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Updated December 9, 2018
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  • "Bad work life balance in the company" (in 1071 reviews)

  • "Low salary increments since last 2 years" (in 510 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Vice President"

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

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

    Pros

    IBMs mission to change the world for the better, great corporate ethics, collegiate environment, competitive packages, and unique depth of talent in all domains of transformation, sector, software, hardware and the 'New' AI, Blockchain, Cloud and Quantum to name a few. . .

    Cons

    IBMs size like any big corporation presents challenges to intigrate the value components of the business, but its possible to do well once you find your feet


  2. "Financial Engineering"

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Benefits
    International environment

    Cons

    American old fashioned corporate culture for administration

  3. "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Managing Consultant - Strategy in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant - Strategy in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work - life balance, very supportive to accommodate family circumstances. Great working culture and strong footprint in promoting inclusion and equal opportunities.

    Cons

    Ridiculously low bonuses (if any), salary raise hardly ahead of inflation.


  4. "Graduate Scheme at IBM"

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    Current Employee - Business Technology Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Technology Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Within IBM there is a huge possibility for growth depending on your networking skills and how eager you are to grow and own your career. The Graduate Program, which I am a part of, has a huge platform for training and the higher-ups are also very involved with the growth of the early professionals (graduates and apprentices). There is a lot of exposure to various projects and opportunities to build good client relationships.

    The work culture is overall a good one where the people you interact with are there to support you and in essence build relationships with.

    Cons

    As IBM is a very huge company, once you get past the Graduate Scheme, there is a high chance career growth stagnates and you become lost in the company as there might not be as much focus on how you progress.

    Advice to Management

    I would suggest to understand more of what people are interested in so they are not just forced to pick up roles as opposed to staying on the bench.


  5. "Good. Feels like family sometimes. But very stressful."

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    Current Employee - Field Service Technician in Warwick, West Midlands, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Field Service Technician in Warwick, West Midlands, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. Good focus on mental health but you must speak up if the workload gets too much which it will.

    Cons

    Workload. They get rid of staff and don’t replace them


  6. "Big change in the right direction"

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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 a year)

    Pros

    Open to change and improvement on a large scale
    Employer of choice for LGBT / BMI / Women in tech etc - very supportive environment
    Feel valued & empowered
    Competitive salary (not the best but fair and stable)
    Great career opportunities

    Cons

    Quite outdated / lengthy processes, many of which are self driven and 'feel' unsupported e.g. significant HR cases
    overly complex business structure
    Very cautious / risk averse
    Matrix structure can make it difficult to navigate new areas/tasks/responsibilities

    Advice to Management

    Ease up a bit on the processes and risks - it makes for an easier life and enables people to spend more time delivering their jobs.
    Speed up a bit on internal stuff. We want speed with our innovations that we live and breathe for our clients - let's demonstrate that to our own employees too.
    As an upside, keep doing all the amazing stuff too.


  7. "Good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Burgess Hill, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Burgess Hill, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    IBM, provides great work life benefits.

    Cons

    Very difficult for upward movement in the business depending on which devision you work in.

  8. "good ambiance. lots of work"

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    Former Intern - Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Intern in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    good atmosphere, motivating challenges. I learned a lot

    Cons

    workload, extra hours. I would say I enjoyed it regardless


  9. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Helpdesk Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Helpdesk Analyst in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Professional, driven, excellent, technically Good

    Cons

    Big company with lots of staff


  10. "Business Graduate Scheme"

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

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

    Pros

    International training as part of the grad scheme,
    Flexible work - wfh is common,
    Promotion after first year
    Paid CIMA qualification
    Mentorhship

    Cons

    There is a wide variety of responsibilities graduates are given, depending on what project you end up on. Some people may end up with nothing/not much to do whilst others work 12hours a day.

    Advice to Management

    Don't treat graduates as students, especially if they already have done a placement in an industry. Give them responsibilities, otherwise it's too easy.


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