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IBM New York Reviews

Updated November 19, 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 929 reviews)

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  1. "Changing company with lots of potential to contribute"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Transformation Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Business Transformation Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Seasoned employees help new employees get up to speed and acclimated to the culture there

    Cons

    There were a lot of meetings


  2. "Great company with a few problems"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Team Leader, Sales Floor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Team Leader, Sales Floor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for, many career options.

    Cons

    Chance of layoff in the US is high

    Advice to Management

    Be honest, open, truthful.

  3. "Intern with The Weather Company, an IBM Business"

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

    I worked at IBM as an intern

    Pros

    Treated me like a part of the team, obtained great writing experience, helpful managers

    Cons

    None that I can think of


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Good for women"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager Band 10 in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager Band 10 in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM is a great place for women to work. I have had incredible mentors and managers who have opened doors for me to advance.

    Cons

    Thick bureaucracy and very political. Old fashioned command and control model doesn’t attract fresh young talent. Challenging business climate has taken a toll on morale.

    Advice to Management

    Flatten the org, change “band” model to one that allows for more rapid growth. Loosen up more. Take more risks.


  5. "Digital Strategist"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing work-life balance. A 45 hour work week in NYC is almost unheard of - yet it's the standard here!

    Cons

    Not as generous with compensation or bonuses compared to other competitor tech companies.


  6. "Internal Consultant"

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

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

    Pros

    Note that my review is based off my perception of pros/ cons and based largely on my teams and geo.

    MY PROS:
    -Large brand name
    -Decent work life balance
    -Flexibility to work from home
    -Good benefits
    -Ability to have exposure to a global business
    -Project work can be interesting
    -Pay is pretty good
    -People are pretty smart

    Cons

    Note that my review is based off my perception of pros/ cons and based largely on my teams and geo.

    MY CONS:
    -Poor company culture
    -Lack of trust in leadership
    -Low accountability
    -"Yes people" are valued
    -Going against the grain is frowned upon
    -Buzzword hell (i.e. Cognitive, Analytics, Big Data...Watson)
    -Most of middle management is complacent and stay because of IBMs work flexibly so they rarely do anything different than before
    -IBM is very slow to change
    -Very insular
    -Poor financial performance creates constant restrictions
    -Low grade infrastructure (IT, Buildings, etc) for a tech company.

    Advice to Management

    IBM is becoming irrelevant and no matter how much you spend on watson commercials, the tech has to be competitive. You cannot charge premium prices for subpar technology. B2B technology is much harder to break from so luckily you have time but it's running thin. You do not have the visionaries at the top. Your ability to attract candidates from competitive top shops like Google and Amazon is very low and must increase to win the developer battle (and all other roles really). It's time for a change. Your culture is poor and inhibits talent from coming and staying.


  7. "IBM Rocks"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    One of the best company to work with. IBM provides space for each and every employee to grow. Very good HR policies and very good management.

    Cons

    Being 7 years in IBM, i haven't find any Cons. The company provide full space to employee to grow.

  8. "Strategy consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Strategy Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Strategy Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues; highly driven and extremely passionate

    Cons

    Not too much to complaint. Extremely long hours.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Losing hope"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Marketing in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Digital Marketing in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities to learn new things.

    Cons

    Co-location for marketing has resulted in the loss of many good employees; limited opportunity for advancement; wheels turn slowly. "Resource Actions" come out of the blue and give long-standing employees very little severance - this makes current employees feel more like cogs on wheels than humans.

    Advice to Management

    Let go of co-location for high performing employees.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Managing Consultant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of cross business unit transfer options and ability to gain experience outside just your scope of work.

    Cons

    Slow career trajectory. Lots of resource actions often coming at the end of each year. Little to no bonus even for top performers.

    Advice to Management

    Set career expectations early with new hires. Keep pay competitive with the market or we will continue to lose great talent.


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