent too much time in car.

    Advice to Management

    Increase coaching and feedback sessions,

  8. "Ibm"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Growth opportunities. Technology. Culture . Innovation

    Cons

    Too many processes.. too many obstacles.

    Advice to Management

    Establish Training programs with hands on projects


  9. "Network to succeed"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy to move laterally,

    Cons

    slow work pipeline, not great senior management, poor education opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Perform better, reorganize your structure, understand your business


  10. Helpful (1)

    "No loyalty to their employees"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of free education and access to certifications.
    Chance to grow and explore skill sets within a project
    Access to senior leadership if you look for it

    Cons

    No loyalty - this is a place where you can have excellent year end reviews, excellent project reviews, excellent relationships with your management and still be Resource Actioned (laid off). They will allow senior leadership who got IBM into this sticky situation to keep their jobs and lay off entire analyst start classes hired directly out of undergrad.

    Don't expect a bonus over $2,000. This means that even if you have a perfect rating at the end of the year, you are only worth $2,000 more to IBM than their employees who have average or below average ratings. Are all of those 80+ hour weeks grinding worth it? Probably not at IBM. Not to mention that annual raises will always be below inflation..

    Poor culture. You have to be in the "cool kids club" to be part of any strong culture here or to expect any recognition. Otherwise, expect to work long and hard hours with little recognition.

    Advice to Management

    Really look into how and why you are promoting people.

    Don't hire resources you can't staff. (Don't hire non technical resources if you only want to staff technical resources)

    Think about who you have sitting in the VP, Partner, Senior Partner and Managing Partner roles... Aren't they the reasons for our poor delivery and inability to sign work in our consulting business?


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