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Updated January 31, 2018
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  1. "Australian Development Lab - Software Engineering Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at IBM (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly environment
    Very relaxed dress code
    Daily standups
    Flexible work hours - You just have to be there before the daily standup at 10am.

    Cons

    None that I can think of


  2. "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.

  3. "Global Business Services Consulting ANZ"

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    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


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Solutions Architect"

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    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Training, enablement, flexible working location

    Cons

    Constant restructures, unrealistic sales targets, slow to react and action, didn't capitalize on cloud and AI fast enough

    Advice to Management

    Retain, reward and cultivate top talent. Don't just drive the bottom line.


  5. "People go to IBM Australia to die not to thrive"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    You can hide and run your own sideline business because no one will manage you.

    They force you to take leave at the end of the year . At least you get to spend time with the family.

    Heaps of on line training. You will be ready for the next gig

    Cons

    Classic example of Class B people managers hiring Class C Managers. And in turn kill off morale and innovative thinking.

    Australia is too small for anyone in the head office to pay attention.

    If you are a seller, its cadence after cadence. And when you have an opportunity, every Tom , Richard and Harry wants their name on the opportunity as well.

    The Sales Directors and Managers are made up of people who never sell before. I am deadly serious. They use retired IBM sales people who has not sold to a Business for over 10 years.

    Managers who continuously fail to deliver are moved sideways or get promoted to Singapore or to other APAC countries.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. Because a quick death is better then a long death.


  6. "Technical SME"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible time, self-pace training, exposure to C-level management ppl

    Cons

    Lower pay, no bonus, career path unclear


  7. "Opportunity, Equality and Diversity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    In 20 years at IBM, for the second time in my long working career, I've had the opportunity to be part of and drive some amazing transformational programs. There are opportunities to work in a diverse range of careers where the work that you do can really make a difference for employees, for clients and for the world outside. Now at the end of my working career I'm so grateful that IBM's long tradition of diversity allows me to continue in a rewarding career past normal retirement age.

    Cons

    IBM is working hard to shake off its bureaucratic image but it takes time. Sometimes that can be a source of frustration. Working in a global role, I have to work some unsociable hours. It is not a 9-5 job but it still offers considerable flexibility in managing one's workload.

  8. "Not what it used to be"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people, never a dull moment, flexible working arrangements

    Cons

    Low morale, no benefits or bonuses.


  9. "One of the great places to work"

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The technology the solutions and services offering is limitless.
    The organization provides excellent opportunities to learning new technologies and to be involved in special projects

    Cons

    Very process driven - need to cut down on the internal processes

    Advice to Management

    Leaders can be managers
    Managers cannot be leaders


  10. Helpful (2)

    "IBM Australia"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big Company, Good People, resources for learning available on corporate site; pays relatively well; work live balance

    Cons

    Constant layoffs; lacks anything to boost morale (Christmas party was cut, no milk, no tea, not even instant coffee)

    Advice to Management

    A lot of the PM has 0 technical backgrounds. I agree sometimes it's not required, but when they do, it helps a lot. A lot of times you need to go to multiple PM to get a charge code for your time sheet. PM with tight budget doesn't want to give out their code and you end up wasting a lot of time running around for a charge code instead of getting things done.


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