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IBM Philadelphia Reviews

Updated September 18, 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 896 reviews)

  • Long hours required during peak work periods (in 432 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "SW Sales"

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    Former Employee - Software Sales Representative in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Software Sales Representative in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits for employees

    Cons

    Upper management does not know how to sell


  2. "Sr.Advisory Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Senior Advisory Consultant in Chesterbrook, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Advisory Consultant in Chesterbrook, PA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    +Learning Facilities
    +Switching opportunities within projects

    Cons

    -Low Pay
    -Leave policies
    -Top Heavy

    Advice to Management

    Please focus on employees needs.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Watched the fall"

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    Former Employee - IT Senior Specialist in Wayne, PA
    Former Employee - IT Senior Specialist in Wayne, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Most of the teams I worked on, the people were wonderful. Almost like a family.

    Cons

    Arrogance in the face of 22 consecutive quarters of declining revenue. No direction, feeling of helplessness. Benefits are not what they used to be. Raises are terrible to non-existent. Values have changed, employees are no longer valued

    Advice to Management

    Instead of playing "catch-up" leverage your existing technology. Stop trying to not be a computer company and realize you have the ability to produce the total package and be the once dominant company IBM was, instead of the shadow of it's former self.


  4. "Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not many pros to share. After fighting for 2 years I was given a sizable raise before I left.

    Cons

    Being acquired by IBM was not a pleasant experience. We were lost in the shuffle. I have since left the company, but in the last 2 years MANY of my co-workers have been let go and the products we/they supported are being redone and absorbed into existing IBM programs. The way it was all done was very disheartening, but I guess this is how a big company that acquires many small companies stays relevant.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget there are real people working for you and not just machines.


  5. "Happy to be here"

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    Current Employee - Associate Marketing Manager (Advanced)/Graphics/Multimedia Design Expert in Blue Bell, PA
    Current Employee - Associate Marketing Manager (Advanced)/Graphics/Multimedia Design Expert in Blue Bell, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with a fun/creative team.

    Cons

    A bit bureaucratic and slow due to size of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Make certain to recognize hard work.


  6. "Service Delivery Manager for P & C Insurance Company in the Northeast Region"

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    Former Employee - Service Delivery Manager in Phila, PA
    Former Employee - Service Delivery Manager in Phila, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Company that provides opportunity for their employees to grow and contribute to society, as well as develop state of the art systems & processes to streamline & satisfy the needs for the customers.

    Cons

    Layoffs that have hurt the company's image , as well as

    Advice to Management

    Continue to develop new technology to meet the needs of our customers & provide excellent service in all areas that you provide , as well as stimulate your employees to go above & beyond for the needs of the your customers & management.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    So much flexibility knowing IBM is located in all major cities. I also get work remote often with is so nice when i want to visit family or friends. I can still work from other cities.

    Cons

    Working at a company as massive as IBM can sometimes make a person feel like they are just a #. Not the most personal experice

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your your younger talent. we need great junior, mid level, and senior employees. Sometimes it feels like we have great juniors, and seniors, but the mid level is lacking.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work but some challenges"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Truly good people who care about IBM and each other
    Smart, smart, smart people -- leading thinkers in so many areas; you can truly find an expert and learn about nearly any topic you can think of
    Good work -- lots of opportunity to be part of changing a large company in a volatile and complex industry
    I've been very lucky to have many really good managers in my time here
    Opportunities to do different things

    Cons

    High-risk of job loss as employment levels and skill needs change; and pitiful severance
    A few senior leaders who may mean well but may benefit from more new blood in the org
    Hard to change a big complex global org; they're on the path, but change is hard and slow

    Advice to Management

    Get beyond the excessively cost-focus; this quarterly view of the world limits progress in key actions that are needed to drive the strategy
    Be more selective about what to change and provide the resources to really make it happen
    Take better care of the employees you have or need to let go of for no other reason than business demand


  9. "One of the best emoloyee friendly company to work for."

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    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent employee benefits and work life balance. Good vision. Hundreds of tools. Strong leadership. Excellent CBD program for fresh graduates.

    Cons

    At times bureaucratic when it comes to getting answers on internal admin tasks. Some of the tools used are aged.

    Advice to Management

    Revamp desk site support


  10. "IBM Review"

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    Current Employee - Client Success Manager in Phila, PA
    Current Employee - Client Success Manager in Phila, PA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance at IBM.

    Cons

    Tough to figure out a career path.

    Advice to Management

    Have more conversations around career options.


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