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Updated April 26, 2017
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  1. "IBM"

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

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities, lots of various clients and flexible. You can work from home, but clients have to come first. Lots of opportunities for learning.

    Cons

    Large organization sometimes add layers of complexity. Low levels of pay rises.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the resources, they look after the clients.


  2. "Much better than the IBM your father worked for."

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    Current Employee - Distinguished Engineer in Winchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Distinguished Engineer in Winchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM has transformed to agile techniques throughout. SW development loosely follows the Spotify model. Our new CTO stated that his job is to make sure that IBMers have the very best tools and had delivered that. We all get to choose MacBooks or windows, we use great collaboration tools - slack, github enterprise, mural and for education - safari flow which is awesome. There is a real focus on education and on renewal.

    Cons

    It is a big company and sometimes it feels BIG.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focussing on transforming the company.


  3. Helpful (7)

    "Times are changing and not for the better"

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

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

    Pros

    Great people really good technology progressive struggling for what else to say as they are diminishing and no sign of them returning

    Cons

    No respect for the individual no job security withdrawing flexible working a lot of people laid off to replace with cheaper labour

    Advice to Management

    Get back to respect the individuals who are very loyal and pay them properly


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  5. "Graduate Programme"

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    Current Employee - Project Analyst in Leicester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Analyst in Leicester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Nice atmosphere and nice people

    Cons

    There is no support in your career development, the "Graduate Programme" is used to attract graduates but they only offer an entry-level job, no training offered to develop your career.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest, you do not offer an organized 'Graduate Programme'


  6. "Not as I hoped but OK"

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    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in Hursley, England (UK)
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in Hursley, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    It's a secure job, in a stunning location with nice people and some good perks.

    Cons

    The work is unfulfilling. There isn't much chance for creativity, you don't really have an impact as a designer; much of IBM doesn't embrace user focused design so every day is a battle and a disappointing compromise. I thought I'd get to deliver quality but mostly we deliver the bare minimum.

    Advice to Management

    It isn't enough to tell other IBMers that design thinking is good, we need to prove it. At this point many developers/engineers/OMs are just ticking design thinking boxes but not actually engaging with it.

    It might be a start to use design thinking to improve the IBMer experience; allow a design team to work on the internal systems and enhance the everyday user experience of IBMers. Then they will see design thinking working, they will experience it and chances are they will have more productive working days.


  7. "Good Experience"

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    Former Intern - Marketing Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Marketing Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great on a CV
    Good networking opportunities
    Flexible working
    Reasonable salary

    Cons

    Company tied down in red-tape - A rule or process for everything
    A "serious" and "boring" company culture
    Repeated "performance meetings" that often lack insight, useful information or positivity

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on sharing information and helping each other as opposed to "dog-eat-dog" style politics.


  8. "Strategy Consultant"

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

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

    Pros

    The investment in Design Studios and iX (Interactive Experience) has made IBM a more diverse place to work and provides fresh thinking when addressing clients' strategic issues. Big opportunities for personal growth with new mobile, cognitive and IoT technologies, although this requires high investment of personal time and brings few monetary rewards.
    For those consultants willing to invest time in building a network and personal development there are many exciting projects with capable colleagues at a range of blue-chip clients

    Cons

    The continuous focus on utilisation as the sole consulting metric is depersonalising and demoralising. Bonuses are so small that they are pointless and insulting.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your staff and their needs, and not just on utilisation

    IBM Response

    Apr 6, 2017 – Program Consultant - IBMer Engagement

    Thank you for your candid review and feedback, it helps us learn about specific areas of the work experience we can improve. We are happy to hear that you have found opportunities for personal ... More


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Not the best for feeling valued"

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits package and maternity policy

    Cons

    Redundancies of loyal top performing workforce do not do much for morale. It's all about costs rather than looking further up the chain at management whose poor decisions have a knock on affect to the ones who do the hard work.

    Advice to Management

    Value the people who provide your solutions!


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Europe Cloud Channel Business Development Manager"

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    Current Employee - Europe Security Channel Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Europe Security Channel Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some great people work in IBM.

    Cons

    Senior management still far to politically orientated. Lack of vision in some solution areas. IBMs culture has changed over the last decade and respect for the individual has seriously declined I am sorry to say.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Management Consultant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Management Consultant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with great people, getting involved with exciting work, being a part of a world leading research institution, good benefits

    Cons

    There has been an erosion of employment rights over recent years leading to uncertainty of job security. Work life balance can sometimes be difficult with customer travel.

    Advice to Management

    Older employees with family and commitments would be happier with lower salaries but better job security. Younger employees with less loyalty prefer cash in the hand.


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