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IBM San Antonio Reviews

Updated June 13, 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 929 reviews)

  • Long hours like everwhere elses (in 442 reviews)

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  1. "Channel Marketing Manager"

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    Current Employee - Channel Marketing Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Channel Marketing Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    work life balance, well respected company

    Cons

    not loyal to employees, lack of communication


  2. "NOC"

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    Former Contractor - Cisco Voice Support in San Antonio, TX
    Former Contractor - Cisco Voice Support in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    IBM has very good benefits....

    Cons

    Based on the department...Management seems to lack direction....I would say this most noticeable in there IBM Costa Rica office....

    Advice to Management

    It is my option that IBM should focus on main frame development. It is there Brad and butter they do if better then anyone...there out-sourcing sucks...

  3. "Forget job security and be perpared to use 1985 technology"

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    Current Contractor - Budget Analyst in San Antonio, TX
    Current Contractor - Budget Analyst in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM as a contractor

    Pros

    For the most part, fellow IBM employees are highly intelligent and professional.

    Cons

    Antiquated systems (some financial databases still use DOS) and the general dismissal of seasoned employees in favor of cheap overseas labor has created a very confusing and inefficient internal landscape.

    The company also oscillates between favoring contractors over regular headcount and vice versa. I've been both and have been arbitrarily laid off in both roles. This is no longer a company that I would classify as providing job security, no matter how valuable your skill set or contribution is.

    Advice to Management

    Employ current technologies to internal databases and systems and hold on to the fountains of knowledge instead of dismissing them because of salary bands. It may seem like a savings, but in the end it's costing you more.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Love the people -- execs out of touch"

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    Current Employee - Client Executive in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Client Executive in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I work with some of the brightest, most creative and fun people I've ever met. They work together to bring new things to clients despite corporate.

    Cons

    Corporate tends to make severe course corrections with little to no warning. No longer a sales culture, but managed by spreadsheet and financial engineering. The result is that you never know if you've won the lottery or about to be laid off.

    Advice to Management

    Reducing feet on the street and acquiring new niche firms will not transform your cost basis nor solve the issue of declining top-line revenue.


  5. "Great company with bright future"

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    Current Employee - Senior Offering Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Offering Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unlimited potential and opportunities; IBM is truly a global organization; very open to virtual workers / teleworking

    Cons

    Sometimes there are competing priorities and interests that cause some internal confusion and conflict among teams

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on cloud, analytics, mobility, security, and healthcare; improve standardization of service offerings; acquire more companies in the security industry to expand capabilities and resources


  6. Helpful (1)

    "WLO_Review"

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Many resources to available to include personnel.

    Cons

    Never know when the outsource it coming and you are laid off for cheaper labor

    Advice to Management

    Cheaper labor does not provide the best product to the customers


  7. "IBM"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Broad spectrum of capabilities

    Cons

    Bureaucracy of large business can be difficult

  8. "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly"

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    Current Employee - ERP Training Consultant in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - ERP Training Consultant in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits (health, dental, special needs support, etc.)
    Great co-workers (for the most part - - there have been a few bad apples)
    Flexible work schedule (project dependent)

    Cons

    A lot of overhead administrivia (both weekly and yearly)
    Disappointing bonus structure
    Yearly merit increases are a joke
    Management/organizational structure fluctuates too frequently

    Advice to Management

    Please work on better balancing professional yearly expectations and don't hold individuals accountable for factors outside of their control. Allow the review and appraisal process highlight value based on merit. Utilization is a joke when we have project requirements (40-44 hours per week at a minimum), personal/professional training and education requirements (on top of project work), regular manager/department/practice/sector calls (on top of project work), providing support to sales efforts (on top of project work), required practice give-back activities (on top of project work), and of course 6-15 travel hours per week (on top of project work). All of this taken into account is truly in the neighborhood of 60 - 70 hours every week.


  9. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Software Sales in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Software Sales in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people with great skills - truly wanting the best for customer.

    Cons

    Not as high paying. Not as much upward mobility as in the past.

    Advice to Management

    Try to flatten management layers.


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