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IBM Program Manager Reviews

Updated April 19, 2017
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  1. "Program Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Global, top of the industry, research-driven

    Cons

    Sometimes hard to navigate; layoffs are common


  2. "Platform for Opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM offers many opportunities for varied job roles
    Agility - the ability to shift into different job roles is valued
    Ample opportunity to grow skills
    Excellent compensation/benefits package

    Cons

    Ongoing transformation raises uncertainty about the future
    Annual resource actions result in an ever-present "weight" that may stifle creativity, risk-taking

    Advice to Management

    Build on the feedback platform and culture that has recently been reinvigorated


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Program Director, Software Development"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager, Software Development in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Program Manager, Software Development in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility in where you and what you work on for the most part
    Very good benefits, the 401K is excellent, the salary can be good for high performers
    Finally got rid of their stacked-ranking method for employee evaluations
    Investing in AI/Cognitive, Cloud, IoT, Security, trying to be a competitive enterprise cloud company - lots of cool technology being developed
    Most people at IBM are very nice, smart, hard working and creative people
    A well run company for the most part for its size
    Most managers and execs are very good leaders and people
    High performers treated very well and have lots of opportunity for advancement
    The work can be extremely interesting and challenging
    Hiring more outside executives to fill many leadership roles -- this is good

    Cons

    Annual budget cuts and layoffs create a lot of fear, no one is safe
    Finance seems to be making all the decisions
    A big company with a lot of typical big company problems; red-blue tape, budget constrained, slow and out of date processes, slow everything
    Struggling to grow revenue and modernize their culture, leadership, and business practices
    Too much focus on pleasing Wall Street instead of pleasing customers and employees

    Advice to Management

    Improving but not fast enough.
    Need a massive culture and leadership facelift -- yesterday's values, principals, practices are holding you back.
    Need to focus on creating a culture and environment that is much more agile, responsive, and build trust to grow your talent! You are not going to be able to hire your way to success, you need to create a sustaining environment for success for everyone, not just shareholders and execs.
    Be honest with yourself


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "IBM - in the midst of change"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great technology, senior management makes some good strategic decisions (i.e. Watson, cloud). A leader in many industry segments. If you are under 40, this is a welcoming place.

    Cons

    Layoffs, cost cutting, and job churn feed a risk-adverse culture.


  6. "CIO organization and technical slaes"

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    Former Employee - Executive Program Manager in Somers, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Program Manager in Somers, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Global teaming, remote-home office and process engineering

    Cons

    Organizationally unwieldy, lack of management accountability & management self serving protectiveness at the expense of the organization, employees and morale. Too much high level reshaping-restructuring for "new strategy-big idea" of the moment without comprehensive and long term impact assessment on all impact business aspects. Too much "cooking the books" instead of investing in technology and talent,

    Advice to Management

    Current path makes IBM an accounting exercise with short term longevity. Long term corporate profitability is based on real and tangible business cases and not achieved via employee lay offs, outsourcing, accounting "shell games", deflating morale and buying back stock shares....its just a question of time before those options are played out and nothing is left because nothing is being developed for the future.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Time to run away from IBM"

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    Former Employee - Global Marketing Program Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Global Marketing Program Manager in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are no longer any 'Pros' to working at IBM. The company continues to loose customers and market share, the endless cycle of budget cuts, layoffs and increased expectations as eroded the last shreds of decency from the company. People are looking to either get out or protect themselves from the next layoff and seasoned professionals are being let go and replaced with young inexperienced people at 1/2 the salary.

    Cons

    To many to list. The pressure is unrelenting, no one in marketing does any actual marketing they simply take numbers and information, drop them into powerpoint decks or incredibly myopic 'funnel charts' and 'spin the numbers'. Good, decent, seasoned professionals that have spend years trying to right the ship are being let go and replaced by inexperienced college grads and yet management wants to know why the numbers are off, why the pipeline isn't healthier. Marketing is told to sell and promote solutions that do not actually exist and if they do, don't work. The company is all about 'cloud solutions' but the cloud solutions suffer from poor architecture and constant outages.

    Advice to Management

    Fire Ginny, stop the bleeding, listen to your employees.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Veteran friendly, encourages community service"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Columbia, MO
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Columbia, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As a veteran of the US military, I've always appreciated that IBM recognizes the unique value, skills, and experience each individual brings to the company. Our leadership supports hiring veterans and encourages veterans working for the company to share their thoughts and help others with military career transitions.

    Additionally, I appreciate the company focus on corporate citizenship. As an individual IBM, I've found volunteer opportunities in my community and logged time I committed to nonprofit organizations I've served. I received an IBM community grant for one organization for the time I volunteered. Also, I was accepted into the Corporate Service Corps and spent a month as a corporate volunteer, consulting with an organization in Vietnam.

    Cons

    IBM is a large, global company. If you're considering employment and have worked for a small company or organization, it may take time to understand the many divisions and organizations within IBM.


  9. "28 Years and counting"

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM is a great place to work, to grow, to learn and even to reinvent yourself.
    IBM has many resources to help employees achieve their goals.
    IBM is a company built on values
    IBM employees are very talented
    IBM values corporate citizenship in areas of education, environment, health, community, development of less privileged communities and countries

    Cons

    With 28 years with IBM I have seen changes to IBM and to the industry. When I was looking for a job out of college there were many companies that talked about "Full Employment" - this is a concept from the past where no one ever got laid off. You could get fired based on performance, but not laid off because your job went away or it went to another part of the world.

    Advice to Management

    Help employees better use and leverage the many resources for education and work life balance resources. Even the many discounts available to IBM employees.


  10. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    work from home .flexible work schedule .

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Listen to Employees


  11. "Executive Program Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Program Manager in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Program Manager in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The ability to be exposed to innovative technology and meaningful projects

    Cons

    Such a large company no longer feel as appreciated for efforts, am simply a number or cog in wheel.