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Updated June 25, 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 850 reviews)

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  1. "Employer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Senior Operations Analyst in Armonk, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Operations Analyst in Armonk, NY

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, No Tension, No Salary Hike

    Cons

    No Salary hike, No Promotion, SAD

    Advice to Management

    Behave with Employees.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Downward spiral continues"

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

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers and some neat technology.

    Cons

    Three performance appraisal systems in as many years.

    Advice to Management

    Give up on utilization, spend more on training, reduce our overhead, and start paying the market rate.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great Expierence but Limited Culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Experience, Database Tools, Reporting, Analysis

    Cons

    Culture, Lack in Leadership, Career Pathing

    Advice to Management

    Focus on mentorship and developing future IBMer's so they don't leave in 2 years.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Enjoy culture more than actual job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Specialist in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Digital Specialist in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of the people are great. You learn a lot very quickly because there isn't too much training. Very flexible schedule which is fantastic.

    Cons

    Not as much structure as I was used to. Felt like my job was unnecessary at times and had to find/make my own work and carve out my own role. Not a lot of room for growth. Morale is pretty low right now in marketing because of executive decision to co-locate. We're losing a lot of good talent to competitors. It's extremely difficult to get things done or be innovative at a company this size. Bonuses have been terrible.

    Advice to Management

    Better training, need to be able grow and get compensated fairly.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Advisaty Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Advisaty Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good work , research oriented projects

    Cons

    work location and projects change often


  6. "Laid back most of the time"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    + Flexible work environment
    + Good engaging projects
    + Room for growth

    Cons

    - Unfair deadlines at times


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Program Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Security Program Manager in Southfield, MI
    Former Employee - Security Program Manager in Southfield, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Remote Office location for higher talent US employees

    Cons

    Little value in talent of US employees, not customer oriented - bottom line cost focused eliminating customer satisfaction

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Improvement needed"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Success Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Customer Success Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work with talented people WW to ensure customers receive the best in service and support.

    Cons

    Executive leadership and strategy are lacking.

    Advice to Management

    Make needed changes


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Not the Company It Used to Be"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Pre-Sales Software Architect in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Pre-Sales Software Architect in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Steady job with Salary and Good Benefits. When you have a good year, the bonuses can be very nice, especially working in Sales. You co-workers are really nice people, and pretty smart, too! They have built some great technology over the years, and some of it is still very valuable to customers.

    Cons

    I survived almost a constant threat of layoffs in 2016. I decided that I would not do that again in 2017. IBM is a financial company, it is only in business to make money. If you can improve revenues, cut costs, or innovate with very few resources, you are valuable. If you are here for any other reason, then you will not last long.

    Advice to Management

    Right now, you are a financial company. Your shareholders will not let you be anything else. But the problem is that you have to sell something to customers and make them happy. Right now customers aren't happy, employees aren't happy. For a technology and services company to thrive, you need happy customers and happy employees who buy from you and innovate and transform their businesses through your products. Good technology and services are like drugs. You give a little away, get them addicted, and then they are hooked for a very long time and willing to pay. The world is increasingly run on innovation. You competition is doing it, making less profit per unit, and getting much higher valuations. Here comes the advice: First, simplify. Your processes are too heavy and killing you. Second, sell business units that are not "strategic" to you. Right now, you're just running them into the ground. Third, you need to listen to your customers and make the changes they recommend. Fourth, make the big round of layoffs that you need to really make the numbers, then let your employees recover. Cut 3/4's of the company if you have to, but do it once. Don't have another layoff for another year or two. Support and help the employees you plan to keep, nurture them.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Pass on IBM"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    My salary was higher than the market paid in my area. When telecommuting was allowed, that was a huge perk for me.

    Cons

    Offshoring positions at any cost (including when comparable talent could not be found) might be good for the stock price, but it is tearing the company apart. Ginni told President Trump IBM could not find talent in our country-- what an outright lie.


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