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Updated February 22, 2018
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (13)

    "BEST COMPANY in market"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Hyderabad (India)
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Hyderabad (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The working culture and environment is good here. Freedom to employees and facility of work from home.

    Cons

    Lagging in behind free services to employees.


  2. "Working At IBM"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Job stability and multiple opportunities

    Cons

    None that I know of

  3. Helpful (502)

    "Advisory Engineer in STG, IBM"

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    Current Employee - Advisory Engineer in Hopewell Junction, NY
    Current Employee - Advisory Engineer in Hopewell Junction, NY
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Disclaimer: A lot of what I'm writing below of course depends on the work area and management chain. But I found this to be fairly pervasive policies in IBM in my 9+ years with the company.
    1. IBM's policies and management are very flexible when it comes to working remotely or accommodating various life situations (sick days, doctor visits, etc.). Management is encouraged to measure an employee by their work and impact, and not by hours spent at their office.
    2. Great colleagues! Though unfortunately, many have been leaving due to the instability of IBM's HW development business.
    3. At least in my area, there's a high level of flexibility on which projects should I undertake based on my and my management assessment of business impact.

    Cons

    1. Unfortunately, IBM still uses the "normal distribution" rating system, where at the end of the year each employee is ranked as a top contributor (5%), above average contributor (15%), average contributor (~75%), and bottom contributor (5%). This curve is difficult to apply in the R&D world, where you may have many members of the team working long and hard hours, and end up being "average contributors" at the end of the year, because there just isn't room for all to be top contributors.

    2. The above may not be so disturbing, if only IBM didn't practically cancelled all raises, performance bonuses and incentive for the non top-performers. I've had a consistent "above average" rating in the last 4-5 years, and my raise and performance bonus were ridiculous mere 1.5-2% of my salary. Were I rated "average contributor" I would have gotten NOTHING. So you can imagine that people can go year after year without any raise to their salary.

    From talking to manager friend, this is IBM's way to eliminate the non-top-performers without having to fire them, as part of its direction of reducing US manpower.

    3. Hiring freeze in many areas - again, as part of IBM's attempt to reduce its workforce across North America and Europe we see many jobs move to the India and Far East markets. This is of course upsetting to see local teams shrink and disappear, especially when many great local IBM colleagues and experts begin to drop out. From my experience thus far working with India SW teams - they are still very far away from the standards I would have expected from US and Europe based teams.

    4. Poor top down communication about company's and divisions' future. Employees learn from rumors and news websites what's about to come...

    Advice to Management

    Management must keep in mind that it today's world, which is saturated with brilliant companies that hire top talent, IBM must remain competitive to attract great talent and hold on to it. In the meanwhile, we're seeing the opposite trend, where great people leave IBM for other companies, be it because of a more competitive package, dropping morale and many other reasons.

    IBM Response

    Feb 12, 2016 – VP Human Resources

    Thanks for sharing your experience, and we're glad that you've had a positive experience working with talented colleagues and taking advantage of IBM's programs. IBM is in the midst of a major... More


  4. "Best Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Smart people, Exciting, ambitious strategy. Global orientation. Industry leading technology in AI, Cloud, Blockchain, & Quantum Computing

    Cons

    IBM can consume you with many activities

    Advice to Management

    Step up efforts to communicate and demonstrate action to deliver on promises


  5. "Support consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, great pay, all around good place to work.

    Cons

    They do have a lot of layoffs


  6. "Research Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great pay and working remotely with other individuals

    Cons

    Slow projects if they are in development and R&D. Very great quality


  7. "New Employees get the BIG Welcome"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Innovative, Welcoming, Flexible Work Schedule, Extensive Benefits, Embracing Culture, Extensive Online Communities, Employee Internets, Softskill Training, IBM Badges, Remote Employees, High focus on culture/values.

    Cons

    Big, you won't know the entire business. Distributed workforce limits face to face interaction. Lots of process/procedures. Challenging to navigate all the information provided as an employee.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate and trust that your employees can handle the message.

  8. "Systems Administrator"

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Essex Junction, VT
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Essex Junction, VT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM is a great place to start a career. Good benefits as well as work-life balance.

    Cons

    Don't stay too long. I didn't see much of an opportunity for professional development or upward mobility. In 18 years I saw very few people who were able to move up in the organization beyond a band level. . Training budgets were always minimal. There was also an ever-present threat of being laid off .

    Advice to Management

    Value the employees that you have. There were so many smart and talented people that I worked with over the years. Most of them were jaded and felt under-appreciated. Many have been laid off.


  9. "Customer Retention"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As one of the most reputed IT companies and the one of the oldest.

    Cons

    As a mainframe supplier and mainly focusing on the corporate sector need much business development plans

    Advice to Management

    Increase Business development plans and budget


  10. "application"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    good pay long leaves flexibilty

    Cons

    beneft 401k leaves work pressure

    Advice to Management

    salary benefits 401k perks trust


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