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IBM Sydney Reviews

Updated February 7, 2017
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  • The hours are very long with a poor work/life balance (in 778 reviews)

  • There is an expectation to work long hours to progress within the company (in 390 reviews)

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  1. "Application Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Many company resources/knowledge pool are open to the employees.

    Cons

    Too big, not very efficient.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  2. "Enterprise Service Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Large Customer base. Exposure to a wider range of Industries. Excellent work-life balance

    Cons

    Very Process driven. Slow to change to market.


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    "GBS Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    1) Work Life Balance
    2) Good online resource

    Cons

    1) Slow promotion
    2) Graduate program failed to provide suitable positions to new graduates. They randomly throw graduates into projects when there is a business needs. There is a huge difference between what they advertise online versus what they can offer to graduates for work. For most of the time, graduates will be asked to do management works regardless their technical background.

    Advice to Management

    Please hire right people for right positions. Don't fool graduates in and only provide them management work.


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  5. "Good Technology but losing touch with Clients"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexibility. Offer great flexibility with work from home
    Great resources to support you (too many some times which can be confusing)
    Interesting new technology with Cognitive

    Cons

    Competing internal products drives personal agenda instead of clients agenda
    Very complex to work due to organisational structure
    Very low employee moral due to on going restructuring


  6. "Senior financial analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours and working from home policy

    Cons

    was a great company before but bad management, low corporate morale, significantly underpay its staff, don't feel sense of belongs..


  7. "Not the best company for people who want to make a career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Team Lead in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Technical Team Lead in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility and autonomy.
    specialization of skills
    need not do much apart from your core work

    Cons

    Very slow organization
    Too much paperwork and delay when doing things such as travelling to other countries etc.
    Lack of incentives
    hikes and promotions are extremely rare

    Advice to Management

    Work towards incentives to employees to perform. not all employees are motivated by just providing flexibility and autonomy. It promotes complacency if nothing else


  8. "Program Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Worked with some great people and had exposure to a great variety of customers across multiple countries. Delivered some great solutions leveraging IBM Global Capabilities.

    Cons

    Cost Focus rather than customer focus has seen IBM's reputation crash. IBM continues to move jobs off shore, services fail and morale has dropped. I am glad I left and am looking for companies that put the customer first and have repeat business with happy customers.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the customer and deliver services from the local country rather than delivering services from low cost countries that rarely meet customer expectations. Stop kidding yourself and take an honest look at the business through your customers eyes - there is a reason so many customers are leaving.


  9. "Program Manager at IBM"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Was a great place to work 10 years ago

    Cons

    Constant rounds of cost cutting and redundancies culture is terrible...has lost its relevance

    Advice to Management

    What management?


  10. "Manager - Virtualization"

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

    Pros

    Learning new technologies like cloud

    Cons

    Need to manage off shore team as well

    Advice to Management

    Need to maintain a local team with minimum of 20 technical persons


  11. "IBM Websphere Portal Developer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - IBM Websphere Portal Developer in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - IBM Websphere Portal Developer in Sydney (Australia)

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

    Pros

    Work from home facility is there

    Cons

    no regular salary hikes provided



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