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Updated October 23, 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 929 reviews)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "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. Helpful (1)

    "Failure Analysis Lab Tech"

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    Former Employee - SEM Technician/Failure Analysis in Pinellas Park, FL
    Former Employee - SEM Technician/Failure Analysis in Pinellas Park, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Access to scanning electron microscopes; working with engineers; nature of job description; fellow employees; benefits.

    Cons

    Management: some good / some terribly bad managers; biased; smiling faces tell lies

    Advice to Management

    Take courses on human behavior. People are not cattle, treat them with respect, kindness, and intellect. You'll be surprised by the results.


  7. "IBM - big, wonderful, scary place"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Distinguished Engineer in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Current Employee - Distinguished Engineer in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM is huge with 10K's of products, 340K employees, and unlimited potential. When you figure out how to work with and use IBM's size, you can delight your clients, make a good living, work with people who become your friends, and on rare occasions get an amazing reward like going to Hawaii with friend for Best of IBM (only 1K go).

    Cons

    IBM is huge with 10K's of products, 340K employees, and unlimited ways to get lost or feel unwanted, plus some areas just don't succeed. It takes brains, heart, guts and a little bit of luck, but that is true anywhere.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to clarify what is staying the same and what is changing. Even if I'm last person off the ship, I'll do it if I know it is for a good cause. If you are not clear, I just think I got forgotten.

  8. "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


  9. 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.


  10. "Program Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    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


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