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Updated October 23, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great big company, but maybe a little TOO big"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary, flexibility, good work-life balance. If you have a good Manager (I did), you have a lot of autonomy.

    Cons

    Benefits while very good are also very pricy. You’d expect much lower premiums than you actually pay.

    If you work from home, there’s a reason it’s called “I’m By Myself”. Desktop support is a last resort when you have an issue. And you literally have a serial number.

    They fill your head with “so many opportunities!”, but the reality is that it’s just as difficult to move around in IBM as it is to get your foot in the door - you have to know someone.

    Advice to Management

    Do away with the review process. It’s antiquated and damaging.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Co-Workers, Access to lots of training opportunities

    Cons

    You're not a human, your a bottom line.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your people better and they won't leave.

  3. "GBS Partner"

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    Former Employee - GBS Partner in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - GBS Partner in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1) IBM is a (the?) top, global brand in the IT products and services space
    2) IBM Watson has been a huge differentiator in the past 2-3 years
    3) IBMers are highly competent individuals who are full of integrity

    Cons

    Financial performance over the last five years has not met Wall Street's expectations. Resource actions have been necessary to align headcount with declining revenues. Employee morale has declined accordingly

    Advice to Management

    1) Data IS the new natural resource. As such, IBM should acquire more data assets to compliment their data-processing assets. Look to the integrated oil industry as a model
    2) IBM should look to re-enter the B2C space (e.g. Microsoft acquires Xbox) in order to remain sharp and relevant in the hearts and minds of the average consumer (who might also buy IT products & services)
    3) Find a way to win at Cloud


  4. "Nice company to Work , They need to review for Employee Benefits"

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    Former Employee - Technical Team Lead in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Technical Team Lead in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Work Environment , Nice goodwill in IT , Good opportunities to grow and onsite

    Cons

    Not much Employee friendly


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Declining Company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Offering Program Manager in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Offering Program Manager in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exposure to many unique technologies and the opportunity to work with teams on a global basis.

    Cons

    Co-location initiative that is disrupting IBM employees families, erosion of benefits, a 401K match that only occurs at the end of the year.

    Advice to Management

    Make changes at the exec level for a change and stop the talent drain


  6. "Good Company with Great Growth Opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great training and promotional opportunities

    Cons

    Fast paced, requires learning and personal development

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work and consider outside investment to grow even faster


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Bizarre Management"

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    Former Employee - Information Technology Specialist in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Information Technology Specialist in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Lots of pressure on self-improvement.

    Cons

    You can go from a top-tier manager to a complete idiot in .04 seconds flat.

    Advice to Management

    Hire better managers.

  8. "Program Manager"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Global, top of the industry, research-driven

    Cons

    Sometimes hard to navigate; layoffs are common


  9. "Not what it once was..."

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    Current Employee - Sales Management Advisor in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Management Advisor in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can work from home (although that is ending for most people).

    Cons

    Corporate management cares only with enriching themselves. Revenue shrinking continually for the past 5 years. Massive layoffs are a regular thing now. Experienced, talented employees are no longer valued and are being replaced with younger, cheaper (and less talented) people at an alarming rate. CEO talks about hiring 25,000 people in the US, but MANY more than that are being laid off. Corporate management is dishonest about the overall state of the company. Morale is terrible. No pay raises for the past 5+ years. No promotion opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Please leave. Stop voting huge pay raises for your fellow board members while the company is tanking. Voting the CEO a $50+ million salary when the company's performance is so poor is an absolute disgrace.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Great at one time"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful colleagues, good health and dental. Fairly professional in general. Up until recently, working from home.

    Cons

    Very toxic from an employment perspective. For the last 15 years it has been a case of Russian roulette with annual resource actions. The last 5 have been particularly bad as the fat has been removed and the staffing is far below minimum. Off shoring has been a continuous churn with unqualified folks replacing knowledgeable resources and leaving IBM shortly after turnover. Unrealistic project deliveries, due to under staffing and unrealistic scope. Expectation to work above and beyond is a daily norm and the knowledge that if you don't you will likely be fired. Resource actions now quarterly and move back to one of 6 centers are driving moral to new lows. "new collar" and H1-b visas continue to drive employees away.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and look at the world. 20 quarters without growth is astounding. Pay attention to what the sales execs are promising customers and ensure requirements that are agreed to are met.


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