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IBM New York Reviews

Updated April 19, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Client Technical Professional at IBM"

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    Current Employee - Senior Client Technical Professional in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Client Technical Professional in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mobile Employee, self managed, self training. If you like to manage yourself with little direction from above it is a great environment.

    Cons

    IBM first and second line managers do not manage. They are simply bureaucrats carrying out instructions from executives above. As such the actual workers are leaderless moving from priority to priority with no explanation of the the strategy they are attempting to implement.

    Advice to Management

    As much as I liked being my own boss a little direction and communication of why, rather than simply do, would have been helpful.


  2. "Watson Architect"

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    Former Employee - Watcon Architect in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Watcon Architect in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great tech and super nice people to work with. Very good learning platform to expand skills and knowledge.

    Cons

    14+ hour days (international projects) and tons of travel.

    Advice to Management

    IBM's reputation as an employer is very low. I think folks expect to be laid off every year.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Cloud & Cognitive Technical Leader"

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

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

    Pros

    Forward Thinking, Smart People to work with, Great work life balance

    Cons

    Very Sales focused, Not caring enough about employes. Does not cherish the wild duck

    Advice to Management

    Its good to keep refreshing you skills but evaluate what needed in the market and make decisions appropriately.


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  5. "Was what everyone says it would be"

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    Former Employee - Software in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big company lots of different options to explore.

    Nice benefits, medical, 401k everything you would expect to have in a company that size.

    Cons

    Very political, slow moving.

    Alot of middle managers and we'll, just alot managers period.

    Long hours with not enough acknowledgement for the work being done.

    CEO

    Advice to Management

    Get it together

    IBM Response

    Apr 12, 2017 – Program Consultant - IBMer Engagement

    Thank you for writing a review.


  6. "A mediocre company with great people"

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    Current Employee - Marketing in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing in New York, NY
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stability is great here, mobility as well.

    Cons

    Not as much upward mobility without moving teams/divisions

    Advice to Management

    I think IBM needs to improve work incentives for lower level employees.


  7. "My Great Time there"

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    Current Employee - General Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - General Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great folks, great technologies, great chances to learn

    Cons

    slow to change slow to innovate

    Advice to Management

    Advanced degrees exist for a reason, never take that lightly


  8. "Great start to a career, but impersonal"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant, Global Business Services, IX Digital in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant, Global Business Services, IX Digital in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great start to a career, but impersonal
    Great compensation and benefits
    Opportunities to explore different career paths and industries if you're not sure exactly what you want to do
    Work with really smart, interesting people
    Constantly changing clients/projects/locations
    Challenging roles you would not get hired for specifically- plenty of room to grow
    To me there doesn't seem to be a glass ceiling at IBM. I worked hard, was often recognized for my work, and found really interesting and challenging roles. The better you do, the more responsibility you are given.
    As a first job out of college, if you're not sure exactly what you want to do and don't mind traveling 4 days/week, this is the perfect job.

    Cons

    If you are a consultant, you do not have control over where you are working geographically- at any time you could be placed on a project anywhere for any period of time. This is probably true of any consulting company.

    Also if you are a consultant, you likely will not have control over the roles you take in the organization. If a team needs a gap to be filled, you will have to step in even if it's not in the industry you would like or where you want to be.

    One of my largest qualms with working at IBM was that there is no emphasis on manager relationships. You will more than likely not know and not often interact with your manager. This is no fault of theirs-- they have full time jobs, are most often not on the same project or client as you, and are not based in your city. I have not met any of the (many) managers I've had through re-orgs, and infrequently interacted with them. Managers are not rewarded for working with their managees and not motivated to do so.

    The culture is fast-paced and demanding. I realized quickly that I did not want to become senior at IBM, as the expectation is that you will always be available and ready to work (weekends, late nights, etc.) This is how people earn respect at IBM.

    I've had several instances in which older men have made unwanted advances toward me. With a company as large as IBM, I can see how this could happen. I was able to quickly deal with these scenarios.

    Advice to Management

    Place emphasis on manager relationships, fostering career growth for individual employees, etc.
    Place emphasis on culture and work life balance.


  9. "Poor Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent work/life balance, pretty good vacation time if you can take it

    Cons

    The management staff are not engaged with employees, they only get engaged when something is wrong.


  10. "Anonymous"

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    Former Contractor - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Had an overall good experience consulting there.

    Cons

    Too much politics and the management needs to be more transparent.


  11. "Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    IBM offers clients depth of industry expertise, technical resources and a very broad set of product and service offerings.

    Cons

    Too many software acquisitions causing integration issues and blurred the lines of existing solutions. Too many lay-offs (RA's).

    Advice to Management

    Too many good people get RA'ed for no good reason. Rethink how you conduct lay-offs.


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