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IBM Reviews

Updated 21 April 2015
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  1. SME

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SME in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - SME in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits are Ok ,as well 401k

    Cons

    A lot off projects

    Advice to Management

    More education for new technology

  2. Good place to work overall

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, good benefits, some cool projects. Good learning opportunities, interesting work environment.

    Cons

    Long hours at times, high turnover, small fish in a big pond.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees making decisions. Be more open towards career path. Incentavize better at lower levels.

  3. Large Organization

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at IBM

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Resource bench is deep, very deep. Excellent.

    Cons

    Strategically slow. Think turning around battleship.

    Advice to Management

    Be adaptable, relevant and adroit.

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  5. Sr. SAP HCM Consultany

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior SAP HCM Consultant in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Senior SAP HCM Consultant in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at IBM

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, great work culture

    Cons

    No bonus for the last 3 years

    Advice to Management

    Too much other things consultants have to do. e.g .Expenses are a headache.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Overall Company Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Partner in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Partner in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at IBM

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Higher level philosophical purpose (to be essential), excellent marketing campaigns (Smarter Planet), smart people and great talent, diverse set of capabilities and offerings to solve practically any problem, great brand name

    Cons

    Too self-serving as opposed to client-focused at times, bureaucratic and process focused in managing business, leadership detached from employees and their needs, any person is one quarter away of loosing their jobs based on stock performance

    Advice to Management

    Pay closer attention to developing people and aligning them with the right roles. Allow for more movement of people across brands for a more enriching career growth. Put the client first in structuring contracts and make it easier to do business with IBM.

  7. Good company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Des Plaines, IL (US)
    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Des Plaines, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    This company is flexible in work

    Cons

    I feel there is lots of politics

    Advice to Management

    Please avoid politics

  8. Not what is used to be - Caution

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Well Educated workforce, Most employees work from their home, autonomy, Starting Salary, Opportunity to change departments. Negotiate for your salary upfront during the hiring process as that is when you have the best leverage and power to negotiate. Salary ranges at IBM are huge.

    Cons

    Low salary increases with several years of no salary increases during my 18 years of employment with an MS degree. Twice I had to take pay cuts to keep my job by moving to a different department, Minimal commitment to continuing education through internal or external education. Little support for external industry certifications which are valued by companies. High Management churn as I had 14 managers in 18 years and only 2 of those managers are still with the company, Benefits have been cut over the years, Stock purchase plan is poor. Many groups compete against one another. Many patents but few new products. The company changed greatly during the 18 years I worked there. Most of the company growth is through acquisitions.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees like you would like to be treated. Be committed to educating your employees to keep up with current technology that is valued by industry. Eliminate layers of management that can be as high as 8 to 13 layers. Innovate with new products rather than bragging about patents. Eliminate overlapping products that compete against themselves. Be a trend setter rather than follower - Me to type of company.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Great place to learn on the job. More and More Miserly across the board.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at IBM

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, very bright and lots of R&D. Health and 401K are very good, except that they moved to giving the company match only at the end of the year - so either you stay and get it or you loose it. You also loose the benefit of investing through the year instead of one day. Flexibility is great and IBM knows how to get work done, irrespective of where you are (home, beach, office).

    Cons

    Employees are not given good incentives and growth opportunities are not even. Too much work for very little monetary rewards. Some have been lucky to be in positions that have great rewards.

    Advice to Management

    Its not all about the Stock market price. Look within.

  10. Good Company if you can handle the Bureaucracy

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Brand Portfolio Seller in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Brand Portfolio Seller in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Many smart people at IBM. Especially in the R&D and product management organizations.
    Global reach. Great name recognition.
    Great benefits including 401K matching.
    Opportunities for younger staff members to learn and grow from more seasoned veterans.

    Cons

    100% Self-service culture. No administrative support. Must learn complex processes on your own via trial and error.
    Constant change to account lists, product mix, and reporting structures makes continuity challenging.
    Some products are great, market-leading and cutting edge. Others are terribly stale and based on old technology.
    Size of organization creates many highly complex processes for everything. Even the simplest of tasks often seem terribly complex and take an inordinate amount of time.
    For example, getting a quote approved with special terms to go through a channel partner can be a 1-2 week process. 3 business days if you expedite and invest hours walking it through the approval process.

    Advice to Management

    Simplify your processes to streamline sales operations in order to remain competitive.
    Keep people on the same accounts for an extended period of time to allow them to build relationships.
    Provide administrative assistance to high paid employees so they are not spending their time doing mundane tasks.

  11. Similar to Federal Goverment

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Brand Sales in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Brand Sales in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to hide if you want to be a slacker just get connected to management to cover for you.

    Cons

    Have destroyed every acquisition acquired. Endless levels of management hiding behind excel spreadsheets.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company off.

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