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Updated January 16, 2018
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  1. "IBM Client Innovation Centre (CIC)"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Hursley, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Hursley, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good training
    - Good line management
    - People are quite friendly

    Cons

    - Colleagues are mostly grads


  2. "Great opportunities, very varied depending on team"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Hursley, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Hursley, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some really great colleagues
    Interesting work
    Unique technical challenges and history
    Hursley is a beautiful site, and there's a lot of modernisation happening

    Cons

    Too much dead-weight, especially at lower management levels.
    Different areas compete with each other
    More people reporting to you == more power, which is seen as always good
    Low salaries compared to other tech companies, push for a higher starting offer

    Advice to Management

    Stop laying off people randomly, and actually find out which people are contributing.

  3. "GBS"

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

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

    Pros

    Culture, Values, Friendliness and Support

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, Size, Benefit Structure


  4. "IBM CIC Leicester - build your career"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Leicester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Leicester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Good place to build your career - lots of opportunities to work in different industries and with different technologies
    - Friendly staff - like one big family
    - Good recruitment process - takes around 6 weeks but team is really nice and you're kept up to date all the way through
    - Travel - get to work face to face with clients, great exposure

    Cons

    - Salary and benefits not reflective of role


  5. "Great place to work for the right aptitude people"

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

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you are ready for it, there is no dearth for opportunities at IBM. This is especially true for specialists and people ready to travel and take up client facing and problem solving roles. The hardest hit are the mid-aged managers who seek nirvana in an operations role offshore.

    Cons

    Too many distractions offshore and irrelevant roles which seemingly promise an easy life especially mid level professionals. One should be careful not falling for this trap. Big ticket deals are waning and therefore large accounts are barely there anymore.

    Advice to Management

    Infuse a consulting outlook in the IBMers, senior roles should mandatorily made to be in client facing roles. Do away with HCAM and such policies and stop mindlessly promoting people with higher bands and titles.


  6. "Placement Review"

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    Former Employee - EMEA RFS Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - EMEA RFS Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Company to work for with very skilled and proficient people

    Cons

    Sometimes too much work pressure for undergraduates.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "TUPE'd into IBM from another company? You'll be redundant in a year."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Access to some good online training resources, such as safari books online.

    Cons

    As someone who was TUPE'd into IBM I have little positive to say. IBM's strategy for people such as myself is to perform a knowledge transfer and then move the work to a low cost centre, such as India. They then begin the redundancy process.

    As they know they have no need for you post-knowledge transfer, they make little effort to make working there a positive experience. In fact, if they can encourage you to leave rather than having to make a redundancy payment they would consider that a job well done.

  8. "Great people"

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

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues.
    Good flexibility (opportunities to work from home).
    Opportunities for career progression (at least in GBS Europe).
    Unlike other consultancies, an encouraging environment (not cut-throat).
    Top employees have opportunity to do a four week pro-bono consulting project in a developing part of the world!

    Cons

    A very big company so can be overwhelming to understand how it all fits together and the different HR functions.


  9. "Bling"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Blackpool, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Blackpool, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good hours good canteen nile

    Cons

    Poor atmosphere bing bong bungo

    Advice to Management

    Hi


  10. "Not quick learning curve, but very stressful at the same time"

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    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Demanding environment with lots of challanges to take on the projects and grow as a professional.
    - Good people can grow fast.
    - Existence of formal promotion procedure.
    - Lots of online resources with books and courses for self training.

    Cons

    - Stressful work environemnt with very high work load and preassure on consultants and managers.
    - Super burocratic company.
    - Messy and too quickly changing internal IT systems with no proper integration between them.
    - Too hard to change a project.
    - Short time allowed on the bench. You might be very quckly get out on the street just because they don't have a matching project for you right now.
    - Decline in consultancy services which means more and more good people are made redundant.

    Advice to Management

    More appreciation of employees contribution to the projects success is needed. Also sales should finally start selling better and make enough pipeline for the consultants to work on next after finishing their current projects.

    Overall it is good place to quickly get lots of consultancy expirience in the top end consultancy firm, but it is not rewarding enough to stay long in this very harsh and stressful work environemnt.


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