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Updated February 18, 2018
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  1. "Information Security Advisor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Information Security Analyst in Columbia, MO
    Current Employee - Information Security Analyst in Columbia, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility in schedule, management support, ability to work from anywhere when needed, travel, trainings to diversify skill set and/or expand knowledge in current position.

    Cons

    I do not have many cons at this time. The position can be stressful, like any position. With IBM being so large, it can be hard to identify the correct owner to work/issues/escalations/etc

    Advice to Management

    None at this time


  2. Helpful (1)

    "They'll grind you down"

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    Current Employee - Senior Security Analyst in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Security Analyst in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's relatively stable, and the people are decent. If your first couple of layers of management are functional, it can be a good place.

    Cons

    SO MANY MANAGERS! It's hard to get anything at all done in this place and they really do make you feel like a disposable cog in a behemoth machine.

    Advice to Management

    I have 8 layers of management above me. Cut that in half.

  3. "Security Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Security Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Security Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance and team building

    Cons

    Not much room to move around for such a big company

    Advice to Management

    Take care of you employeee, rather that ROI


  4. "Security Intelligence Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Security Intelligence Analyst in Armonk, NY
    Current Employee - Security Intelligence Analyst in Armonk, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Can't really say much, they have good prospects, plans for staff to progress in career, good or moderate benefit plans. Good team work

    Cons

    Not generous with money or social benefits, hesitates to see talents, and still recruit along the culture line, which could blind from talnets

    Advice to Management

    Be generous with the money


  5. "Good benefits"

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    Current Employee - Information Security Analyst in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Information Security Analyst in Ashburn, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work and the company has a lot of reach

    Cons

    Big organization with red tape


  6. "Cutting Edge Technology"

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    Current Employee - IT Security Analyst in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - IT Security Analyst in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities to increase your knowledge base. Great customer base that helps build customer facing skills. You get exposed to some of the smartest minds.

    Cons

    None competitive salaries and bonuses. Very top heavy and fraught with management red tape to get simple tasks done. Very difficult for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Provide education opportunities. Pay for education opportunities. Pay workers what they are worth. More work life balance


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Keep Busy and don't mind your compensation"

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    Current Employee - IT Security Analyst in Dubuque, IA
    Current Employee - IT Security Analyst in Dubuque, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It pays the bills (Mostly), never bored at work(for better or worse), your peers are in the same boat and they are good to work with

    Cons

    Its impossible to get your pay to reflect the work. They will over work you and expect everything to just work as if it did before. The company is driven by metrics and these metrics are now getting in the way of people doing their jobs or finding more efficient ways of doing things because it does not fall with the current processes. They will hire any idiot with some type of degree, even if they have no technical skill or they prove that they are a greater hindrance to the team then an asset.

    Advice to Management

    Get the business back on track, customer first metrics second. And Pay people for the work that they do, do not leave them at entry level pay for several months when they are performing at a level 2 or 3 steps above what they are getting paid.

  8. "Security Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Security Analyst in Annapolis, MD
    Current Employee - Security Analyst in Annapolis, MD
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great hours and place to work for.

    Cons

    work long hours but this is okay as they pay well.

    Advice to Management

    nothing, it is great


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Better than no job at all"

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    Former Employee - Senior Security Analyst in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Security Analyst in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    All of the best reasons to work at IBM went out the window in the late 1990's. They started dropping salaries, training and educational benefits even then, before 9/11/2001.

    Cons

    In it's heyday, IBM set the standard for how employers should treat their employees. They were the 'gold standard' to which all others looked as an example. Outsourcing, corporate greed, and a host of other factors have eroded IBM as a place to work to the point where every IBMer I know is disillusioned.

    I have seen new hires come in with high ideals only to have their enthusiasm crushed after a few years. It did not used to be that way. Hard working people put in 60 hour weeks with no recognition, and very small raises, if any.

    Advice to Management

    Stop looking at the bottom line only. Start taking care of the human beings who work for you and they will take care of you in return. If you could turn IBM back into half of what it was in the 1990's, people would knock the doors down to get in . . . not to get out, as they are now.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "IBM - Not a place to brag about working for"

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    Former Employee - IT Security Analyst in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - IT Security Analyst in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    People ( at least those that haven't been laid off)
    Work life balance - most of the time

    Cons

    Layoffs
    low pay especially if you stay there a while
    no training dollars
    overly aggressive cost constrains
    bad management pretty much through out the organization
    Hard to focus on work while you wait to be the next one up for layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Pathetic management won't listen, so I won't bother.