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Updated June 22, 2017
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  1. "IBM review"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development Executive in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Business Development Executive in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big company with broad resources

    Cons

    Difficult to navigate with duplicative solutions and sellers


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Mixed Feelings"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've been with IBM for a number of years. I've always been proud of the longevity of IBM's commitment to diversity, specifically the LGBT community. I've found great support from most managers, directors and leaders. However... (continue to Cons)

    Cons

    Our current CEO currently has a very close relationship with the current US Trump administration--an administration does not value diversity or trust. Makes me doubt how genuine IBM's commitment to diversity is.
    Separately, there is currently little job security at IBM currently and the severance/layoff package is only 1 month's pay no matter how long an employee has worked at IBM. So when working at IBM, even if you are a long-term full-time employee it is better to think of yourself as a contractor.

    Advice to Management

    Resolve the Cons above. The amount of support given to the LGBT community is great, but the concurrent close personal relationship to the Trump administration is confounding.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "IT Specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Senior Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - IT Senior Specialist in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of cool technology
    Many very smart peers

    Cons

    Low wages relative to marketplace
    Too much middle management
    lack of direction in daily as well as long term goals

    Advice to Management

    Take some management and leadership classes
    Focus on the customer and stockholder equity and not petty politics


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Downward spiral continues"

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    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers and some neat technology.

    Cons

    Three performance appraisal systems in as many years.

    Advice to Management

    Give up on utilization, spend more on training, reduce our overhead, and start paying the market rate.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Management"

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    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Broad range of opportunities available

    Cons

    Lots of changes every six months

    Advice to Management

    Bring in some outside ideas


  6. "IBM - A Poor Career choice"

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    Former Employee - Data Scientist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Data Scientist in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None that I can think of

    Cons

    Fake glitz and glamor. Products are no longer what they should be, nor do they meet many of the marketing stated capabilities. Minimal employee investment, with the exception of on line courses. As long as it doesn't cost them $, its fine. Employee rating system is bogus, and don't expect a raise ever again. People try and do well at the expense of others. Customers now come last - which bodes ill for getting future work.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like people that matter. Become a team rather than individual competitors. Create a culture of creativity & competence.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Not what it used to be"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked for IBM for 18 years and, for most of those years, really looked forward to going to work every day. I worked with lots of smart, great colleagues around the world, all of us interested in producing the best product possible.

    Cons

    Almost 9 years ago, I was asked to start working from home, ostensibly to cut back on real estate and support costs. It made sense to me because none of the people at my local office worked on the same projects as I did. If I'm spending my day communicating via chat, email, and conference calls, why not do that from home. I found that I became much more productive and was able to easily handle working with colleagues in multiple time zones, early in the morning and late at night -- something that would have been hard to manage if I had to factor in commuting time, too. Then, in 2016, the division I worked for announced that everyone in software dev had to start physically reporting to the office, and not just any IBM office, but the office where the management team that "owned" your product area was located. Because relocating was not an option for me or my family, I opted to leave IBM. The situation reeked of hypocrisy, since I did not ask to start working from home, and I feel that IBM reneged on an arrangement that they imposed. In truth, the "back to the labs" decision was just a way to reduce headcount. Layoffs disguised as policy decisions have become rampant the past few years, and anyone who thinks they can join IBM to make a long term contribution should think twice.

    Advice to Management

    Be more honest with employees - we can handle it. Don't pretend that employees are your greatest asset when you're discarding people left and right. Work on finding ways to keep employees engaged and loyal as opposed to coming up with creative accounting measures to get people to leave.


  8. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Sales in Washington, DC
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I always liked every manager I worked for. They ran their business but yet caring, respectful and were fair.

    Cons

    Too many management layers and these layers actually impeded progress.

    Advice to Management

    Let your managers manage, give them support and let them make decisions. They are a capable.


  9. "Portfolio Sales"

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    Current Employee - Portfolio Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Portfolio Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exposure to new technology. Innovative products. great benefits

    Cons

    Duplication of effort for weekly cadence/management meetings is ridiculous. Amount of time discussing vs. doing.

    Advice to Management

    Consider the sales cycle relative to forecast


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Used To Be Great"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Professional education opportunities and ability to expand your knowledge by working with some very smart people was great.

    Cons

    IBM is now inivating ways to bring employee moral to a new low in order to refocus the blame of a terrible CEO who should have been fired a few years ago. Company is now about saving executive careers rather than enhancing the careers of the real workers.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the CEO and replace the Board who supports her.


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