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Updated June 19, 2018
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  • "Bad work life balance in the company" (in 1011 reviews)

  • "Long Hours suck sometimes but not too bad" (in 474 reviews)

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  1. "Bid Manager"

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    Former Employee - Bid Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Bid Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Company to work for who have excellent work life balance.

    Cons

    Dont pay enough or work on dedicated staff who work above and beyond. No regular payrise each year comes round they state there is cut to the budget!

    Advice to Management

    Look after your employees personally.


  2. "IBM OK but very heavy processes"

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    Current Employee - Offering Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Offering Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Wide scope of technology to work with.
    Good on equality issues
    Lots of very bright and generally very helpful people who you will work with.
    Lots of opportunity to develop yourself and make your own role.

    Cons

    Very sales orientated and in some cases very shortsighted with respect to longer term strategic goals.
    Lots of paperwork and processes to learn

  3. "painful but necessary reengineering of business model"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    variety, freedom to build skills, internal and external networking, adoption of new routes to market and embracing open source

    Cons

    static salary, lack of brand constancy and consistency, driving away experience


  4. "Data analysis"

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    Current Employee - Data Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good life work balance
    . Good colleagues. Make lots of friends

    Cons

    Nothing at all. Very friendly nice wnvironment

    Advice to Management

    None


  5. "Excellent Work Placement for a commercial finance analsyst"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to get expereince in.

    Cons

    Not a clear progression route and outsourcing alot of there finance departments


  6. "Intense hiring process"

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    Current Contractor - Test Specialist in Leicester, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Test Specialist in Leicester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with various types of project in different domains.
    Good career development
    Decent salary
    Relaxed work environment

    Cons

    You are expected to be highly independent

    Advice to Management

    Take advantage of all the available avenues for professional development.


  7. "IBM - Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Software Support Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Support Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Teamwork - highly skilled and knowledgeable colleagues focused on helping each other, diversity, broad benefits/compensation package, focus on technical knowledge, time to learn, some work/life balance initiatives

    Cons

    Needless business targets leading to frequent redundancy programs across many areas, low morale, benefits package uncompetitive when compared to market, difficult to transition career between internal business units.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce bureaucracy and needless management layers, increase higher management's visibility of, and proper understanding of, the actual work done with clients vs. business targets/shareholders.

  8. "Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Hursley, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Hursley, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance as a software engineer.
    Great place to learn and begin career but wouldn't recommend staying for too long.

    Cons

    Too much politics and ineffective senior management. Company trying to change but happening too slowly.


  9. "EMEA Marketing Manger"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lowestoft, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lowestoft, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good benefits for employees
    Well taken care of

    Cons

    Too many processes
    Pay could be better


  10. "IBM HR Consulting"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Access to a wide range of work experience opportunities, new ideas, people and a broad range of companies. A visionary and engaging leader. Open and accepting of work life balance and flexible working.

    Cons

    My 'old' department I felt suffered from a very dysfunctional sales process, some clear bias (age), favoritism (those close to centre) and lack of transparency in the promotion process, and finally incomplete products going to market.

    Advice to Management

    Senior executive leaders need to ensure the consistent application of fair people processes across all departments. Local senior managers need to launch products that are really ready and provide a 'pleasant' surprise to customers in how good they are.


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