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  1. "The future is bright"

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    Current Employee - Digital Strategist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Digital Strategist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM is on the verge of becoming the premier cognitive and cloud enterprise, with the ability to provide a wide variety of services to help solve clients' business problems.

    As an employee, the opportunities to move around to so many different areas make it easy to see myself here for a long time.

    Cons

    While I would like to see an improvement in the quarterly financials, I have strong faith that it will be turned around soon


  2. "Great potential....but"

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    Current Employee - Strategist in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Strategist in Orlando, FL
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    A very large portfolio of software products and the potential to provide an end to end platform to help companies know and sell to their customers.

    Cons

    A culture that sells speeds and feeds/features and benefits as opposed to providing solutions. A company focusing on short-term gains to the exclusion of ensuring its future.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what you want to succeed at and head towards it come hell or high water. March to one mission statement and Lincoln quoting scripture said it best, "A house divided against itself cannot stand." Software, services, Watson, should think "IBM first" by default rather than trying to sell your services, software or hardware and the rest of IBM be damned.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "They took away all the perks"

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    Current Employee - Digital Strategist
    Current Employee - Digital Strategist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are world-class, top-notch, dedicated employees. Most are creative problem solves who love a good challenge.

    Cons

    One of the perks used to be flexibility to work-from-home, but that's gone. Salary used to be on par with industry standard, but that's changed. The constant upheaval and lay offs has killed any morale.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the CEO, Ginni Rometty.


  4. "Making a difference in the world"

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    Current Employee - Cognitive and Social Strategist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Cognitive and Social Strategist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Doing meaningful work that makes a positive impact in people's lives. A great environment to unleash your innovation spirit which is widely rewarded.

    Cons

    Need to deploy quicker a faster culture of feedback and on going recognition.

    Advice to Management

    Learn more about the concept of "servant leadership".


  5. "Cognitive"

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    Current Employee - Digital Strategist
    Current Employee - Digital Strategist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ability to connect with some of the best companies on the planet

    Cons

    You are left on an island to deliver value

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time managing and supporting your employees


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Potential to be a great company, lacking the right leaders"

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    Current Employee - Digital Marketing Strategist
    Current Employee - Digital Marketing Strategist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Great colleagues, some of the smartest people I have ever worked with and had the privilege to work with.
    2. Access to resources, such as tools to enable you to make data-driven decisions.
    3. Work life balance (although this is changing).
    4. Benefits are really great.
    5. No two days are the same.

    Cons

    1. Remote work is no longer allowed.
    2. Salary is not at-market.
    3. Mobility is incredibly tough for such a large company. If you do not push to have that relationship with your manager, it will not happen organically.
    4. Management in general is rough. Those who are in Director/VP roles are too disconnected from the roles of their direct reports that they are not able to give advice on how to fix problems. They have zero knowledge of our tool capabilities causing expectations to not be met.
    5. Lack of accountability makes some employees lazy.
    6. Timelines for everything are very, very long. There is a ton of red tape around every corner. Management encourages innovation but there are so many barriers to actually accomplishing innovation (tools).
    7. There is no clear view into what is working and what isn't. While we have access to a ton of tools, no two tools tell the same story.
    8. Constant reinvention/re-branding makes for a poor user-experience and also makes it very costly to get campaigns running and comply with an "always-on" strategy.
    9. Lack of appreciation of employees. If you need positive reinforcement to stay motivated, you will not get that at IBM. Even the yearly review process is incredibly flawed. Also a lack of corporate responsibility to employees with new co-location policies.
    10. Special projects are exciting to get on but mainly come with a lot of unrealistic expectations, faster than fast timelines, and not enough resources or budget to execute.

    Advice to Management

    Please take better care of your employees. Hire/place people with the right skills in the right roles. Give managers a manageable amount of employees so that they can provide leadership to their direct-reports and assist them in career development, removing obstacles, etc.


  7. "Great company. But VERY VERY big"

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    Former Employee - IBM Strategist in Somers, NY
    Former Employee - IBM Strategist in Somers, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Incredibly smart people.
    - Opportunity to work for an industry leader

    Cons

    HUGE! Remember the Dilbert cartoons? Would swear that he worked at IBM.

    Advice to Management

    Flatter the better

  8. "Corporate has its ups and downs..."

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    Current Employee - Content Strategist
    Current Employee - Content Strategist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I work from home 100% and do a little bit of travel which is nice. My coworkers are amazing and I've encountered nothing but brilliant, hard working people from around the globe with this company. It's a constant learning experience.

    Cons

    It can be a struggle to get things done quickly since all teams are spread across the globe. I spend a ton of time on the phone and sifting through mountains of emails.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline cross-department communication methods and onboarding for new employees when it comes to learning about the products/market/buyers, etc.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Digital Marketing Strategist"

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    Current Employee - Digital Marketing Strategist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Digital Marketing Strategist in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Incredibly flexible schedule. Easy to transition to other roles within the company. Good exposure to experience working at a 100+ year old giant tech firm.

    Cons

    Lack of community. Lack of engaging culture. The nickname, "I'm By Myself" stands true. Every project you will ever work on will always be a SLOW process. There is a MAJOR disconnect between the top level and the bottom level. Evident age gap between recent grads and middle management (typically ~10+ years with no in-between).


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    "OK, But not for a Career"

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    Current Employee - Sourcing Strategist in Fishkill, NY
    Current Employee - Sourcing Strategist in Fishkill, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The name recognition that the company provides as well as a decent salary. Another beenfit is the large numbers of employees who telecommute full time (work at home).

    Cons

    Having to support support the IBM Global services Org. They sign bad deals, can't deliver what was promised and then have a huge crisis which upper management expects to be magically resolved. IBM also has below average benefits with basically no employee stock purchase program.

    Advice to Management

    Stop signing bad services deals and start figuring out how the company is actually going to function once you've gotten rid of the American workers.