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IBM Specialist Reviews

Updated December 9, 2018
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  • "Bad work life balance in the company" (in 1071 reviews)

  • "Low salary increments since last 2 years" (in 510 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Summit Digital Sales Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Summit Digital Sales Specialist in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Summit Digital Sales Specialist in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    invest a lot of time into training employees, cannot emphasize how amazing the training is.
    Get to work at one of the biggest companies in the world and constantly be a part of innovation and growth

    Cons

    BIG company! Cons that come along with that


  2. "like going back in business time"

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    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Seemingly reliable organization, stable employment, relatively non-dramatic

    Cons

    Hierarchical 60s style management and organizational structure, not very truly team orientated culture

  3. "18 year of my professional life"

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    Former Employee - IT Senior Specialist in Middletown, NJ
    Former Employee - IT Senior Specialist in Middletown, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The salary (and benefits package) is competitive

    Cons

    You work insane hours, and you do not feel appreciated

    Advice to Management

    Staff appropriately so each team member does not have to struggle to balance work and family life


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Intern Hire"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Armonk, NY
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Armonk, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM is a great company as a whole. That's the main reason I've stayed for over a year after being hired as an intern. I have gotten some great projects and exposure right out of college. There's also an insane amount of free internal learning and it is highly encouraged and mandatory in some cases to learn new things on the job. Work-life balance is great. I can work from home many days. The benefits are excellent. I have amazing doctors and the actual insurance companies offer many extra resources to IBM employees. 401k matching is also very ideal, I've saved quite a bit in a very short amount of time. There are also other nice perks like being a preferred employer at apartment complexes where I lived. Overall, you're covered if you're at IBM and in truth, they prepare you for a career in- or outside of the company. All of their certifications are transferable skills.

    Cons

    I still don't have an official title since my projects are all over the place. Unfortunately as an intern hire, I didn't have the flexibility to negotiate my salary or have a say in what position I wanted to be in. As a result, I am extremely underpaid. Also, I was placed in a team full of managers as entry-level, so that means I didn't have the chance to get a real raise. This is an unfortunately situation since I don't think I can get the pay jump I need unless I leave the company and then come back.

    Advice to Management

    Please consider experience more closely when assigned positions for intern hires. Also, place interns in teams where they can have career growth and with strong managers who work in the same location as them.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Diversity, great pay & benefits, large company

    Cons

    complex, red tape, political, bureaucratic


  6. "IT Specialist"

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Poland, ME
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Poland, ME
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good for the beginning of the career in IT.

    Cons

    Old technologies in center in Poland.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Toxic work environment"

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    Current Employee - Solutions Specialist
    Current Employee - Solutions Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people you work with are the best people in the world. The smartest you'll ever meet.

    Cons

    The so called leadership is terrible. Everyone above your first line manager is disconnected, uncaring, bureaucratic, out for themselves, and clueless. Arbitrary firings of people based on made up performance measurements. New health insurance plans for 2019 do not provide an option for out of network coverage.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the layers of management and empower the people who work directly with customers and develop the solutions.

  8. "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


  9. "Senior IT Specialist"

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    Former Employee - IT Senior Specialist
    Former Employee - IT Senior Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities and exposure to different domain from one client to the other if you are willing to travel for the job.

    Cons

    Traveling 100% finally caught up with me. You have to be ready to work 45-50 hrs/week.


  10. "Fulfilment / Sales Support"

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    Former Employee - Contract Specialist in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Contract Specialist in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Teaming. Proactive work environment. Great place to get your foot in the door and learn.

    Cons

    Highly Pressured. Mobility no longer offered. Limited career paths if you were not hired in at Mgt level.