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IBM Portsmouth Reviews

Updated June 7, 2017
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Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Bid Support - Complex Pricing Specialist in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Bid Support - Complex Pricing Specialist in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Get flexibility to work from home. High salary, great benefits, terrific management.

    Cons

    Cutting in expenses making travelling difficult even when required. Not always easy to progress up the bands, depends on your manager.

    Advice to Management

    Stop cutting travel expenses.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "A Money Making Machine for the Privileged Few"

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    Former Employee - IT Architect in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - IT Architect in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Interesting projects.
    - Flexible working (although that's now being eroded to provide even lower cost layoffs).

    Cons

    - Multiple layoffs every few months (aimed primarily at older workers).
    - Pay below industry par.
    - Morale at rock bottom - all stick and no carrot - staff motivated by fear.
    - The slightest whiff of dissent and you're targeted for redundancy.
    - Abysmal redundancy terms (statutory legal requirement in UK and worse for US staff)
    - First line managers have zero authority and most are "upward facing".

    Advice to Management

    Put your staff and clients first (rather than creating meaningless "client first" programs etc.) and the stock price will look after itself.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Test Manager"

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    Former Employee - Test Manager in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Test Manager in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    variation of clients / good project workforce ,

    Cons

    Treated like a utilisation figure.

    Advice to Management

    need to re engage with work force.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Don't work here"

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Not too far from where I lived
    The brand name looks good on the CV.

    Cons

    They seem hell bent on screwing over their workforce, and this is totally counter to the culture that William Watson had set up.

    Kettles were forbidden; that way the outsourced canteen is the only means of hot water, which has to be paid for. If they can't even provide something like this, how can you seriously think they will provide other benefits?

    A lot of people that I knew in Finance & Accounting had gone to job interviews, and it was remarked "To start with, we will not pay you so much. This is because we are a blue-chip company, and we have to be sure that you reach our standards. We will review the situation after six months, however." Those people who raised this after six months were told "Either you continue to work for the only large blue chip company in Portsmouth, or you can leave." It was like an in-house joke that any staff who then transferred to a London location would usually have been tapped up by other employers within 6 to 12 months. This is what happened to me. It became apparent that if I remained in Portsmouth with them, I would be marooned. Goodbye, and good riddance.

    The irony is that with regard to technology, the weird and wonderful bespoke systems in use are not used by other companies, so the specific system skills you pick up are generally non-transferable.

    I found it very cliquey. There were people doing a damn good job, but they would not get recognition. Yet those who were in the clique weren't just employees, they had super-human powers, according to the internal communication. None of their leviathan efforts translated into any tangible changes in the workplace, though.

    At the start of the year, you'll get a load of bullish American hyperbole about how some sectors are experiencing double-digit growth. Paradoxically, this "explains" why there are subsequently pay freezes, hiring freezes, travel expense freezes etc. It is like something from George Orwell's "1984"

    If you do work here, you have to enter with a clear idea of what you want to achieve here, and an exit strategy. I just think that the time could be better spent in a less hostile organisation.

    Advice to Management

    It beggars belief how arrogant and inward-looking these people are. IBM is not "too big to fail". Please treat your staff better. Good people skills are bereft in most managers, which sends out a certain message about what sort of people get promoted.

    Although IBM prides itself on a non-discriminatory basis, their Senior Management Team is made up of Ivy League alumni. It explains a lot with regard to their top-down management style, and the dismissing of those that are not American. .


  5. "Global Services - Account Manager"

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)

    I worked at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Some of the smart people that work at IBM. IBM have a solution for almost all potential client requirements.Great training(in particular IBM Sales School). Flexible working.

    Cons

    Large sections of IBM are way behind the times. It is a oil tanker that struggles to adjust quickly when the market can require fast adjustment. Very poor pay (when compared to the market). The benefits of working in many parts IBM have gone when compared to 20 years ago. If you manage to get on the Graduate program - then stay for 3-4 years, learn then leave.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Choppy Waters"

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    Current Employee - IT Support Technician in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Support Technician in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    A worldwide known brand. Large company with many opportunities. Opportunities to travel across the UK and Internationally. Excellent programs for graduates. Good work life balance and flexible working is possible in certain roles.

    Cons

    Corporately re-structuring taking place. Choppy waters for existing employers. New employees will be "new employees" for only a few years. Poor bonus and salary strategy. Punitive rating system. Aggressive off-shoring of key functions to cheap, eastern European countries.

    Advice to Management

    Look after your staff and they will look after your customers and be loyal to company.


  7. "Working at IBM UK"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources RECRUITMENT MANAGER in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Human Resources RECRUITMENT MANAGER in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Opportunities exist throughout the company, especially for self-starters and motivated people. Great benefits package and pioneering people policies. Employees increasingly engaged in policy making and open discussion. Fantastic and ever-changing set of products, services and big investment in exciting R&D.

    Cons

    Easy to get lost in the system given the size of the company, and can be difficult to stand out from the crowd. Rewards seem to be distributed to limited number of people.

    Advice to Management

    Constantly drive employee engagement


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Poor company to work for"

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They pay saleries on time

    Cons

    low pay, no rises, no bonuses, decimated ranks of employees (except for senior management), clueless senior management
    Company seems to lurch from one fad to another,buying companies and closing them when no longer fashionable.

    Advice to Management

    The best companies have the best employees. You get the best employees by rewarding them - not by shafting them and rewarding their managers!


  9. "Looks Good On Your CV but Not A Pleasant Place to Work"

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    Former Contractor - Sales Specialist in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Sales Specialist in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    -Looks good on CV
    -Respected sales training
    -Salary OKish

    Cons

    -Horrible be-seen-to-be-last-to-leave-the-office culture
    -Quarterly job insecurity
    -Some good managers and good people, but utterly horrible people in the most senior management positions that nothing sticks to, while lesser mortals (contractors) have quarterly job insecurity
    -The worst of US office culture brought to the UK
    -Good people with years of company service "managed out" to cut costs

    Advice to Management

    Quit


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Heading downwards and this getting faster"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working (wihin the long hours), co-workers mostly good, some benefits are not bad. Can be a variety of roles if you push to take them.

    Cons

    Leadership, direction, and even local management is generally appalling. Process and admin way way over tthe top. Treated like naughty children. No prospects without tons of paperword. Impossibld targets and hours for zero recognition especially pay. No pay rise of any meaningful nature for over a decade. Steer clear unless you need a job and its local to you!

    Advice to Management

    Quit and hire your replacements from OUTSIDE IBM. Stop messing with share buybacks as the shares are doomed anyway when the major investors realise what is going on (ie very little that makes money). Stop lining yournown andnhe share holders pockets and give the employees a big pay rise. Forgo any profits for at least he next 2 years and use the to invest in employees and fixing issues.


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