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Updated April 25, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Still one of the places to be if you want to innovate in meaningful ways to affect the world"

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Here's an example of what I mean by innovating to affect the world. I just finished an exercise where I looked back at my multi-year career at IBM to see where I made a difference, not just to IBM but to my clients and beyond. I remembered a project I helped lead for a world-class academic medical center a few years ago where we developed a first-of-a-kind piece of clinical technology in collaboration with the client using all of IBM, including hardware, software, services, industry expertise and IBM research. That project several years ago formed the foundation of the long-term relationship that enabled us to build a Watson instance around cancer diagnosis and treatment that is enabling about 30% of their patients to live longer lives with better outcomes from treatment. That is real impact on the lives of people. That is what I mean by "meaningful".

    Cons

    IBM is in the middle of a difficult transition from a traditional hardware/software/services IT company to a new model of a cognitive and cloud company that doesn't exist anywhere yet. In the process, there are transition pains as the company needs to meet short-term financial targets while accomplishing incredible change and metamorphosis as a company. If you are looking for a place to come to work, do your job, and not have to deal with change for 20 years, this is not the company for you.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your eye on the long-term, not just short-term financial targets.


  2. "Wonderful place to work"

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    Former Employee - Technology Analyst in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Technology Analyst in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    smart, honest, diligent people.

    Cons

    hard for people with egos. huge company with lots of internal conflicts.

    Advice to Management

    take better care of your subordinates.


  3. Helpful (15)

    "Slow-motion train wreck"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Bright, passionate (but beleagured) workforce. Good, though continually reduced benefits. Flexiblity and W/L balance *if* you work within a good org.

    Cons

    Continued layoffs, disrespectful and/or oblivious leadership, unrealistic and unattainable goals underpinned with the overt threat of job security, disempowerment of rank-and-file and first-line mgmt, continued hiring freezes (for everyone except executives who seem to be hired by the truckload), reactive coupled with stagnant thinking, "agile" workspaces (where *no* thinking actually happens), competing divisions who are supposedly focused on the same goal, too focused on lowering costs instead of focusing on improving products and services, focus on "minimally viable products" that are never enhanced beyond "minimally viable"

    Advice to Management

    No need; they know everything already. Aces, all.


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  5. "Strategist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greensboro, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay, flexible work schedule, many opportunities to move around the company.

    Cons

    Not a tremendous amount of upward growth, while hours are flexible they are long, doing away with work remote options

    Advice to Management

    Facilitate more opportunities for upward g row th


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Learned how to put out fires"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Apex, NC
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Apex, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits. Flexible work hours. Location and work from home available. Personal and professional relationships gained. Occasional bonuses cash and blue points for merchandise

    Cons

    Constant organization chaos and layers of management. Lack of management direction and communication. No consistent processes. No disciplinary action for inappropriate behavior


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Big data consultant"

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    Former Employee - Big Data Engineer in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Big Data Engineer in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Creativity , some of awesome supportive manager for your work, gr8 place to explore new technology.

    Cons

    Better not to interact ppl who does politics and take your work credit and if anything goes wrong such ppl point to you

    Advice to Management

    Only I see 30% of team member work and not some managers and Sr. Managers don't give credit.

    If Managers is at onsite... They don't carry who are you and how good you are.


  8. "Great company and good values"

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    Current Employee - Business Operations Manager in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Business Operations Manager in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There's plenty to do, and plenty of growth when you're innovative.

    Cons

    Budget cuts come to often.

    Advice to Management

    Help to grow skills and encourage it, don't just dump it on a website and expect all to follow. The amount of content can be overwhelming for someone new.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Business Unit Executive"

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    Current Employee - Business Unit Executive in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Business Unit Executive in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large company with sound technology and multiple career paths.

    Cons

    Very weak senior leadership who are more focused on acting like they know about transactions than leading.

    Advice to Management

    Take a customer first view and make yourself relevant instead of just doing cadence calls.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Content Marketing"

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    Current Employee - Content Marketing in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Content Marketing in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good benefits - team is great

    Cons

    constant layoffs and turnover causes confusion and chaos


  11. Helpful (1)

    "A dream job gone bad"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are great.

    Cons

    You have a pretty good chance of getting laid off if you are the newest employee on any project. Low end on the totem pole gets the shaft no matter how hard you work. 1st, 2nd and 3rd line Management does not care. Upper Execs do not care about the employees. IBM is not what it was and that is because of greed. You never see executives getting laid off and you will see the Execs or CEO getting huge bonuses and raises right after a mass layoff. IBM has shot themselves in the foot on getting rid of skilled and knowledgeable employees.

    Advice to Management

    Quit ruining people's lives over greed. You spend far more time and money on less skilled employees who you are obviously using. If you had kept the skilled, a few of your big investments, big projects would have succeeded instead of getting shelved. Who wants to work for a company that has the threat of lay offs looming over their heads constantly? I give those people a kudos for applying and working there.


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