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IBM Salt Lake City Reviews

Updated September 28, 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. Helpful (1)

    "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay, time off and unlimited sick time. Benefits include Employee Stock Purchase plan and 401K matching contributions.

    Cons

    Constant downsizing leaves you in a state of worry and a requirement to move nearer to an IBM office has had negative effects in experienced people leaving the company.

    Advice to Management

    Support workers and do not require relocation to keep your job. Also, don't concentrate on the reducing staffing to make up for stock losses, look for ways to win more business and keep experienced staff.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Bureaucrats Run Wild"

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    Former Employee - Executive IT Specialist ECM in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Executive IT Specialist ECM in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    IBM is an interesting place to work. There are lots of things to like about the company if you are interested in selling by committee - having 10 plus people, most having different opinions and know very little about the client's needs, on an strategy and tactics conference call. It's the client representative and their manager who holds the quota for the deal. Therefore, it's the client representative and their manager who should be in control the "going forward plan" for the deal... and not a gang of 10 bureaucrats.

    Cons

    There are too many people involved in every deal. In my experience, a meeting to establish strategy and assign tactics would be held and people I didn't know would attend. It got so bad that I ultimately started my con calls asking attendees to state their name and what value they offer to winning the deal. If the person on offered their name and some bogus value I asked them to drop the call. Not unexpectedly, I did not win friends or influence many using this tactic.

    Sales teams (in this case, those responsible for proving the technology and winning the deal) must remain small. It's the sales person, their manager and the systems engineer who must take the lead position. Anyone else who participates in helping should: a) be invited before attending any meeting or con call, b) to execute based on the sales teams objectives and c) get commissions for the work they delivered once the deal closes.

    Advice to Management

    Stream-line your sales process... simplify!

  3. Helpful (3)

    "IBM's THINK motto is gone"

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    Former Employee - Client Solutions Executive in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Client Solutions Executive in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    You can make good money if you work 14 hrs a day and meet your objectives

    Cons

    After 15 years at IBM, just before my 60th birthday and eligible for full retirement benefits, I was part of a 50,000 u.s. employee layoff. I actually had grounds to sue, but who has the means to sue big blue.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to founder Thomas Watson's motto. "THINK", and above all " respect for the individual". I have a friend and former coworker who's been with IBM for 15 years. He's been given a choice to move from California to north Carolina, or be terminated, although ibmers in sales and technical support have been virtual office, working from home for the last 29 years.


  4. "Program Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Riverton, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Riverton, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary is very good compared to marker

    Cons

    Horrible culture...people jumping ship right and left.

    Advice to Management

    Wholesale changes


  5. "Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, good people, training

    Cons

    No employee loyalty,
    No customer loyalty.
    Confused about products and market.
    Need to keep focused on customer and stop changing sales people and product focus.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on the employee and help close a deal ethically and treat the customer with respect. Stop looking at the NOW and look at what employees are building for the future.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Sweat shop"

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    Current Employee - SSR - Support Services Representative in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - SSR - Support Services Representative in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Not a lot of them

    Cons

    High Stress, contant lay-offs, 24X7 on call without compensation

    Advice to Management

    This used to be a great company before Ginni


  7. "Marketing Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Quality and professionalism of fellow employees and the workplace; Benefits package; Customer Base; High standard of product; Positive workplace for women to advance

    Cons

    Poor work life balance; Too many management layers; Lack of flexibility

    Advice to Management

    More loyalty to employees that have made a career at IBM and are still high performers!

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Engineer"

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    Current Employee - CSP in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - CSP in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great People , lots of training in sales, presentation , process.

    Cons

    No road map, Training of product suites is lacking. On boarding is too confusing. First 3 months is overwhelming and your hammered by emails which don't apply to you.

    Advice to Management

    Stop stripping down the companies you acquire. Leave their training in tact. Figure out how your data will integrate between platforms.. Otherwise Have a vision before you wast everyone's time selling something you can't deliver.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Sr. Learning Performance Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Senior Learning Performance Consultant in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Senior Learning Performance Consultant in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than a year)

    Pros

    Independent work, little to no supervision, interesting assignments but no resources. Strong colleagues. Guidelines, guidelines, guidelines.

    Cons

    You and 400,000 of your closest friends!!! Not a place for the faint of heart. Would never recommend IBM to the entry level player.

    Advice to Management

    Open you eyes and ears to what is going on.


  10. "IBM Blue"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flex Schedule, work at home, good pay

    Cons

    Company is moving IT jobs to India

    Advice to Management

    Move jobs back to USA


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