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Updated November 4, 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. "Friendly, fast-paced"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than a year)

    Pros

    During my internship, everybody is very warm and welcoming. There is always someone to approach or liaise with if you need help in your tasks. The large scale of the company allows for abundance of resources both physical and knowledge wise.

    Job is fairly mobile as there is always an option to work from home.

    Benefits and compensation package is fairly attractive.

    Cons

    The company is fast-paced. Employees have to be hard-working and be willing to OT when required.

    Advice to Management

    Change up the office environment to help promote a livelier work culture.


  2. "Good place to work at but dont expect bonus"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours and good colleagues

    Cons

    No bonus and long working hours

    Advice to Management

    Value employee and reward them promptly

  3. "Competitive and challenging"

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    Current Employee - Senior Business Operations Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Senior Business Operations Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good experience & a solid add to resume
    Room to grow if willing to work hard

    Cons

    Forget about work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Take care of staff instead of treating them as comodities


  4. "Good and bad."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working from home and flexible working hours. That's the only benefit keeping employees working there on a low salaries.

    Cons

    Expected to work 24/7 and unpaid overtime. Management changing frequently causing service quality to drop. Lack of planning and qualifications of the management.

    Advice to Management

    Hire better qualified employees to keep up the service. Improve planning, time management and resource planning. Value your employees and their time!


  5. "IBM Singapore"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Full of wonderful people who are.....

    Cons

    Woefully mismanaged from the top down

    Advice to Management

    Employees are your best asset - engage and motivate them


  6. "valuable opportunity for those interested in supply chain"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM as an intern

    Pros

    supply chain engineer
    possible return offer
    stable
    work life balanced

    Cons

    location is far from central


  7. Helpful (1)

    "It all lies in the culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Management is keen in reskilling its employees. There are many e-learning materials available for self-learning.

    Flexibility and good chance to try out different roles in the company.

    Cons

    A lack in direction. Misaligned senior and middle management. A lack of focus in employee's engagement.

  8. "Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Chill and easy environment, no stress. Pay was decent, boss was nice

    Cons

    Not much progression, can't learn much. not much training, self-learn everything.

    Advice to Management

    provide more training to us and care more about our progression


  9. "Staff Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of learning opportunities, nice colleagues, good culture of putting clients first and good work life benefits

    Cons

    IBM is too big and many overheads eat lots of IBM profits which translates to a very small profit sharing bonus

    Advice to Management

    Remove overheads and reduce layers of management


  10. Helpful (2)

    "If True Innovation is what you seek, don't come here."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    The people on the whole, are great, smart people. The long-time employees here have lots of deep expertise you can learn from, and if you want to get into the tech industry, IBM has very good training programs for those who are just starting out, or just entering the tech industry. IBM is a great start if you'd like to learn what the corporate life is like, and how B2B deals and partnerships are made.

    Cons

    IBM is a huge company with many initiatives, sometimes contradictory to each other. This results in considerable internal fighting, and it takes a long time for initiatives to really trickle down and take hold. The company's internal processes are extremely backwards; the systems and software used to run the paperwork & backend have not changed for many many years. For any other company that may be fine, but this is an IT company that allegedly sells automation and digitize other companies. And as much as it tries to sell the story of "trying to get closer to start-ups" or innovate, not only is the company slow moving, it also very often fails to identify the true failure points of external and internal problems. I have seen time and again new tools, programs, and strategies trying to be rolled out, so much effort, investment, and have no one uses them properly because it fails to innovate the core pain points employees face.

    Advice to Management

    The future success of IBM really hinges on whether the business can come together, align on their future goals, and focus on the long-term longevity of the company instead of its short term sales goals. The technically skilled members of this company are leaving / getting fired by the droves, drastically affecting the quality that IBM's premium price use to justify. The Legacy businesses are struggling to stay afloat, and still consists of the biggest bulk of revenue to IBM. The company's initiatives to higher a younger workforce will not succeed in the long run if they are not effectively engaged and enabled to enact the "change" young people are meant to bring. Its very clear that the upper management are out of touch with what the employees on the ground are facing, and no amount of "Watson" or "Cognitizing" can solve that problem.


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