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IBM Project Manager Reviews

Updated November 15, 2017
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  • You have to manage your work life balance or you'll end up doing the work of 2 or more people (in 925 reviews)

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  1. "IBM Great Employer"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work from home office 80% percent of the time allows you to save time and money.

    Cons

    Bonuses are behind other large companies. One of things that would make me give 5 stars!

    Advice to Management

    Increase bonus payout.


  2. "GREAT Parental Leave program"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

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

    Pros

    IBM is expanding its U.S. paid parental leave policy for moms and dads, including adoptive parents.
    Effective [1]November 1, the paid parental leave program for U.S. regular employees doubles from 6 to 12 weeks. This includes fathers, partners, and adoptive parents.
    •For birth moms, this is in addition to the typical 6-8 weeks of paid maternity leave – so you can take up to 20 weeks paid.
    •Because families are built in many ways, IBM will continue the Adoption and Surrogacy Assistance Plan – now increasing to a lifetime reimbursement max of $20,000.

    Cons

    Navigating through some services can be confusing such as ordering mobile phone

    Advice to Management

    Kuddos to IBM for supporting adopting families

  3. "Great big company, but maybe a little TOO big"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary, flexibility, good work-life balance. If you have a good Manager (I did), you have a lot of autonomy.

    Cons

    Benefits while very good are also very pricy. You’d expect much lower premiums than you actually pay.

    If you work from home, there’s a reason it’s called “I’m By Myself”. Desktop support is a last resort when you have an issue. And you literally have a serial number.

    They fill your head with “so many opportunities!”, but the reality is that it’s just as difficult to move around in IBM as it is to get your foot in the door - you have to know someone.

    Advice to Management

    Do away with the review process. It’s antiquated and damaging.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "No loyalty to employees"

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    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Valley Forge, PA
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Valley Forge, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Reasonable salary
    No micro managing
    Diverse workforce

    Cons

    Too many jobs get off shored.
    Prior to off shoring IBM reduced 401k match, and then cut the severance from 2 weeks per year to 1 month regardless of how many years of service.
    Valued long term employees get replaced with much less experienced workers.

    Advice to Management

    Become more loyal to employees.
    Replace Ginny Rometty.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Long term employee"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Access to new technologies and benefits

    Cons

    New up or out management approach is driving good people out. Also going through a thinning out exercise of mid to senior level associates.


  6. "Senior Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Co-Workers, Access to lots of training opportunities

    Cons

    You're not a human, your a bottom line.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your people better and they won't leave.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay, time off and unlimited sick time. Benefits include Employee Stock Purchase plan and 401K matching contributions.

    Cons

    Constant downsizing leaves you in a state of worry and a requirement to move nearer to an IBM office has had negative effects in experienced people leaving the company.

    Advice to Management

    Support workers and do not require relocation to keep your job. Also, don't concentrate on the reducing staffing to make up for stock losses, look for ways to win more business and keep experienced staff.

  8. "employees used for profit"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Ottawa, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Ottawa, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    it does look good on a persons resume.

    Cons

    they would force you to use an AMEX for travel, but not re-imburse you in time so that they could meet their quarterly profiits.

    Its run by bean counters, not business people.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Project Manager"

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

    I worked at IBM (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I can work remotely

    Cons

    Pay cuts, unpaid mandatory furloughs, quarterly layoffs, never enough people to do the work.

    Advice to Management

    You have great people working for you start taking care of them!! Look at upper management to do pay cuts, and layoffs, stop the million dollar bonuses too upper management they are NOT doing a good job running IBM.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Pass on this company"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    None left that I can think of

    Cons

    Mgmt has no value for the work you do. It's all a numbers game.