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Updated October 21, 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 916 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Being an IBMer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM full-time

    Pros

    IBM is the most user friendly company

    Cons

    There is no such things with IBM


  2. "Casual, people are motivated to succeed, most people are easy going and open to communication."

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    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are lots of career opportunities here at this company as well as lots of different products to work on.

    Cons

    As for a negative thing, I would say that in my opinion some of the processes are redundant and hinder productivity here.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better with non- management employees.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "IBM - overall a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The broad reach of the corporation allows for a lot of opportunities to grow your career without leaving the corporation. There is generally a large emphasis put on pay for performance and recognizing top talent which has been true since I've been employed at IBM. There are a lot of opportunities for working with new and exciting technologies, as well as opportunities to expand in to non-technical roles. Software group in particular is an area of growth within IBM so there is a strong sense of security in the software division for future employment. The benefits are good, the pay is great, and it's a secure place to work in an insecure economic environment.

    Cons

    The overall size of the company can sometimes be daunting in terms of determining where you fit in and how you contribute to the overall bottom line. Bonuses are a percentage of your salary and are tied to metrics relating to the overall performance of the company as well as the division to which you report - these metrics are not exactly clear to all employees and often lead to a lot of confusion. Due to the size of the company, there also tends to be a heavy emphasis on process with much of the process feeling it's in place simply for the sake of process and not for any particularly meaningful purpose.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the amount of process and more accurately describe the metrics used in determining company/division performance to employees.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "IBM is a great place to work, but make sure and watch your back."

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible time to work. You can work from home or work various hrs. Just need to get the job done. Some people have had negative experiences, but I think that's more related to who your first line manager is.

    Cons

    It's not like the old IBM where they valued you more than the bottom line, but I think that is how things are these day. I have known many good people that have been let go due to global resourcing. Keep your skills tuned.

    Advice to Management

    1st line mgrs have a huge impact on how workers feel about the company. Pick good first line manager. Read the employee pulse survey.


  5. "Flexible opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    lots of different jobs and opportunities
    flexible work options

    Cons

    working remotely--it's hard to make friends

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  6. Helpful (1)

    "IBM is a great place to start and learn"

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    Current Employee - IT Architect in New York, NY
    Current Employee - IT Architect in New York, NY
    Recommends

    Pros

    Incredible amount of intellectual capital available. Lots of resources available for learning various technologies. Great diversity council.

    Cons

    Big company where you can get overlooked if you do not manage your career

    Advice to Management

    It's all about taking care of your employees


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Why you should work at IBM"

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    Current Employee - Program Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Program Director in San Francisco, CA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Worldwide playing field, freedom to pursue business opportunities, flexible work location (incl work from home), very diverse work place, opportunities for advancement irregardless of race, sex or sexual orientation, straight-forward management communications, competitive and merit-based environment.

    Also management highly encourages to constantly challenge yourself, find new opportunities with IBM, change jobs and don’t grow stale in any one position. It’s possible to have multiple careers in Engineering, Marketing, Services or any other professional field without ever having to leave the company, thus keeping your seniority, professional network, work environment and benefits while pursuing your changing interests.

    IBM is large enough to provide lots of opportunities for everybody, while staying flexible enough to adapt to changing markets (and in fact often initiating and leading those changes).

    Cons

    The (often necessary) bureaucracy of a large company can be annoying – but also fun to find work-arounds. Lotus Notes is certainly a big inhibitor. Other then that it’s a lot of fun …

    Advice to Management

    Keep the company flexible ...

  8. "an old blue guy says it is a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consulting Program Manager in Cedar Hill, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Consulting Program Manager in Cedar Hill, MO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Unlimited opportunity to find productive work and be amply rewarded for it. IN addition, the quality of the people I work with is amazing. I have rarely had issues with my peers.

    Cons

    keeping up with all IBM does. This company is so big and involved in so many things, I often cant get my head around all of it....this is an execellent example of "good news and bad news, good news is you have LOTs of stuff to sell, bad news is you have LOTS of stuff to sell.

    Advice to Management

    One issue I think senior management needs to do is reduce the number of priorities given to employees. With 25 strategic priorities, there are no priorities...but then refer to the downsides comment I made.


  9. "A dynamic, ever changing and exciting place to work."

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    Current Employee - Client Representative in Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Client Representative in Hartford, CT
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    flexible, good pay, dynamic, many job choices within the company. Very large customer base, so there is room for all types of skills and abilities. You can work your way up from lower positions. IBM also uses merit pay system and monitors performance, so you should always know how you 'stack up'.

    Cons

    constant change (is good and bad)

    Advice to Management

    more profit sharing for the top contributors.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "30 years as an IBM Wild Duck"

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    Current Employee - Lotus Software Sales in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Lotus Software Sales in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Incredibly smart people, with incredible research, and the opportunity to have many different jobs at one company with good pay and personal growth. But also there's the opportunity for world wide experiences to be applied locally. There's a level of professionalism and business acumen that is difficult to get anywhere else. IBM's size provides for a diversity of environments from people to technology to geography along with financial strength and forward vision to truly make a difference in the world. That's a pretty compelling environment to have the opportunity to work in. What one does with it is driven by each individual though. I have as much energy and excited about the future now at IBM as when I started in 1977.

    Cons

    As with any large company or groups of people there's the challenge of reaching concensus and coordination. The other is there are a lot of people that are interested only in themselves and that can be frustrating when trying to do things that benefit the whole versus one person / group.

    Advice to Management

    Re-introduce the Wild Duck posters and message and such to educate the newer employees on the rich heritage of IBM and update key themes..... the Wild Duck that Tom Watson famously promoted is missing in today's vernacular and should be brought back to the forefront for the Digital Native employees entering the workforce.


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