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Updated Apr 14, 2014
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IBM CEO Virginia Rometty

Virginia Rometty

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  • "Work/Life balance and they still have some of the smartest people in the industry"
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Cons:
  • "Work/life balance has magically morphed to work/life integration meaning your life is your work"
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  • "Practitioners on the other hand literally abuse the "Work from home" culture and "Sick leaves""
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Used to be a great company to work for but not any longer, sadly.

Sales Account Manager (Former Employee)
London, England

I worked at IBM full-time for more than 5 years

ProsYou get to work with a lot of talented people, with opportunity to develop and grow professionally. Opportunity to diversify if you invest your time making the right contacts.

ConsMany of those talented people have left and not replaced, leaving a top heavy management structure. Moral in the hardware side of the business is at rock bottom and looks like it's going to get worse before it gets better.

Advice to Senior ManagementValue your people in actions as well as words.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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2014 at IBM

Senior Managing Consultant (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at IBM part-time for more than 10 years

ProsRe-inventng new solutions for latest industry challenges
Good client base
Knowledgeable and supportive colleagues
Supports flexible working

ConsCareer progression very slow even when recognised as top performer
Not people focused - all about the money
Training is always cancelled
Hugely process driven

Advice to Senior ManagementReduce bureaucracy
Allow greater autonomy

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at IBM as an intern

Proscritical protocol, standard management, free environment.

Conslow efficiency, long waiting time for approval. major clients come from state -run banks and companies, guan xi is complicated.

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IBM Good to work for but could be better

Technical Lead (Current Employee)
Belfast, Northern Ireland

I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 5 years

ProsFlexible with lots of opportunity within IBM, good terms and conditions, interesting and challenging work. Moving around within IBM is encouraged and will help your career, which also keeps things interesting.

Consbureaucratic, too many procedure that get in the way. Internal politics

Advice to Senior ManagementSimplify process, Simplify products, Trust employee judgement and give more autonomy.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great Place to be

Senior Managing Consultant (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at IBM as a contractor for more than 3 years

ProsExcellent people to work with. Best in the world.

ConsToo rigid to operate in. Lots of process. Big and slow.

Advice to Senior ManagementStay innovating.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good placement year

Intern (Former Employee)
London, England

I worked at IBM as an intern for more than a year

ProsWorking for a top blue chip adds value to your CV.
Globally diverse and integrated teams.
The experience around you varies enormously from interns to specialists that were there 30 years ago.
Good social experiences.
Very supportive of interns.
Some very great supportive people.
A lot of courses available.
Good training of interns, for skill development.
Also there are schemes to get women into technology. A lot of events for development and guest speakers.

ConsThey do not offer a direct route to the grad scheme for their interns.
Some interns literally do nothing. However majority, and especially in my time, worked long hours, with no pay and it is expected of you.
Sometimes there is favouritism, by the development managers, and sometimes the work you do goes unnoticed if you are not highly connected with the development managers.

Advice to Senior ManagementFairer view of reviewing the interns.

Perhaps be less strict with applications and flexible.
Overall I would definitely work there again.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great for grads, otherwise pretty dire

Anon (Current Employee)
Portsmouth, South East England, England

I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 10 years

ProsStay long enough, you'll get reasonable severence
Excellent productivity tools
Fantastic colleagues/great team
Generally, a supportive and encouraging first line management team

ConsPressure on management to downgrade at annual appraisal
Bonus/pay freezes
YoY 10% expense (headcount) reductions, if you aren't in a growth region/in a Center of Excellence your job is probably at risk
Crazy working hours

Advice to Senior ManagementRemove silos
Stop the constant headcount reductions - cull then allow the team to recover - you can't be prodcutive and innovative when depressed

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Why oh why oh why

Senior Managing Consultant (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 8 years

Prosgreat capabilities, really bright people who want to do excellent, insightful and exciting work for clients

Consprocess bound, difficult to harness capabilities for a client across lines of business and across geos - it does happen but it takes a lot of effort to make it work

Advice to Senior Managementbreak down the silos, change the reward systems

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Employees extremely profession and technically competent.

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at IBM full-time

Pros“Excellent resources to conduct product development, manufacturing and research facilities and tools to conduct first class research and development. Company provides many sources to learn…”

Cons“In recent years, opportunities to travel to conferences have diminished…”

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your minions.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Disappointing

Senior Consultant (Former Employee)

I worked at IBM full-time for more than 5 years

ProsOpportunity to travels and if in the right division of GBS, ability to work in multiple industries

Consdouble standards, no work/life balance, very fashionable, little support in the field, lots of promises on career opp, little if none delivered, pretended to be a meritocracy for promotion but was in fact completely patronage based.

Advice to Senior Managementstop over-promising to employees and customers, and start actually delivering!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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