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IBM Product Manager Reviews

Updated April 17, 2019
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  • "At times work life balance gets challenging" (in 1112 reviews)

  • "Low Salary growth in comparison" (in 537 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager
    Former Employee - Product Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to work overall

    Cons

    Can be too busy sometimes


  2. "Great place to learn"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager
    Former Employee - Product Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Big Projects to learn on.

    Cons

    Sometimes tough to move the needle in a big company.

    Advice to Management

    Think about managing business unit rotations with product managers on a two year basis.

  3. "Sorta Good Company to start out at"

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good benefits, decent team, good tech

    Cons

    lots of pressure to sell

    Advice to Management

    get a new CEO - now


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Impression over a 20 year span"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Great people, products, and line managers. Flexible work environment and facilities.

    Cons

    Little to no investment in legacy product line that still generated good revenue.
    Travel policies that did not take the into account the strain on the employee(Flying coach for 20 hours to a customer engagement is bruta especially true if one is over 6 ft tall).
    Bonus plan for employees in a non sales role almost non existent.
    To much customer interaction done via conference call instead of face to face.
    Preach agile but still takes to much time to get new product releases out the door.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management need to worry less about the shareholder and more about the daily business and the employees who get you there.


  5. "Great company, very clever people works here"

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Offering Manager in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Offering Manager in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Team culture and good career advancement

    Cons

    NC locations are old, outdated, uninspiring

    Advice to Management

    Get marketing creative, inspiring spaces that foster teamwork


  6. "Product Manager"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Product Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, kind and helpful employees.
    Worked out of the NYC WeWork office, which has a fun culture.

    Cons

    Horrible bureaucracy and slow processes


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Awful. No leadership, no budget, no opportunity for growth. Run."

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work if you want to just float by doing the bare minimum.

    Cons

    IBM set my career progress back by 3 years. Bonuses are never paid out beyond .1%. It’s not the same company it used to be. Constant fear of layoffs, no opportunities to move into new positions, extremely high turn over, lack of support and resources for objectives you are responsible for.

    Advice to Management

    Put people first not last

  8. "Experience"

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    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing work life balance, lot of learning and well paid

    Cons

    People have right skills but are placed with wrong teams or profile

    Advice to Management

    Put people with right skills in right place


  9. Helpful (1)

    "IBM"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Product Manager in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing worklife balance. Sometimes too much flexibility. A lot of people take phone calls from the car...

    Cons

    Too much flexibility. Also, a little bit too much bloat/ redundancy. I sometimes feel that there's a group holding onto their salary not doing too much.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the bloat, focus on a business outcome and stick with it. Re-organizing a business unit every 3 -6 months is counterintuitive and wasteful.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Good Place to Start and Learn but not a Great Place to Stay Long-Term"

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    Former Employee - Business Strategy/Product Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Business Strategy/Product Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good place to get your start and learn about technology. You will get to understand the dynamics of different business models(i.e. SaaS/PaaS/Hardware/On-Prem Software) and learn about new technologies (i.e. blockchain, AI, Quantum). Option to work from home which lets you avoid the commute.

    Cons

    Compensation is below market; my base pay was comparable to average pay according to Glassdoor but the bonus was basically non-existent. I literally got ~$700 after tax for the bonus! Many underfunded products/projects and long lead times to get things done lead to subpar products that aren't competitive. No ability to retain good talent; see good people who can leave defect to other tech companies (i.e. Google, Microsoft, Salesforce, Startups, etc.) all the time. Lack of opportunity to grow in the company. Since IBM is shrinking, there are almost no attractive opportunities to switch roles and get promoted. IBM is getting it's butt kicked by Google, Amazon, and Microsoft in IaaS/SaaS/PaaS and AI and it is unlikely IBM will be able to reverse this market trend anytime soon. Senior Management is too secure in their positions. IBM has underperformed vs. peers for a decade yet most of the Senior Management team have retained their positions.

    Advice to Management

    IBM has too many mediocre products...better to do a few things well and be a leader in those markets than doing a lot of things that are mediocre. Overall tech talent is poor....if you want to compete with tech companies for talent you need to match compensation and other benefits such as free food.