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Updated January 21, 2018
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  • sometimes work-life balance gets out of order (in 953 reviews)

  • Long hours like everwhere elses (in 451 reviews)

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  1. "Isn't what it used to be"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    IBM is filled with some of the best people ever who truly care about their coworkers and their work and the company.

    Cons

    Lost its way in services. Doesn't value employees in major markets. Invests nothing in education, training. Skills have stagnated if people don't seek out and fund their own educational pursuits. Unable to stay current in the industry since there is no travel, no funding to attend conferences or events.

    Advice to Management

    Start caring about your employees again instead of making them feel like a widget or that IBM is better off without them. Start making your employees feel like they are valued and appreciated again. Any one who has survived after this many rounds of layoffs is good and should feel valued. You make it very clear that you can't get rid of people fast enough.


  2. "Parnter"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Work from home, good people

    Cons

    Cutting costs, not growing. All about cost cutting to make numbers on a quarterly basis.

    Advice to Management

    Get someone who understands technology to lead the company

  3. "IBM"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours. Do provide work life balance

    Cons

    Terrible bonus plan and 401K match. Heavy processes.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Former IBMer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great people/skills. almost unlimited resources technically. outstanding blue chip brand externally.

    Cons

    so focused on quarterly results, driving a never ending transformation that company looses sight of people agenda they espouse to foster. atmosphere of covering your behind which prohibits ability to be creative for fear of retribution

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach


  5. "Healthcare Consultative Seller"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultative Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Consultative Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong brand recognition and some very smart people.

    Cons

    IBM has a very caustic culture. Reorgs every 6 months and focused on short term cost reductions and financial manipulation vs developing a strong culture, being relevant to their clients and prudently investing in solutions.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the market, what the clients need and know who your competition really is before you invest in R&D. This especially applies to Watson Health.


  6. "Declining Revenue"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Smart people who are dedicated to the company and clients

    Cons

    IBM relies on the heroics of its employees to keep the ship afloat. All efforts are focused on cost cutting- no efforts on developing products or services that customers want. C-suite management has to go.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the CEO.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Once the best place to work, but that is no longer true"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Superb customer base
    Diverse job opportunities
    Still has some excellent employees raised in the original culture
    Benefits are better than most

    Cons

    Absolutely no job security, a constant fear that the ax will fall especially if you are over 50. Job security is unrelated to personal performance.
    Quality control has been sacrificed for speed to market, so you are constantly struggling with nasty bugs in the customer environment that should have never been released in the first place.
    There is a complete disconnect between high level management and local management. Employees are cut without discussion with their managers even if they have critical skills necessary for customer commitments.

    Advice to Management

    IBM still has some excellent technology that many customers depend on to run their businesses, but they are also dependent on that technology being stable and supported by people with the correct domain knowledge. The more customers are burned by failures in those areas, the more they will walk away. A customer that has a bad experience with IBM's support of their no longer strategic products will not be sold on new offerings.

    Also... improve the www.ibm.com web sites. You are not going to convince customers to bet their company on the IBM cloud when IBM documentation and support web sites are so often unstable or unavailable.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Leadership void driving talented people to leave"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Employee empowerment, work life balance, average benefits

    Cons

    Constant reorganizations and layoffs destroying morale
    Employee development nonexistent
    Actively replacing experienced employees for younger talent
    Massive offshoring of US staff

    Advice to Management

    Find a leader who can set corporate strategy which values employees


  9. "Poor management (San Jose )"

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    Current Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in San Jose, CA
    Current Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM as an intern

    Pros

    Relaxed and slow work life

    Cons

    No agile development, very boring and slow life. Employees often work from hmoe so poor collaboration.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "ETL"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - ETL in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - ETL in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing people to work with

    Cons

    No longer customer focused.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your people like people. Say what we do do what we say. You say the customer comes first. Start putting the focus back on that.


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