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  1. "Financial Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Operations Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    co-workers were great; work/life balance was good; work from home; excellent benefits

    Cons

    expected to work 15+ hours a day during end of year, managers played favorites

    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone fairly and don't expect someone to do another person's job without explaining what you want done and show how to do it


  2. "Presales"

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    Current Employee - Senior Presales Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Presales Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pretty good place to work when part of a growth area

    Cons

    Aside from marketing hype, many offerings are lagging
    Flavor of the month sales management style
    Not easy for customer to do business with

    Advice to Management

    Define a strategy / vision and stick to it for more than a quarter

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Challenging Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Still some flexibility, depending on your manager, a CEO who represents the company well. IBM values ethical behavior. I have never felt the victim of any kind of discrimination and they are always forward-thinking in terms of doing the right thing.

    Cons

    Constant layoffs, poor compensation, and no employee education makes this a challenging place to work, these days. Additionally, they are forcing many remote employees to relocate and work in an office.

    Advice to Management

    Update your non-sales policies and invest in educating the workforce.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "A rough patch in a storied company."

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    Current Employee - Technical Sales Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Technical Sales Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, amazing commitment to research. Trying to be relevant in an ever changing industry. Benefits are pretty good. That's about all I can say that is good.

    Cons

    Constant org changes, no time to see if they have made any difference. No commitment to the employees that have been so loyal to the company over the years.

    Advice to Management

    Give your origination changes a chance to work before changing again.


  5. "A Review of the IBM Enterprise"

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    Former Employee - Client Executive in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Client Executive in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM is the most innovative company on the planet. You are surrounded by brilliant people and resources. Anything can be accomplished due to what seems like unlimited capabilities and potential. For the best opportunity, you must work in a Strategic Growth Unit, (Watson, Analytics, SW, Cloud, Security)

    Cons

    Unfortunately, IBM is going through another (and continuous) transformation. They are moving from a $100 Billion IT Product and Services Company to a much smaller higher value company focusing on Enterprise Innovation. There is much people damage left in the wake. They operate with a "king has no clothes" and bully mentality. Lot's of "yes" men in the management change and very few with the guts to "do what is right" for its people and clients. From this perspective, IBM is broken.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to what made IBM Great 1) Customer Satisfaction, 2) Product Excellence 3) Respect for the Individual. When you have motivated and loyal employees, you will return to greatness. Otherwise, you will continue to struggle. It might be too late. Although your vision is sound, your execution is very poor.


  6. "Associate Partner"

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    Current Employee - Associate Partner in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Associate Partner in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Brand, we are in every deal.

    Cons

    Constant reorganization, target accounts, go to market is in constant flux.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a strategy, value your experienced senior people.


  7. "PM"

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    Current Employee - Lead Program Manager in Jefferson Hills, PA
    Current Employee - Lead Program Manager in Jefferson Hills, PA
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Working with very smart people and decent flexibility (although some of the flexibility seems to be going away)

    Cons

    too big of a company (too many layers) and some areas is mostly older male people. salaries are average

    Advice to Management

    to create more opportunities for the younger employees and increase retention

  8. "Distinguished engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Outstanding management and lots of opportunities learn continuously

    Cons

    travel policies are little stringent

    Advice to Management

    take care of your employees who keeps traveling on business most of the time


  9. "Data Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Data Specialist in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Data Specialist in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The training provided was good.
    Direct interaction with the client
    Relaxed work timings

    Cons

    It depends on the account and verticle


  10. Helpful (1)

    "IBM Program / Project Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits
    Work life balanace
    Working remotely

    Cons

    Constantly threat of layoffs
    Offshoring as many jobs as possible
    No promotions
    No raises or bonuses

    Advice to Management

    Keep jobs in the USA


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