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Updated September 17, 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 917 reviews)

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  1. "Technical support analyst L2"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work from home or office

    Cons

    Layoffs every year, never know when is your time to go

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent


  2. "good pay ... no office"

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    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in Orlando, FL
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good salary and good work life balance

    Cons

    work from home full time

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Manager in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Great open leadership team at least in my corner of the company. I've been able to gather a top notch team of skilled professionals delivering service to our end customers.

    Cons

    Idiotic decisions being made at HQ removing resources without even a chance to prepare for reduction.

    Advice to Management

    Quit trying to fine tune with a hatched instead of a scalpel. Seek and listen to input from lower level leaders and workers.


  4. "Great potential....but"

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    Current Employee - Strategist in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Strategist in Orlando, FL
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    A very large portfolio of software products and the potential to provide an end to end platform to help companies know and sell to their customers.

    Cons

    A culture that sells speeds and feeds/features and benefits as opposed to providing solutions. A company focusing on short-term gains to the exclusion of ensuring its future.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what you want to succeed at and head towards it come hell or high water. March to one mission statement and Lincoln quoting scripture said it best, "A house divided against itself cannot stand." Software, services, Watson, should think "IBM first" by default rather than trying to sell your services, software or hardware and the rest of IBM be damned.


  5. "IBM Review"

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    Current Employee - Implementation Consultant in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Implementation Consultant in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working for such a large company allows you to meet so many other talented people in the industry.

    Cons

    Because the company is so large and global it takes a very long time for tasks to be completed. Communication has room for improvement and processes change frequently.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate openly to employees without so many secrets.


  6. "Senior IT Architect / Project Manager / People Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior IT Architect/Project Manager/People Manager in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Senior IT Architect/Project Manager/People Manager in Orlando, FL
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Intellectual community, flexibility, strong leaders, good people

    Cons

    Constant change of internal processes.

    Advice to Management

    Reward those that are loyal and are high performers.


  7. "18 Month 6 Managers a Business in Transformation"

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    Former Freelancer - Partner Technical Advocate in Orlando, FL
    Former Freelancer - Partner Technical Advocate in Orlando, FL
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    High profile company
    Cool Technology - Poor Marketing

    Cons

    Lost touch with Customers
    Constant shift of resources led to customer distrust and allowed competing products to penetrate a space that they had better products.
    6 Managers in 18 months no leadership drifting ship
    You train all the employees to learn the new leading technology but then won't allow them to apply for jobs because you're only hiring "EXTERNALLY"

    Advice to Management

    Just get back to taking care of your customers and making sure they understand that you have great solutions that if they will trust you again can be deployed. Quit preventing existing employee's from participating in open positions!

  8. "You can do it @ IBM - Maybe..."

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    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Hard to advance, hard to get bonuses & pay raises.. But if you can rock out top scores, close crit-sits, and keep customer sat very high, all while helping others and making people notice, you can navigate these waters. It is basically the top 2-3% of performers in IBM that move up the ranks and pay bands and land the $ awards.

    Cons

    See pros for more info..

    Advice to Management

    Spread the wealth a bit. As IBM reinvents itself, do realize that a average / above average performer won't be around for long with no bonuses & raises.


  9. "Quality Risk Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    depends on Manager but autonomous - can generally control own schedule.

    Cons

    Constant Resource Actions, Not using skills to best impact

    Advice to Management

    Retain your good people.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Terrible pay, terrible management, but some nice benefits"

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    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Official work from home program lets you be flexible and saves you money
    Health benefits are good
    401k benefits are average

    Cons

    Low pay. And by low, I mean after 7 years with the company in the same position, I made less the day I left than the day I started because they reduced my pay by 15% after the first year. And I was a top performer, not some slacker. I had consistently high performance reviews. But they reduced all of our pay by 15% and rarely gave us raises or overtime or bonuses to make it back up. How messed up is that? I had a BS in IT (which they did NOT help with for because as I was told, "don't even bother to ask for tuition assistance because we won't approve it"). I also had 14 industry certifications and years of experience. Not only that, but I developed applications that increased their bottom line, saved them thousands in penalties, and kept their customers happy with us. I ended up leaving IBM after 7 years and got a $35k bump in pay. That's how bad they were paying me.

    Oh and management... So IBM has people managers and technical managers. On paper you report to your people manager who has no clue what you do. Their sole job is to make sure your timesheets are in, that your performance reviews are done, and to approve expense reports. That's it. No career guidance. No checking in to make sure you have the tools you need. Nada. Just paperwork. They dont have answers to any kind of internal programs that might benefit you.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the employees that add value and take care of them appropriately. Otherwise, you'll continue to lose high value contracts like you are doing right now.


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