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Updated June 18, 2017
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  • You have to manage your work life balance or you'll end up doing the work of 2 or more people (in 916 reviews)

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  1. 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.


  2. 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

  3. "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.


  4. 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.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Work-Life Balance is lip service"

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    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.


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

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    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


  7. "Senior Consultant"

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    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.

  8. "Strategic Imperatives @ IBM"

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    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 ?


  9. Helpful (2)

    "IT Support Specialist III"

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    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


  10. "Think twice"

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    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


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