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Updated May 22, 2018
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  • Bad work life balance in the company (in 993 reviews)

  • In this competitive atmosphere, you must often work long hours (in 467 reviews)

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  1. "Cloud Service Provider Executive. APAC"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cloud Service Provider in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Cloud Service Provider in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Scope and variety of career

    Cons

    None really anything major for concern


  2. "SAP Architect"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SAP Architect in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - SAP Architect in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting projects, leadership support, Development

    Cons

    Large Organisation and Process Oriented

  3. "Global organisations"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Staff in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Audit Staff in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Leading technology cloud analytics and big data

    Cons

    Global resourcing leads to lack of job security

    Advice to Management

    Review the redundancy policy


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Worlds worst company by far"

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    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really can’t think of any

    Cons

    Took me far to long to escape from this dark place. No life or Soul, demand loyalty but give none in return. I can even remember receiving the emails to tell us how ‘lucky’ we were to work there, yet most people walked around looking miserable and unhappy. The ‘proud to be an IBMer’ crap, laughable. Nothing was further from the truth, completely deluded.Maybe it was a good company once but all I saw was unhappy people, a company out of touch with human beings.

    I can’t believe I stayed for so long (money I guess). My life is so much better, so much more balanced, have a brilliant job that only reinforces how awful IBM is, I wish I had seen the light and left much earlier.

    Worst job and company I ever had, don’t recommend it too anybody, and I genuinely feel sorry for the good people who still work there

    Sad really, but just an awful place

    Advice to Management

    Get a life, stop being so up yourself and treat people like people with respect and integrity. 2 words missing from the IBM dictionary.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "senior consultant - risk"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)

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

    Pros

    work life balance is ok

    Cons

    too much politics, capable people do not get promoted.

    Advice to Management

    too many managers do nothing beside being a manager.


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    "Constant Fear"

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    Current Employee - Chief Operating Officer in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Chief Operating Officer in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are generally excellent but stifled by fear

    Cons

    Constant workforce reductions makes the environment toxic

    Advice to Management

    Take a longer term view


  7. "World Class Thinking"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You are surrounded by leading minds and leading technologies...truly outstanding. Also, there were great opportunities to travel on engagements.

    Cons

    Like most consultancies, the pace can be frenetic.

    Advice to Management

    Keep an eye on programs to avoid individual burnout.

  8. "GTS - Project & Business Mgmt"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great people
    - Flexible working hours and conditions, but this is dependent on the role and manager
    - Global programs to enhance personal development available
    - Challenging and fast paced working environment which is great experience

    Cons

    - Poor leadership
    - No strategic direction (GTS), or if it exists, not communicated well
    - No ability to grow or be promoted without fighting for it, and even then it is not guaranteed regardless of performance
    - Culture of protection of existing senior mgmt regardless of performance, giving no opportunities for fresh leadership
    - Culture of everyone being too busy to take accountability/ownership of issues, then nothing gets closed
    - People Management opportunities given to people based on tenure not capability, leading to poor staff engagement
    - Sign deals out of desperation which leads automatically to delivery fires & overworked delivery organization
    - Management System promotes micro-mgmt which is counterproductive and wasteful in most cases, both sales & delivery
    - Encouraged to have mentors, however no programs to support

    Advice to Management

    Establish a clear strategy for GTS and communicate so that people feel a sense of working towards a goal, even if it is a strategy moving towards consolidation/closure, which might then promote upskilling in other areas to allow for strong redeployment. Shake up in leadership... middle management in particular. Focus on talent development is critical, and empowering people to get things done.


  9. "Global Business Services Consulting ANZ"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wide range of opportunities to choose from and flexible working environment

    Cons

    Has a large and complex operating environment that can take a long time to understand, making it difficult to get things done quickly

    Advice to Management

    Focus on client perception, hiding internal complexity of IBM


  10. "IBM Sydney"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good working environment. CF is nice.

    Cons

    too much out-sourcing. too much red-tap.


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