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Updated December 21, 2016
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  • The hours are very long with a poor work/life balance (in 799 reviews)

  • There is an expectation to work long hours to progress within the company (in 398 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Work-Life Balance is lip service"

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of challenging opportunities available, and being a large company, IBM offers a large variety of projects for you to work on. The people are nice and generally hard working. If you want to find another project to work on, your manager will work with you and not stand in your way.

    Cons

    The only time I heard anything about work-life balance was at New Hire Orientation. After that, hours could sometimes be 70 hours a week, and almost every weekend required working, with no recognition from management. If you do something you think you deserve credit for, it's up to you to speak up -- no place for a shrinking violet who waits for good things to come. This isn't just because it's a large company, it also happens on smaller projects and teams.

    Advice to Management

    For all the corporate push to adapt and change, which is essential in today's business environment, too many people and teams refuse to change. They attempt Agile practices, but using old methods and tech. IBM has invested a lot in new technologies and services, but when employees aren't too over-worked to be able to pay attention, they are afraid to change under the trope "if it ain't work, don't fix it." Also, you need to provide training for managers -- and not just employees labeled as Managers. They seem to be making things up as they go along.


  2. "No raises for over 5 years, impossible utilization targets,"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Lots to learn and access to immense knowledge pools

    Cons

    NO raises in over 5 years
    Pay for performance is self-defeating
    110% utilization targets which are impossible to achieve unless you take 0 vacations AND work 48 hours a week.

    Advice to Management

    treat your employees like human beings, not money making machines


  3. "Senior Consultant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Project allowed telework 5 days/week.

    Cons

    Absolutely NO work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    My company was acquired by IBM. Almost all employees from former company left IBM within 2 years of acquisition.


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  5. "Strategic Imperatives @ IBM"

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

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Agree change in in order . Some very classy folks work there.

    Cons

    Strategic Imperatives - This is Code for we blew it the last N cycles, so to convince the market we will re-invent ourselves this year we propose a new "Strategy" .this year.

    Advice to Management

    Decide what you want to be in technology, stick with it for more than the next cycle.
     Business outlook largely a function of accounting artistry, vs organic growth.

    What does Warren say, sold/ not sold ?


  6. Helpful (2)

    "IT Support Specialist III"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Support Specialist III in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - IT Support Specialist III in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very competitive and opportunities for "potential" growth. Very knowledgeable colleagues

    Cons

    IBM processes for everything are by far the most stringent and horribly inconvenient for emplyees of IBM

    Advice to Management

    We understand IBM is one of the most secure tech companies in the world. But lot of your processes are overkill and arent conducive to rapid problem solving


  7. "Think twice"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Not so sure about the pros. Competitive salaries and benefits for as long as you can find consulting engagement opportunities.

    Cons

    IBM = I am by myself.
    Might look like a pun but it is the reality if you are a consultant with IBM GBS (Global Services)

    Advice to Management

    Management is there only to fill the paper work and there is plenty of paper work to be filled. Probably no other company can beat the bureaucratic system at IBM


  8. Helpful (2)

    "IBM Tivoli Sales group"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Able to work remotely. Big name brand helps open sales doors.

    Cons

    Compensation dropped year after year based upon the calculations they kept changing on how sales personnel were compensated. No visibility into upper management or the decisions they make. Too much internal competition between organizations that are supposed to support each other. Dog eat dog environment.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck keeping quality people with your current policies and bad decision making.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "IBM is fine, nothing more"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Brand name.
    Make it easy to work remotely / from home

    Cons

    Administrative burden can be ridiculous
    Terrible people management structure
    very difficult to get recongnized for good work if work doesn't involve sales


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Grindhouse"

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

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

    Pros

    Three week vacation
    Client facing
    Opportunities to be placed in high responsibility positions once senior leads leave the projects they've ruined

    Cons

    Poor management
    Poor skill development
    Poor work/life balance
    Poor compensation compared to competitors

    Advice to Management

    More focus on existing employees
    Pay to retain talent


  11. "Eh. Good benefits, but culture is hit or miss"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This company offers great benefits

    Cons

    People can be ruthless and mean, unclear how to meet org objectives. Contract work often contradicts org policy.



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