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IBM Sydney Reviews

Updated September 21, 2017
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  • You have to manage your work life balance or you'll end up doing the work of 2 or more people (in 900 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "If IBM headhunts you watch out!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Partner in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Associate Partner in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A powerful brand, strength in pockets, strong marketing. Able to keep Wall Street happy despite flat or negative growth over 20 quarters.

    Cons

    Poor delivery, lacks leadership vision, career wrecking managers, CYA culture. Big ambitions with no plans. GBS Australia puppeteered from Singapore. Poor leadership. no plans for new hires. You are expected to perform with no support. Most IBMers are sellers with conflicting KPIs unable to serve customer interests. GBS in Australia is a haunted place, most good people have left, no delivery capabilities or value proposition for customers or employees.

    Advice to Management

    Resolve conflicting KPIs, strengthen delivery, recognise digital is not an IBM strength, focus on cloud, data and integration products. Cognitive - what is that?


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Process driven"

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

    Pros

    Good clients, working from home

    Cons

    no progression, everyone is in fear of redundancy

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Travel Enough"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The opportunity to travel to different countries, and to meet lots of clients in a varied set of industries.

    Cons

    Matrix leadership. Whose the boss is sometimes hard to understand. Locally the lack of tea and coffee onsite meaning time and money waster going offsite.

    Advice to Management

    Out back the tea/coffee


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Bali HPC"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great incentives program including fully paid trip to Bali after meeting targets.

    Cons

    A bit complex to persuade IBM to pay what is due.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline the incentives system so that it delivers on its promises


  5. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Intern in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Generally good culture and environment. A lot of people work from home and management tends to be lenient and understanding

    Cons

    Legally their internships are scholarships (big tax loophole) so you are not entitled to superannuation, workers comp, etc. Also, the internship does not guarantee a graduate job, you'll have to apply for that yourself and will find that most graduate jobs are technical.


  6. "Best Of IBM Nomination"

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    Current Employee - Executive Critsit Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Executive Critsit Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I was fortunate to be nominated for Best of IBM award this year. This award is the top recognition in IBM of those who have demonstrated outstanding performance in delivering for our clients and influencing how we deliver. It results in a trip to Hawaii to celebrate with other honorees from almost 100 countries around the globe.

    IBM regularly transforms itself and this is only possible due to the qualities that IBMers bring to the day to day support and management of delivery for our clients. I was proud to be nominated, but even prouder still to work for a company such as IBM, with the Cloud and Cognitive initiatives that we are successfully marketing and presenting to our clients as true value add solutions to run the infrastructure the world relies on.

    IBM is a global company with a great history of changing the way the world works. From its involvement in the space program in the 50s & 60s to developing the cognitive solutions that will augment and drive peoples lives and decisions in the future, IBMers are helping drive the future.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy can be a problem in such a large organisation and financial decision making is often based on global rather than local imperatives at times.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Associate Partner"

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    Current Employee - Associate Partner in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Associate Partner in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary is above market, many talented technologist to work with. Delivery pulls their weight.

    Cons

    Everyone is in constant fear of losing their job.

    Advice to Management

    Corporate Strategy, culture and leadership needs to be replaced.

  8. "Technical Solutions Architect"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    + You get to work on very large enterprise clients. This may include Banking/Finance, Aviation, Manufacturing or Retail.
    + Excellent peers with amazing technical depth & talent
    + Large scale projects that are excellent for the resume.
    + Working remotely was allowed at first. This was being reviewed as I left.

    Cons

    - Red tape. This is a process driven workplace and not always for the better. It may end up driving you mad.
    - Timesheets.
    - If you don't like meetings...this is not the workplace for you.
    - Don't think outside the box. Get back in the box!

    Advice to Management

    The sheer volume of meetings was amazing, despite rules governing how long they could last. Meet less, work more!


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Do not work for this company!"

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

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

    Pros

    - work life balance (which is going away now with everyone being forced to the office IBM asks you to work in)

    Cons

    - no investment in staff
    - no pay rises
    - constant structure changes making success difficult
    - politics and incompetent staff are rife
    - zero job security
    - fluffy technology that very few actually know anything about
    - major cost cutting happening,
    - very bad morale among employees, no work team celebrations or activities

    Advice to Management

    - stop painting mass job cutting with rose coloured lenses.
    - greedy executives basking in huge bonuses while staff get constant excuses for why bonus pools weren't funded with enough.
    - listen to your staff - soon you'll have no company left.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "No real sense of direction"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Some good products and solutions built on a history of innovation and acquisition

    Cons

    competitive markets, constant restructuring, diminishing resources, less staff, no clear direction

    Advice to Management

    there are too many of you


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