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Updated April 21, 2017
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  1. "Sales - Cloud @ IBM"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - as IBM is a huge conglomerate, you can have many different career experiences in one place.
    - despite all the negative press, the company has a strong balance sheet and strong product margins, i.e. good stability and a cautious view on taking risk
    - good benefits, though like most companies they pare back - 401k match (up to $16k annually), deferred comp for high income earners, low-cost medical.
    - if you are good at your work, work/life balance is at least possible

    Cons

    - need to negotiate starting salary strongly - raises/promotions are very, very rare
    - bonuses even on sales plans seem totally subjective and random
    - 60% of your colleagues suck, and somehow the resource actions never seem to get those people
    - near constant organizational and territory change disrupts client and partner relationships, a competitive disadvantage and leads to a lot of internal "self-promotion"


  2. "IBM is a mixed bag as an employer .. Great starter upper"

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    Former Employee - Researcher in New Almaden, CA
    Former Employee - Researcher in New Almaden, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great Company to work for when the Times are good

    Cons

    Big Company bureaulethargy
    Ironically computer and IT systems internally are a patchwork of solutions over time

    Advice to Management

    Bonus for those who differentiate is not commensurate

    IBM Response

    Apr 12, 2017 – Program Consultant - IBMer Engagement

    Thank you for the review.


  3. "Research Staff Member"

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    Current Employee - Research Staff Member in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Research Staff Member in San Jose, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employees are smart and creative

    Cons

    Slow to innProduct innovation is slower than optimal.


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  5. Helpful (9)

    ""Transformation" drives continued insecurity and demoralization, kills innovation"

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    Current Employee - Software Sales Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Sales Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM's name is well known, but it's not respected like it used to be. It has good diversity programs - as long as you're not a long-time IBMer, that is.

    Cons

    The frequency and depth of RA's has reached the point that they affect everyone's ability to be fully creative and innovative. IBM Finance drives everything; business justifications for keeping people on a team to drive revenue are ignored when Finance says cuts are needed. IBM on your resume is a negative now. Pay is lower than many large Silicon Valley companies. IBM rarely grants RSUs to non-executives. You can't transfer in IBM because current rules require IBM managers to look outside IBM first (what does that say about IBM's view of its employees?).

    Advice to Management

    Does IBM ever plan to announce something like this?, "That's it. We're done cutting. You can stop worrying that you should be revising your resume. IBM is investing in you rather than trying to find ways to cut your job. You, who are on board with us now, we need you to be creative and innovative. We need you to make our company grow again. We need your energy and excitement to make IBM and the world a better place. You don't need to worry about being in next quarter's RA because there won't be one as long as we are on a clear path to grow revenue. So get out there, be aggressive, fast-moving, and risk-taking. Let's win together."


  6. "IBM review"

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    Current Employee - Software Architect in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Architect in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can survive if Director is good

    Cons

    Bureaucracy . Things gets done on very slow pace


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Terrible Management, low pay"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some nice people, good location

    Cons

    Inconsistent management, bad strategy, complete lack of "perks" / amenities on site

    Advice to Management

    Talk to the people you manage, understand their jobs. Lead, don't manage.


  8. "Cool place for Research and good benefits!"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Worked at IBM Research Center
    - The crowd is brilliant, especially the older scientists
    - Research Center is located on top of an isolated hill in San Jose

    Cons

    Of late, research is application or profit driven, rather than being theoretic


  9. "Greant Company in the Right Group & Technology"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Solid company with some great innovation. There are a lot of very talented people working there and many of IBMs solutions are outstanding.

    Cons

    I was part of the Sales organization and there were too many reorgs and changes. We would be held to deliverables with no acknowledgement of the disruption of the reorgs to meeting those deliverables. The sales plan wasn't very good.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the sales plan


  10. "too large too move"

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    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    flexible work hours. good health benefits.

    Cons

    lack of opportunities for growth and learning.
    underpay
    low morals


  11. "Working at IBM"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Managers and co-workers are smart, thinking people and good people to work with.

    Cons

    Heavy work load. Work - life balance is difficult.



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