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IBM Project Manager Reviews

Updated December 17, 2018
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  • "Bad work life balance in the company" (in 1076 reviews)

  • "Hard to get promoted with low salary" (in 511 reviews)

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  1. "Not your grandfather's IBM anymore"

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    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are all smart and dedicated, a million opportunities to grow if you know how to look, excellent work-life balance, diversity

    Cons

    Easy to get lost in the size, takes a long time for decisions


  2. "A good mix of employees and contractors"

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    Former Contractor - Senior Technical Project Manager
    Former Contractor - Senior Technical Project Manager

    I worked at IBM as a contractor

    Pros

    Remote work acceptable, and direct management is fine

    Cons

    Some of the employees have an "attitude" about contractors and it is very disruptive to overall progress

    Advice to Management

    Be more flexible with contractors and consider them a valuable part of the team not a necessary evil.

  3. "Opportunities if you know where to look"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Extensive Technical training available
    Transparent, collaborative management

    Cons

    Provide a better sense of direction to acquired companies who are not in tune with IBM structure

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate ineffective managers / groups not contributing to the greater IBM


  4. "Great place to work, excellent opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in East Lansing, MI
    Former Employee - Project Manager in East Lansing, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, work from home 2 days a week

    Cons

    Worked late hours, traveled part time.

    Advice to Management

    Make environment more pisitive


  5. "Senior Management Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some technically talented people. Lots of offering. Great history

    Cons

    No growth. Not service minded. Go to market strategies are not applied in practice. Fragmented. Watson is a buzz word.

    Advice to Management

    Need to be client centric, service minded and growth focused.


  6. "Technical Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM has a lot of the pros of a big company. Good benefits, flexible working times and lots of great employees to work with. There are lots of opportunities to move around and grow your career in IBM as well!

    Cons

    The primary con was the long working hours. It was up to you how to manage them, but be aware of that going in. Also, now at IBM is their relatively new policy on layoffs, where all employees regardless of seniority get only one month's severance when the benefit for severance used to be much better for experienced employees.


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    "Employees are Just a Name on a List"

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

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

    Pros

    Peers and immediate team members were fantastic people.

    Cons

    Threat of layoff every quarter. Only care about the bottom line, not retaining customers.

    Advice to Management

    To C-Suite management: Mass quarterly layoffs, which result in less people to do the same amount of work, causes burnout and customer dissat. If you keep your people happy, you'll be able to keep your customers happy and grow your business. You're throwing away excellent resources just to save a buck.

  8. "Good experience"

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    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Dubuque, IA
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Dubuque, IA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You can get good experience

    Cons

    Turnover is bad. CEO treats everyone as numbers on paper.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Information Technology jobs"

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

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

    Pros

    I can't think of any pros since this company has declined ever since they went away from their company values...

    Cons

    everything.... long hours, doing the work of many due to resource actions, decreased benefits, decreased raises, etc.

    Advice to Management

    go back to the basics and treat your employees with the "respect" and reward them as they deserve!


  10. "Keep Learning and Moving to Stay Employed"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    So many opportunities for learning, and working with awesome people.

    Cons

    Continual threat of layoffs created a culture of demoralized employees.