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Updated February 13, 2019
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  1. "Lots of opportunity, tough to adjust after acquisition though"

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    Former Employee - Data Scientist in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Data Scientist in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked with great people prior to the acquisition. Had the time of my life

    Cons

    The org structure and business changed drastically over the course of a couple years and people started leaving. Eventually half of our employees were laid off anyway. I think things expanded a bit too quickly after the acquisition


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    "Not Long Term Minded"

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    Current Contractor - Systems Engineer I in Broadview Heights, OH
    Current Contractor - Systems Engineer I in Broadview Heights, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM as a contractor (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Engaging work projects, good people

    Cons

    IBM manages contractors as an elastic resource, so be prepared for furloughs and layoffs. What is promised to you on intake subject to change, dramatically over your tenure. Be prepared to hurry up and wait, as it takes a while for the flywheel to start turning.

    Advice to Management

    Treat contractors like people, not objects. We're the reason that you are able to retain your holiday bonuses. Also, give credit where credit is due. On the last "All Hands Call", one of the most clueless project managers on staff was held up as a great example of "Customer Communication" and "Driving Innovation in Process", when in reality it was ME and the team of off-shore contractors that I was wrangling and driving. I was the person who created the accountability, managed the project and basically used the Project Manager as a resource to block us from useless meetings (which there are many) and focus on getting the work done. Pissed me off that he got the credit, and I got released to go find another job.

  3. "Nothing ever gets accomplished."

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    Current Contractor - Cloud Architect in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Contractor - Cloud Architect in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work from home. Work with great people.

    Cons

    Poorly managed projects. Constant initiative changes.


  4. "Senior Management Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some technically talented people. Lots of offering. Great history

    Cons

    No growth. Not service minded. Go to market strategies are not applied in practice. Fragmented. Watson is a buzz word.

    Advice to Management

    Need to be client centric, service minded and growth focused.


  5. "Digital Sales Rep Renewals"

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    Former Employee - Digital Sales Representative - Acquisitions in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Digital Sales Representative - Acquisitions in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are good.

    Cons

    Company expects loyalty from employees yet provides absolutely nothing in return. If you are over 50 and not a top executive you are too expensive for IBM. Experience and longevity are worth nothing. Too top heavy.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of Ms. Rometty and replace her with someone who is sincere about doing the right thing for the customers and employees as opposed to taking advantage of both to make herself shine.


  6. "Application Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Good Work Life Balance and availability expectations

    Cons

    Physical Office Building is cramped and windowless

    Advice to Management

    Put employees work conditions a little higher on the priority list and the quality of work (and our ability to recruit) with go way up.


  7. "Developer"

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    Current Employee - Developer in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Developer in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great place to work

    Cons

    less salary when compared to the location

  8. "System Administrator"

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    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Its a Job and it pays

    Cons

    I worked for a company that outsourced its IT department to IBM a few years ago. The current IT staff was re-badged as IBM employees and told we had 3 months to find a permanent position at IBM or we would get our 10 weeks severance package. After a month they hired almost all the staff on full time so they could avoid paying the severance package. Then they started laying us off in groups until almost no one was left. They back fill some of the positions with staff from India and South America. The new staff is untrained and seems to have no experience. The reporting structure is a mystery even to the long time IBM staff.
     I spend most of my time fielding request from users that are so frustrated they could scream. Helpdesk requests go unanswered for weeks for very basic requests. Everyone is very frustrated.
    The IBM benefits, timesheet and vacation system is built in such a complicated way that is easy to get underpaid, lose vacation time, or get screwed on your severance package. There is no org chart very little communication between silos. I have friends that have quit without another position because they can't continue to work in this environment. those of us that say have had to put aside job satisfaction in favor of a paycheck. If you are the type of person that cares about the job you do or the people you support you will not be happy here.
    If you are looking to outsource your IT department plan on losing our most qualified staff due to their frustration dealing with IBM. The only way i can see that IBM is getting 4 and 5 stars from these reviews is they are either faked to bring up their rating or all the review are all from other divisions or 3rd world countries


  9. "Management changing every now and then"

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    Current Employee - Advisory IT Analyst in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Advisory IT Analyst in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    No one cares as long you are working and maintaining your utilization

    Cons

    A lot of power given in the hands of your immediate supervisor and it sometimes leads misuse of power.
    Even if the company can't provide a project, your utilization will suffer and they will kick you out finally.

    Advice to Management

    Need more trainings for the managers


  10. "IBM Watson Health"

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    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Cleveland, OH
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people, good work, interesting problems

    Cons

    Business failures result in low wages, low raises, and low retention.


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