IBM Reviews in Houston, TX

Updated 18 September 2014
Updated 18 September 2014
11,580 Reviews
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Pros
  • Most managers are pretty flexible if you want to work from home a couple days a week (in 1228 reviews)

  • There are no unrealistic expectations causing work-life balance to be messed up (in 1189 reviews)


Cons
  • Though the company espouses work life balance there is no getting away from work (in 373 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 202 reviews)

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  1.  

    This is a stable and fast-growing enviornment, great benefits, and potential transfer within the company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Lead  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Houston, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    fast growing environment, great benefits, work/life balance

    Cons

    no salary increase, too many procedures to follow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promotions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Reached a peak of job satisfaction 5-7 years ago, downhill since then

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Architect  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - IT Architect in Houston, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Work from home arrangements, Name recognition, dealing with a global team... you will meet everyone from everywhere, but only if you travel on business. Benefits are still good, compared to other places, but being reduced each year.

    Cons

    IBM has a huge work from home culture, however I wouldn't necessarily call it work-life balance, as you are always expected to drop what you are doing 24/7 for conference calls. Your manager may be in another country and from a culture which is not similar to your own... but you will change managers every year and the only thing the new manager will know about you is what your previous manager tells them in the turn-over meeting. I probably had 8 managers in the last decade while staying in the same job role. I only ever met 2 of them in person.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not really worth the time, the band 9 and 10 managers have no power to influence or change anything, and the people above them do not listen to anything from "the ranks"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Not exactly the company I envisioned.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Medical and dental insurance were good. Company sought to grow it's consulting business, but it's not happening fast enough to keep up with competitors.

    Cons

    In my division there was very little growth. Most jobs were migrating to India or South America. During the 12 years I was employed, I probably only received a small raise very other year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I realize that the business is global, but IBM needs to start caring about it's employees as people, not as just a body filling a chair.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Leader in (Reducing) Employee Benefits

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    IBM provides good employee benefits but they are also leader in reducing cost by introducing some interesting policy twists. It has a lot of good internal opportunities. Good learning opportunities for new and upcoming technologies

    Cons

    IBM is a slow adopter of new technologies and is a follower in the industry. Very slow growth and currently undergoing lot of cost cutting measures. Lot of pressure on employees to meet the 2015 roadmap. Long term development goals are sacrificed to make the quarter

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    CURRENT & Future employment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Specialist  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great people in S&D and excellent MGT... GBS could use some classes in how to treat employees with respect and not verbal abuse - Just a few bad apples and it rolls down from there. But other manager are great and will help you all they can!! Some of the smartest people in the world!

    Cons

    You work in your job description and that is about it.. NOT too much room to branch out BUT lots of mobility across the silos after your 2 year commitment. Be sure you manage your our career as it is up to you to get ahead... Negotiate pay on the way in as in sales... that is where your base stays.... ONE you leave - you will be labeled "IBM" and the employer will assume you cannot sell without the entire BUS.. so other jobs are difficult to get... but you will get lots of interviews since IBM has good reputation..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    explain to employees that they need to manage their own careers as their managers will not...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Long-time employee with consistent always highly rated employee; didn't matter as I was forced to take early retirement.

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    Former Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Professionalism of co-workers and employees.

    Cons

    Employees are a means to an end. Respect for and support of employees is "slim to none."

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Technician

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Team Lead  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Technical Team Lead in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pay is very competitive and benefits are good

    Cons

    Time spent working can be consuming

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Sound, Pioneer Company that is dedicated to training it's employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Technical Specialist  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Client Technical Specialist in Houston, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Big emphasis on training it's employees if you are in a customer facing role whether it is sales or technical it is required that you not only attend but pass Global Sales School and it is intense!

    Cons

    Big emphasis on reports, certifications in your field. If you're in a technical role your success is contingent on your sales specialists success and your bonus payout is paid quarterly. You are ranked among your peers and pay grade so, there is no guarantee that you will get a payout. Pay raises are only given to the top 1%

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    It was truly a learning experience for me

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Technical Specialist  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Client Technical Specialist in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They take every action to ensure your success. They value training

    Cons

    To rigid, uptight, business casual atmosphere but still has the blue suit white shirt, red tie mentality

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Deployment Manager  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Deployment Manager in Houston, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits. Excellent management. Talented professionals.

    Cons

    Moving some IT work offshore to be competitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Higher level management works a lot of overtime.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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