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IBM Specialist Reviews

Updated September 18, 2018
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  • "Bad work life balance in the company" (in 1043 reviews)

  • "Long Hours suck sometimes but not too bad" (in 481 reviews)

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  1. "Great internship"

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    Former Intern - Technical Solutions Specialist (Summit) in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Technical Solutions Specialist (Summit) in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very fulfilling internship that lets you experience how sales operates at IBM
    Great travel and networking opportunities

    Cons

    Different host managers can lead to very different experiences


  2. "IBM Research"

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Left alone to do your job. No micromanaging.

    Cons

    Bad pay, no advancement opportunities, raises are very rare.

    Advice to Management

    Company as a whole needs to treat employees better.

  3. "Application Development Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Applications Development Specialist in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Applications Development Specialist in Baton Rouge, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Place to start. Difficult to grow if you are not in the right place. This is a massive company, so there are a lot of interesting opportunities. My direct managers were good people.

    Cons

    Low Pay in IBM GBS, especially for new graduates. Very difficult to move in between teams. Sometimes you will get stuck on boring projects that do nothing to enhance your skills.

    Advice to Management

    If you stick technical people into non-technical roles, they will immediately look for an exit plan. Don't string people along with promised projects and roles that never materialize.


  4. "Best company I've ever worked for"

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    Current Employee - Technical Sales Specialist (Summit) in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Technical Sales Specialist (Summit) in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Invests in employees
    Great salary
    Great benefits
    Best people to work with & for
    By far best job I've ever had and can't wait to grow with IBM

    Cons

    Slow moving processes and changes like any other large company

    Advice to Management

    Involve the millennials more, we'll be taking over these jobs one day and want to learn the ropes!


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    "Good Company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work/life freedom, pay and benefits, training/education

    Cons

    Big company, takes time to learn

    Advice to Management

    Don't fire/layoff/RA so much


  6. "Be prepared to be laid off"

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    Current Employee - Client Support Specialist in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Client Support Specialist in San Ramon, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent health and 401k benefits

    Cons

    If your organization is acquired by IBM, you will be laid off. It is part of IBM's business model to "buy" organizations from companies and lay of the employees a year after acquiring them. Thereby avoiding lawsuits (because IBM employed you for a year), and making sure you get a tiny severance package based on the one-year you worked for IBM.

    Advice to Management

    Change your business model to something other than laying off US workers in favor for cheaper off-shore employees.


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    "Agility Needed"

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    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of growth opportunity, lots of money to be made.

    Cons

    Constant change, little transparancy

    Advice to Management

    Transparancy is lacking and change should be limited to every 12 in regards to customer base and territory.

  8. "Joining the winning team @ IBM"

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    Current Employee - CyberSecurity Specialist - Security Solutions Architect in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - CyberSecurity Specialist - Security Solutions Architect in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent teamwork, great leadership, incredible opportunity, Fantastic place to work!

    Cons

    Trying to stay business focused - while still executing on all of the required professional enablement IBM provides (which BTW - is and can be viewed as a pro as well)! I have accomplished 14 Security certifications!


  9. "IBM Work Experience"

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    Former Employee - IT Specialist - Applications Developer in Boca Raton, FL
    Former Employee - IT Specialist - Applications Developer in Boca Raton, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM has great respect for their employees and takes good care of them. The work is very interesting, challenging, and involves a wide range of clients. The work is never boring.

    Cons

    Schedules are very demanding, generally requiring quite a bit of overtime. Lots of pressure to complete projects on short schedules.


  10. "Best of IBM 2018"

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    Current Employee - Client Technical Specialist in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Client Technical Specialist in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A trip to the Bahamas with my wife with a celebration of everyone's accomplishments was a great opportunity to reflect on our success.
    First Class all the way!!!!

    Cons

    The weather could have been better!