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IBM Specialist Reviews

Updated November 17, 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 925 reviews)

  • Long hours like everwhere elses (in 441 reviews)

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  1. "It is what you make of it"

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    Current Employee - Applications Development Specialist in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Applications Development Specialist in Baton Rouge, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    So many incredibly smart and driven colleagues. A lot of learning if you avail yourself of the opportunities. Discounts and investment options

    Cons

    Getting help with basic desktop troubleshooting can be daunting at times. A bit of red tape

    Advice to Management

    Please be there for your employees . Listen and be supportive. When they need a simple signature that only you can provide, please do that as soon as you reasonably can


  2. "It was a great place for me"

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    Former Employee - IT Senior Specialist in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - IT Senior Specialist in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It proved me opportunities to grow and develop my career. I had some fantastic managers (and some not so great) who supported me and were truly my advisors. The corporate culture and values were aligned with mine. You are in control of your career but the downside is that you have to take control.

    Cons

    In the 7 years I was at IBM, I had 9 different managers which meant that I needed to establish the relationship over and over. It is easy to be stove-piped into a role and can be difficult to move into a new career path. However, if you are persistent and willing to do the work to make it happen, you can make it happen,

    Advice to Management

    Abandon the "up or out." You are losing some great employees who are comfortable at the level they are and are not looking for promotion.

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    "Overall Great company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Senior IT Specialist
    Former Employee - Senior IT Specialist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I was a traveling consultant for IBM for over 7 years. Well balanced matrix type organization. Very vibrant culture - everyone values good quality of work. Wonderful learning opportunities. Great benefits.

    Cons

    After having two little kids and traveling all the time, I realized, I was missing out on a lot of stuff. Even after over 7 years of travel, I could not negotiate a non-travel role - only option left for me was to quit and find a local job


  4. "The Great"

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    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at IBM (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits that there is

    Cons

    Can be intense towards end of quarters

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the hierarchical bureaucracy


  5. "Termoil and chaos at Senior Management"

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    Former Employee - Cloud Specialist in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Cloud Specialist in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, good benefits, big company with lots of different business

    Cons

    lack of management direction, big company with lots of different business pillars, poor execution plans, too many shifts in company direction, lack of leadership

    Advice to Management

    replace yourselves


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Review of IBM's Summit Program and Sales"

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    Current Employee - Sales Specialist (Summit Program Graduate) in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist (Summit Program Graduate) in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    IBM's Summit Program is a world-class sales training program, where you have the opportunity to go through sales school, where you learn the best sales methodology and use them in practice for 6 months before going into the field. Sales school is supplemented by communication workshops (including stand-and-deliver and group presentations), as well as classroom learning on IBM's hardware, software and services offerings. It is a very comprehensive sales and leadership training. The Summit Program prepared me for my current sales role and beyond, into any leadership role I want to pursue in the future.

    Not to mention my first year has been a lot of fun, with excellent compensation and work-life balance. It is a culture of giving, networking, support, mentorship, and positivity. I have made some of my best friends working for IBM.

    Cons

    Heavy travel schedule in sales (this is a pro for me, but may be a con for others)

    Advice to Management

    The working relationships and strategy between sales (Global Markets) and services (GBS, GTS) could be improved.


  7. "IT Specialist"

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Brazil, KY
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Brazil, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working conditions and good learning opportunities

    Cons

    Lot's of bureaucracy. No work-life balance

  8. "this company is nt what they tell you"

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Specialist in Dubuque, IA
    Former Employee - Technical Support Specialist in Dubuque, IA

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

    Pros

    not many pros to this company unless you are corporate mgmt.

    Cons

    They play favorites when it comes to promotions they don't promote according to knowledge and experience they go by who kisses their butt the most. they dont give pay raises after a year there. I worked there 3+ year and never got a raise maybe because i didnt kiss butt. something i dont believe in. there is no education reimbursement, the only peple that got raises were the very upper mgmt . that is why they never had enough money to give us raises cause upper mgmt got all of it.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Slow painful death"

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    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great view of the Rocky Mountains. Close to Boulder, CO, which is a great city. Plenty of parking. Onsite gym

    Cons

    Poor pay, depressing environment, middle management is a joke. Always looking over your shoulder for pending layoffs. Butt-kissers are promoted to their level of incompetency.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people, not your managers.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Senior IT Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Senior IT Specialist in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Senior IT Specialist in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ability to work from home
    No interaction from management

    Cons

    Not enough staff to support account
    No support from management
    Job and role were off-shored