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IBM Phoenix Reviews

Updated November 7, 2018
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  • "At times difficult work life balance" (in 1060 reviews)

  • "Low salary increments since last 2 years" (in 502 reviews)

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  1. "Company review"

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    Current Employee - Client Executive, Cloud and Software Sales At IBM in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Client Executive, Cloud and Software Sales At IBM in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large company with good resources.

    Cons

    The large company environment requires significant administration work.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to streamline processes.


  2. "Senior Software Developer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mature, customer focused business. Modern development tools and techniques.

    Cons

    Typical large company issues, sometimes difficult to get necessary resources or direction.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Poor culture and lack of direction and management"

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    Former Employee - Management Consulting Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Management Consulting Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation and the name. The benefits are okay but the bonus is horrible. A lot less travel than normal firms

    Cons

    Horrible project management. Inability to relate to clients. Lack of coordination across the practice. Ibm still uses lotus notes for email and other custom developed software solutions which make your work life suck

    Advice to Management

    Have a longer term vision than end of month utilization.


  4. "Good place to cut your teeth - but..."

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked with a lot of good professionals that cared about what they were doing. Full time work at home (if that's your thing).

    Cons

    Where to start. Everything is #1 - no alignment at the Portfolio or across Senior Portfolio Executive Level to clearly define the top initiatives that align to the organization's strategy and short term goals. A LOT of escalations to "pull a resource from your #1 project to support my #1 project." No work/life balance and loads of weekend/overnight work.

    Pay is substantially LOWER than market average - even after obtaining certifications. I was promoted in title several times without compensation.

    Lastly, if job security is important to you this is not the place. Most of the jobs have been shipped off-shore (without consent of the customer I might add). Global Delivery Centers established just a few years ago within the U.S. are ghost towns as the jobs promised to the community are now - overseas.

    Advice to Management

    See above. This is not going to change. IBM has become the latest in a vast array of old dinosaurs operating under old processes and business practices to improve their bottom line.


  5. "Desktop Support L2 & 3"

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    Former Contractor - Desktop Support Technician in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Contractor - Desktop Support Technician in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working with people that enjoyed their work.

    Cons

    Getting laid off after the project ended.

    Advice to Management

    It was a pleasure working with you.


  6. "Was good fun"

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    Former Employee - Busd in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Busd in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good money nice people

    Cons

    Long hours like everwhere elses

    Advice to Management

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  7. "Project Manager"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, knowledgable and hard working.

    Cons

    Senior management is not inovative, or forward rhinking.

    Advice to Management

    Think bigger picture and manage execution better. Look for unique ideas and support rhem.

  8. "Poor Financial Performance is Sr. Management's Problem"

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    Former Contractor - Transition Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Contractor - Transition Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work from home, Autonomy, Varied Project Types, Fast Pace

    Cons

    High pressure, Constant Layoffs, Instability/Uncertainty, Poorly Managed at Senior Level

    Advice to Management

    Stop laying off the people doing the work and start looking at senior management for reasons for poor company performance.


  9. "Great Company to Work for"

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    Current Employee - Principal OCM Consultant in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Principal OCM Consultant in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Brand name and prestige. In 3 months working for IBM, they have invested in my education by over $25,000.00.

    Cons

    IBM is quite a large company and you can get lost in it. Keep a positive attitude and make your Eminence known.

    Advice to Management

    Need to revamp New Employee Orientation. 1 day of orientation for a company this size is not enough.


  10. "Chief Architect"

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    Current Employee - Chief Architect in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Chief Architect in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    By definition, incumbent leads clients and teams in innovative and trans-formative solutions that align the business to opportunities and reduce overall IT spend

    Cons

    Delivery and Executive management often view you as the 'one stop shop' for all issues and problems.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on improved delivery process and skills within delivery.


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