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IBM Tulsa Reviews

Updated July 18, 2017
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  1. "sg"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Tulsa, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I like working here but not so much

    Cons

    Strict people that don't value their employees

    Advice to Management

    Don't be so stuck up


  2. Helpful (2)

    "No regrets but I know there is greener grass out there"

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    Current Employee - Senior SAP BI/BW Consultant in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Senior SAP BI/BW Consultant in Tulsa, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Powerful name in IT.
    Access to an enormous network of talent.
    Lots of computer based training available if you utilize it on your own time.
    Flexible work environment.
    Access to a broad range of tools and templates sharing industry best practices.
    Access to experts in just about every IT topic imaginable
    Nice benefits (except for salary)

    Cons

    No loyalty to long term employees
    You are just a tool in a giant toolbox or a number on a spreadsheet. You have no meaning beyond that.
    Low pay compared to industry standards
    Laughable bonuses and pay raises.
    No desire or interest in investing in long term employees. Company would rather replace you than train you in something new.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your loyal employees. Bring back the IBM culture of growing current talent instead of replacing them. Spend more money rewarding top contributors.

  3. "Promises broken, dreams shattered"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Tulsa, OK
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Tulsa, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Telecommuting used to be a perk, but with forced, unfunded relocations to sites IBM apparently intends to keep open only a short time, there really are no pros.

    Cons

    Everything. I was promised direct hire but it never materialized. They cut my pay.

    Advice to Management

    Stop shedding western talent for short-term profits. IBM may already be lost, but if it isn't, you may still have a chance to recover. Rehire those in the west, eliminate the PBC system, eliminate incentives for management based on short-term profit, restore telecommuting, eliminate the GDFs, stop punishing employees for doing what management tells them to do.


  4. "Not bad overall - but I bet they could be much better."

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    Current Contractor - IT Specialist in Tulsa, OK
    Current Contractor - IT Specialist in Tulsa, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    IBM is Americana as apple pie, hot dogs and the good ole green back. Lots of hard working lower level people who want to make a difference. Look nice on Resume.

    Cons

    I sense IBM feels they are above its customers and tends to be bull headed and not listen. Has a very difficult time adapting in real time situations and tends to act as if employees are expendable or not worth the pay they honestly deserve. IBM seemed to be very heavy with upper management all pulling from the contract making money, never on site & not known to anyone working for them who these people are and how they could help. IBM - to big for its own good and lost that personal touch care feeling for what is best for the customer. Their short shortsightedness focuses on $$$$ not customer first. IF they did - they would keep contracts not lose them.

    Advice to Management

    Customer first, spend time with your customer to understand the real needs. Spend time appreciating those who do the REAL WORK, pay appropriately and ask - what is the dumbest thing we do here - Once a Month and then committing to fixing or removing that item. Focus on the customer and what will make them successful and remember you will reap the financial rewards for a job well done. Should have a template that will flex to the customer and adjust to their needs. Honoring and respecting the customer, thanking them for allowing YOU (IBM) Serve them the customer.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Stable company, continuous change, many learning opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Tulsa, OK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours with some work from home opportunities. Will learn a lot and make many connections.

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive in outsourcing area. Extensive overtime required and many jobs move to other countries. Always concerned with next lay off.

    Advice to Management

    Pay adjustments to bring to market value would help keep valuable employees with top ratings.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Too much outsourcing and not enough qualified supervisors and managers."

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Tulsa, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    When I worked there, IBM was understanding about work/life balance.

    Cons

    Low pay, and you are required to take your laptop home every night and basically be on call.

    Advice to Management

    LIghten up. The people from Armonk need to be diversified in Accounting. When I worked there, Armonk took away every little thing that made work fun, like replacing the coffee machine with those pods. That has to be a lot more expensive plus they taste horrible. You had to buy your own needs, like adding machines and ergonomics went out the window.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Greedy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, global travel, working with people around the world, and some amazing clients.

    Cons

    Office environment and equipment is outdated, unclean, and sometimes smells. Too much effort spent on making rules. Cost reduction initiatives continue to focus on take aways from employees via layoffs, space reduction, and even removing the coffee makers. No longer a place to be proud to work.

    Advice to Management

    Lighten up! It is up to you to make an environment where employees are satisfied and want to stay.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Revenue Accountant - GBS"

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    Current Employee - Revenua Accountant in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Revenua Accountant in Tulsa, OK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, ability to work from home, great job for recent graduates

    Cons

    One of the lowest paying/least benefirs in the area for similar jobs

    Advice to Management

    To further retain employees, raise salary to match other area companies


  9. "Job Review"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Tulsa, OK
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with very top people in the industry

    Cons

    Constantly changing quotas. Targets adjusted upwards to make it difficult to stay in same territory.

    Advice to Management

    Take more feedback from field about regional differences in territories


  10. "HR Call Center"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Call Center in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Human Resources Call Center in Tulsa, OK
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible, good management team. Employees are considered an asset and their opinion is important to upper management. Would work there again.

    Cons

    Peer pressure, slow at making progress on projects due to red tape. May encounter old boy club. Telecommuting can cause disconnect/

    Advice to Management

    seek more advice from front line eployees. More visibility for management and involvment required. Lead by example for all. Overall pretty good.


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