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Updated April 25, 2017
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  1. Helpful (10)

    "Not a compnay to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pro use to be you could work from home and balance your life and work, that has since gone away

    Cons

    If you are based in the USA, you will be a short term employee as the jobs are being sent over seas. 20 straight quarters of declining revenues. The only person that gets a bonus or pay increase is the CEO

    Advice to Management

    Stop shipping jobs overseas, stop the co-location and stop rewarding people for twenty straight quarters of declining revenue


  2. "IBM is destroyed"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Burlington, VT
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Burlington, VT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A few good people left.

    Cons

    Useless management, hardly anyone left that actually can do anything. No direction, all fake projects and marketing.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house on the entire 8 levels of management.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "If offered a job, don't accept! There are MUCH better companies out there"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Sales Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Technical Sales Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1.) Great coworkers who are always willing to help.
    2.) Benefits are just OK.
    3.) Not much else. . .

    Cons

    1.) 20+ quarters w/o a profit
    2.) Layoffs (or RA's, as they are called internally) are the norm. They happened every year I was there. No rhyme or reason for who is selected. They must reduce head count. Expect this every 1Q. Performance terminations occur in 3Q. Every year like clockwork.
    3.) Loads of red tape internally. Good luck getting your work done.
    4.) Expect new territories every half. Management likes to mix it up and the customers do not take you seriously as they know they will have new reps. in 6 months.
    5.) Products are tough sells. Customers see old outdated products (*cough* Lotus Notes *cough*) from an out-of-touch company. With so many RA's, product management unable to deliver promised features on time. Cuts are too deep. But hey! Ginni got her bonus!
    6). Check out the Watching IBM Facebook page for others that have been RA or quit because of co-location.

    Advice to Management

    Quit moving your sales representatives accounts every half. You make their job harder and clients do not take them seriously.

    Stop giving Ginni her bonus until she stops cutting good people. Cuts are deep and products and sales are effected. She needs to be held accountable for the lack of company profits.


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  5. "CIO organization and technical slaes"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Program Manager in Somers, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Program Manager in Somers, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Global teaming, remote-home office and process engineering

    Cons

    Organizationally unwieldy, lack of management accountability & management self serving protectiveness at the expense of the organization, employees and morale. Too much high level reshaping-restructuring for "new strategy-big idea" of the moment without comprehensive and long term impact assessment on all impact business aspects. Too much "cooking the books" instead of investing in technology and talent,

    Advice to Management

    Current path makes IBM an accounting exercise with short term longevity. Long term corporate profitability is based on real and tangible business cases and not achieved via employee lay offs, outsourcing, accounting "shell games", deflating morale and buying back stock shares....its just a question of time before those options are played out and nothing is left because nothing is being developed for the future.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Sad state of affairs"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Senior Specialist in Boca Raton, FL
    Current Employee - IT Senior Specialist in Boca Raton, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work from home
    Long time, hard working co-workers

    Cons

    Reduction in benefits
    No raises
    Expected to be on call 27x7x365 with no compensation
    Resource Actions are constant. Demoralizing
    Directionless management
    Our group has been re-organized so many times we don't know what to call ourselves
    One month severance, even after 25+ yrs service

    Advice to Management

    Financial engineering will only get you so far. Mistreatment of employees will last forever.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Your Job will be Moved....Eventually."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Champion In Tech Support in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Product Champion In Tech Support in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The customers do appreciate the extra effort you put into helping them. Some of my customers and colleagues have turned into lifelong friends.

    Cons

    Myself and several other US located colleagues on our team got their jobs moved to either Ottawa, Canada or Eastern Europe. This was done to save IBM even more money, not due to lack of profitability in our department. One Third of IBM employees are in India or Bangladesh. This isn't an accident.

    Advice to Management

    IBM will have 20 straight quarters of decreasing revenue. Instead of cutting costs, how about selling more? You have bought enough companies and patents to cross sell for decades. What seems to be the problem?


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Think... but it's property of IBM"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Yorktown Heights, NY
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Yorktown Heights, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Higher pay than academia and a stable job. Interesting projects with external collaborators and clients.

    Cons

    The company is hierarchically managed, in an old-fashioned way. My working conditions depend just on my direct manager and research group.

    Unfortunately, I got an incompetent manager that totally lacks emotional intelligence. Believe me, I have never seen a toxic manager like this. Constantly blaming people while stealing their ideas. Trying to micro-manage people by placing arbitrary deadlines. The group is mostly a bunch of unmotivated people taking no initiative. Teamwork... whaaat?

    Coworkers are nice people but lack technical skills, apart from a couple of exceptions. This is due to hiring people solely based on academic recommendation.

    And, last but not least, everything you think belongs to IBM!

    Advice to Management

    There's a latin proverb saying «piscis primum a capite foetet». Replace old toxic managers with young talented researchers.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Time to run away from IBM"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Global Marketing Program Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Global Marketing Program Manager in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are no longer any 'Pros' to working at IBM. The company continues to loose customers and market share, the endless cycle of budget cuts, layoffs and increased expectations as eroded the last shreds of decency from the company. People are looking to either get out or protect themselves from the next layoff and seasoned professionals are being let go and replaced with young inexperienced people at 1/2 the salary.

    Cons

    To many to list. The pressure is unrelenting, no one in marketing does any actual marketing they simply take numbers and information, drop them into powerpoint decks or incredibly myopic 'funnel charts' and 'spin the numbers'. Good, decent, seasoned professionals that have spend years trying to right the ship are being let go and replaced by inexperienced college grads and yet management wants to know why the numbers are off, why the pipeline isn't healthier. Marketing is told to sell and promote solutions that do not actually exist and if they do, don't work. The company is all about 'cloud solutions' but the cloud solutions suffer from poor architecture and constant outages.

    Advice to Management

    Fire Ginny, stop the bleeding, listen to your employees.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Only if you can't find work elsewhere"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you get one, the pay rises and bonuses are so small for the lower ranks that there is no reason (other than pride and the fear of the endless redundancies) to go above and beyond. This can be a pro however, as once you have reached the point where you no longer care if you get made redundant (even with the legal minimum redundancy payment now being standard for IBM) and have realised that it's not always the bottom of the pile that are targeted for redundancy so working hard won't necessarily save you, then you are free to be mediocre at work and have a great stress free home life. Also, eventually all the goings on become so ludicrous that it's actually quite entertaining once you learn to laugh at it all. So if the above sounds good and you can accept the fact your starting salary will be similar to your end salary when you leave, you could fit in quite well.

    Cons

    It can get a bit depressing reading about Ginni's bonus going up and up and up as IBM's revenue goes down and down and down (just like the lower ranks pay rises, bonuses and perks). However, it inspires further mediocrity in the lower ranks so it's not all bad.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to lower management: Protect your staff from the bad stuff as a priority if you aren't already.

    Advice to higher management: You may as well carry on as you are, it's a bit too late to change anything.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Account Executive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The IBM "brand" is still one of the most recognized brands in the world. Employees don't have to explain what the company does.

    Cons

    There is a complete disconnect between executive leadership and employees who work with customers every day. There are massive resource actions taking place at the end of every quarter based on sales performance - regardless of how these changes are impacting customers. There is very little research and development investment being made in legacy software solutions, instead IBM is putting all their eggs in the Watson (cognitive) basket. Product names are changing all the time but there's been very few capabilities added. The IBM Cloud is not a market leader by any sense of the imagination.

    Advice to Management

    Write off the Softlayer acquisition and get out of the cloud business. Partner with Amazon, much the same way you recently partnered with Salesforce.com


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