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Updated April 19, 2017
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  1. "Different company than 2 years ago"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analytics Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Analytics Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very smart people, focused on tactical

    Cons

    Eliminating telework - focusing more on millenial employee preferences.

    Advice to Management

    Balance outside hiring with nurturing existing employees


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Account Executive"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The IBM "brand" is still one of the most recognized brands in the world. Employees don't have to explain what the company does.

    Cons

    There is a complete disconnect between executive leadership and employees who work with customers every day. There are massive resource actions taking place at the end of every quarter based on sales performance - regardless of how these changes are impacting customers. There is very little research and development investment being made in legacy software solutions, instead IBM is putting all their eggs in the Watson (cognitive) basket. Product names are changing all the time but there's been very few capabilities added. The IBM Cloud is not a market leader by any sense of the imagination.

    Advice to Management

    Write off the Softlayer acquisition and get out of the cloud business. Partner with Amazon, much the same way you recently partnered with Salesforce.com


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    "IBM is driving peole away"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worldwide reach for projects, access to experts in your field, access to almost infinite online training.

    Cons

    Low and decreasing pay, lack of recognition (both monetary and public/social), lack of choice in projects, fear of losing job at any time, unfair and unsubstantiated ratings, impossible to be rated more than "acceptable."

    Advice to Management

    1. Pay people what they are worth, and ensure current employees are paid the market rate. Don't bring in new hires at higher pay than people who have many years experience and institutional knowledge of IBM.
    2. Look for, and find ways to recognize people. Managers are too overworked themselves to take time to nominate staff.
    3. Be transparent about how people are measured and how to be a superstar. Secret metrics only frustrate people.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Managing Consultant"

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

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

    Pros

    Very large multi-year complex projects @ IBM GBS.

    Cons

    Poor leadership. Poor advancement. No salary increases. No bonus. Monthly layoffs. Expected to work off hours and weekends and not record time. Contractor roles taken over employees. Zero loyalty.

    Advice to Management

    Do not oversell resource or software capabilities. Stop churning and burning internal resources. Reward employees over contractors. Set reasonable project time lines.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "A little cog in a big wheel"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people I met at IBM were beyond friendly and smart. There were others that weren't very good, just like at all companies. I had the opportunity to work on many projects that were interesting. Pay is good for my age level and experience.

    Cons

    -Constant fear of layoffs which do happen
    -Attrition levels are high
    -Pay is better elsewhere, hence why people leave.
    -The CBD program is not organized and doesn't adequately prepare kids to become fully chargeable.
    -IBM's sales are down and hence it has very few projects, this makes it tough to become utilized.
    -Upper management is atrocious and there are many senior people, who literally do nothing.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Partner"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Partner in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Partner in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The rank and file people are really smart and want to do well and help.

    Cons

    Senior Leadership is only out for their own Stock options and gain.

    Advice to Management

    Retire and bring in technical leadership to run a tech company.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Lost it's way"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Partner in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate Partner in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Workplace flexibility, both mobile and remote

    Cons

    Middle management - all 6 or 7 layers of it - act purely in self interest, keeping senior mgmt from knowing what is really happening and preventing employees from doing good things.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to the 90% of our clients who are not happy with us. Don't engage exclusively in self-congratulatory glad-handing amongst Sr. Execs


  9. "Consulting Nightmare"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good insight into corporate culture

    Cons

    No training
    No room for growth
    Barely any work to do
    Resources such as laptops are terribly slow
    Ask for a sign on bonus

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire people unless you are going to train them and have work for them to do


  10. "High Stress Sales"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Sales Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Technical Sales Specialist in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good base salary and opportunities for professional development. It's nice to be able to work from home when I am not meeting clients.

    Cons

    Soul crushing stress and too many layers of management. I spend half my time on reports and internal meetings to please management.


  11. Helpful (13)

    "IBM Acquisition to Destruction in just 4 years"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Unit Executive in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Business Unit Executive in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    We were initially thrilled to be acquired by IBM. However, the "Blue Washing" started immediately and destroyed everything good and unique about our company and product. While there are some good people (mostly waiting for retirement under the old pension plan), the work at home "benefit" and travel restrictions make it hard to meet them except on conference calls.

    Cons

    Terrible technology tools (Lotus Notes / Connections, W3 Intranet broken links, Expense Reporting) and a company run by Financial Engineering have destroyed everything good about IBM. Employee morale is awful with layoff after layoff, decreasing benefits and a culture of fear and mistrust. PBC rankings are used to deny raises and manage employees out yearly.

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate stock buybacks and reinvest 100% in the business before it's too late. Replace Rometty and Senior team with outside execs who understand the modern technology business.



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