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Updated April 24, 2019
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  • "At times work life balance gets challenging" (in 1112 reviews)

  • "Low Salary growth in comparison" (in 537 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Hursley, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Hursley, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great culture, high salary, great perks - including provate health insurance

    Cons

    management can be a little old-fashioned and resistant to change


  2. "Full Stack Development"

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    Former Employee - Full Stack Developer in Hursley, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Full Stack Developer in Hursley, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great environment
    - Free Gym
    - Chill out hub/zone with multiple sporting and gaming booths
    - Great opportunities

    Cons

    - Expensive to live/travel nearby

  3. "pretty good"

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    Current Contractor - Senior IT Support Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Senior IT Support Engineer in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Lots of offices and clients to support, working with lots of cool technologies

    Cons

    occasionally a bit mess as its huge organisation.


  4. "Amazing responsibility given"

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    Former Employee - Industrial Placement in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Industrial Placement in London, England (UK)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Given a lot of responsibility
    Mentoring opportunities were great

    Cons

    Would like more events for placement students to meet up


  5. "Great if you're in the right business unit"

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    Former Employee - IT Security Specialist in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - IT Security Specialist in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM Security was a great place to work, good working atmosphere and great people. Decent benefits, and manageable work/life balance. You are given lots of flexibility, as long as you get your work done. You get to work with interesting technologies, often at the leading edge of the market.

    Cons

    Not much office community as the work is sporadic, mostly on customer site. Takes time to get promoted, and salary is not as good as competitors. There's always 'transformation' of some sort going on, which can include letting staff go. Some of the other IBM business units are difficult to work with.

    Advice to Management

    IBM needs to better engage with the public through software and technology. All our major competitors have very large consumer facing arms which builds brand value and trust - at the end of the day enterprises are made of people who are all consumers of our competitors products or services.

    Less change is needed, especially with sales strategy. Constant 'transformation' makes for inconsistent skills, experience and customer relationships withing the sales teams.


  6. "Great for work flexibility"

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

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

    Pros

    Working from home is part of the culture

    Cons

    as in huge company, processes can be painful and sometimes cost client satisfaction.


  7. "Hey I’m still going"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company I like it here

    Cons

    Not so bad at all

    Advice to Management

    Stay cooler

  8. "Excellent workplace for technical knowledge"

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

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

    Pros

    Access to libraries, courses, knowledge, books..etc to build your knowledge in any area you like. Very flexible work-life balance.

    Cons

    weak bonuses and raises, if any. Lots of corporate politics. Lots of inefficient bureaucratic processes

    Advice to Management

    IBM has done a very good job taking care of their 400K employee. The cons are necessary otherwise managing a company the size of a small country is not easy.


  9. "Lead full stack developer"

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    Current Employee - Lead Full Stack Developer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Lead Full Stack Developer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    • Good employee benefit
    • Good work life balance

    Cons

    No much innovation in client side

    Advice to Management

    Promote good employees with decent hike


  10. "IT Technician"

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    Former Employee - IT Technician in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - IT Technician in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large organisation with opportunities to move into other sectors

    Cons

    lack of system access to resolve issues


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