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IBM Sydney Reviews

Updated December 5, 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. "Work from home and friendly environment"

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

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

    Pros

    I did an internship for 1 year and stayed as a gradate for another year. We can work from home from time to time. Everybody is so nice and teaches me a lot of stuff generously.

    Cons

    Not I can think of. I only want to switch job because I don't want to stay in IT industry.


  2. "Project manager, geo"

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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 8 years)

    Pros

    A good work-life balance
    Flexible working arrangements if you belong to global team

    Cons

    Organisational restructure often occurs to be global-aligned and it could lead to employees feeling insecure.

  3. "Architecture Manager at the company IBM"

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    Current Employee - Architecture Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Architecture Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Diverse product set at IBM

    Cons

    A lot of cost cutting at IBM


  4. "It is what you make it"

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    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Potential to do whatever you want

    Cons

    For the work, the pay was way below market rate

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and smell the manure


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Worst Australian Employer of the Decade"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Brand, cold calls still get attention, good network of ex-IBMers willing to give IBM business from their organisations

    Cons

    Lack of empathy, clarity of roles, insecure and caustic culture

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring, leave good people alone


  6. "Great company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There approach to handle customer issues were amazing.

    Cons

    Too much cost cutting resulting in staff reductions.

    Advice to Management

    Value and retain high valued employees.


  7. "Great company for career growth and opportunities"

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    Former Employee - New South Wales in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - New South Wales in Sydney (Australia)
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Opportunity to grow and have a variety of roles over time
    - Flexible with hours and work-life balance
    - Has some excellent managers

    Cons

    - Most times you are working very long hours
    - Being global means you may have to work odd hours
    - Salaries may not be great depending on the role.

    Advice to Management

    Staff are your most important and valuable asset, go back to the old good IBM and look after your staff.

  8. "IBM Australia Ltd"

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

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

    Pros

    People are great - culture of people willing to help each other
    Autonomy in my role is good
    Employees can manage their own work / life balance

    Cons

    Organisational behaviour driven from global / region - not right for individual markets
    Quarterly reporting nature and current state of business puts pressure on short term fixes / numbers, not long term wins and strategy
    Morale is very low

    Advice to Management

    Address individual market positions and strategise accordingly


  9. "Good work but negative work environment."

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    Former Employee - Legal Counsel in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Legal Counsel in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good exposure with interesting work.

    Cons

    Negative work culture with constant redundancy


  10. "IBM Australia"

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    Former Contractor - Systems Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Contractor - Systems Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Colleagues are mostly helpful
    - Flexible work from home arrangement possible

    Cons

    - Very negative and toxic work environment due to extremely low staff morale due to the many rounds of redundancies. People that are still there are not there because they want to be, but are just waiting for a payout.

    Advice to Management

    - Provide some transparency to your staff and treat them with respect, at the moment you are failing on both of these and prefer to keep them in the dark and leave them guessing. Most people will not stand for that, and leave the company as soon as possible.

    How you treat your staff is how they end up treating their customers.


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