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Updated Mar 29, 2014
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3.2 10,000 reviews

61% Approve of the CEO

IBM CEO Virginia Rometty

Virginia Rometty

(3,364 ratings)

58% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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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    inter in iBM

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    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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    Excellent career start

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat people who are very supportive in career path. Provide opportunities to enhance your career and grow with world class training.

    ConsLarge corporation processes and challenges. Internal processes need amendment as it is very unproductive. Slow to react onto changes internally.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great client experiences, Professional and Fun colleagues, but a terrible beureaucratic machine with poor ongoing reward

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee)

    ProsExcellent client projects
    Great people
    Amazing reputation

    ConsAwful clunky systems and processes
    Recognition and reward practices are based demonstrating actively an input above and beyond your colleagues....less about actual client feedback
    Poor offices

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    IBM Good to work for but could be better

    Technical Lead (Current Employee) Belfast, Northern Ireland

    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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    Why oh why oh why

    Senior Managing Consultant (Current Employee) London, England

    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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    Used to be a great company to work for but not any longer, sadly.

    Sales Account Manager (Former Employee) London, England

    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

    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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    Good placement year

    Intern (Former Employee) London, England

    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 Place to be

    Senior Managing Consultant (Current Employee) London, England

    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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    Disappointing

    Senior Consultant (Former Employee)

    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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