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IBM Philadelphia Reviews

Updated October 15, 2018
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  • "At times difficult work life balance" (in 1061 reviews)

  • "Low salary increments since last 2 years" (in 505 reviews)

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  1. "Place to grow"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Wayne, PA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Wayne, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You own your career and if you are serious about it, IBM is the best place to retire

    Cons

    People good at lobbying and politics will drive ahead of you


  2. "IT Project Manager"

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    Former Contractor - IT Consultant in Malvern, PA
    Former Contractor - IT Consultant in Malvern, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    large company with USA and global sites

    Cons

    Lost core focus (customers/employees). Became a body shop focused on getting contracts but not staffing to meet contract.

    Advice to Management

    Your were #1 admired corp; where are you now! Also, jetting worse (if possible)!

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Consulting by Degrees"

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    Current Employee - Business Transformation Consultant in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Business Transformation Consultant in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Network
    Salary
    Well received by other company

    Cons

    Terrible management, massive layoffs, no direction, low morale, company sees you as just a number


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Client Executive review of IBM"

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    Former Employee - Client Executive in Phila, PA
    Former Employee - Client Executive in Phila, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Outstanding people in the field with consistent dedication to clients. Intellectual capital at IBM is second to none. IBM brand opens doors.

    Cons

    Impressive strategy/vision by senior leadership, but consistently poor execution. Acquisitions have led way to much overlap with products/solutions which makes creates confusion for field sales as well as clients. Extremely complicated sales plan.

    Advice to Management

    I have shared much advice via engagement surveys which has fallen on deaf ears time after time. Best advice is to recommit to employees and clients. The dollars will follow.


  5. "Landscaper"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Langhorne, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Langhorne, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Competitive Pay. Great people. Owner is very caring. Stable employment.

    Cons

    Hard work, but it is a team effort.

    Advice to Management

    It is great that you listen to us as employees. Thank you for taking my suggestions.


  6. "Application Developer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Wilmington, DE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Onsite opportunity.
    Work from home facility.

    Cons

    Manager driven system.
    Less salary.


  7. "Delivery Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Great place for everyone to work

    Cons

    Always promoted from outside regardless of experience

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work on coaching but find ways for them to stay with the company

  8. "Very Nice Organization to Work for"

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    Current Employee - Managing Con in Wayne, PA
    Current Employee - Managing Con in Wayne, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If the candidate is open to adopt new technologies there are ample amount of opportunities for the employee

    Cons

    Hitting bench is not quite a favorable option

    Advice to Management

    Pls allow us to work in cross technologies and invest in training resources up along with shadowing certain hotskills for the long term benefit.


  9. "Crumbling giant"

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    Current Employee - Computer Programmer/Analyst in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Computer Programmer/Analyst in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Able to work remote most of the time.

    Cons

    They bought our company because it was so successful, then ruined our product (which always made LOTS of money) by packaging it into another product that nobody wanted. In addition, they put it into an umbrella division that was losing millions.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of a serial number and "level banding", get a clue about who does what, and maybe use a scalpel instead of a chainsaw when you need to lay people off. Paying an outsourced company to do this is just insult to injury.


  10. "Web Developer"

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    Current Employee - Web Developer in Blue Bell, PA
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Blue Bell, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Several resources to education and promotion
    -Management shows personal attention and guidance

    Cons

    -Project training can be minimal
    -Career growth can sometimes be difficult

    Advice to Management

    Ask your employees what their goals are and how you can help them achieve that. Checkpoint goals are usually half-hearted. Ask them what they really want out of their career


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