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Updated 5 March 2015
Updated 5 March 2015
13,255 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work from home 2 days/week if you have to commute over 45 minutes to the office (in 1347 reviews)

  • Work life balance ( Work from home) & wider opportunity if you have good network (in 1315 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life/balance depends entirely on the management of your individual projects (in 423 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 214 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great learning and development opportunities

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Hursley, England
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Hursley, England

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Flexible working arrangements - work from home - can have shorter days if you make up elsewhere
    Instant messaging software which made communication and quick problem solving much more efficient
    Large sense of community in Foundation
    Professional development manager as well as task manager whom encourages development and enhancement of skills through different opportunities

    Cons

    The majority of my team members were dispersed all over the globe, this meant that I didn't meet most of them, even colleagues in other offices in England. Budget cuts meant limited travelling expenses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Team meetings and networking days at least once a year (for UK employees)
    A lot of process changes

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great experience

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    Current Employee - Senior IT Architect in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior IT Architect in London, England

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Good package, learning opportunities, multicultural environment.

    Cons

    First weeks are strange since no guidance is given.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More involvement with new hires.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Progressive and leading edge

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Presales Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Presales Consultant in London, England

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

    Pros

    Software acquisition strategy supports leading edge positioning and successful engagements. Colleagues are switched on and always ready to support, nurture and push.

    Cons

    Rate of change can be overwhelming. Promotion processes are prohibitively onerous. Culture demands travel as first option before remote working considered.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    IBM Salary for graduate consultant in London UK.

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    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England

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

    Pros

    Flexible working, and you are in control of own career path. Colleagues are happy to help and support you and answer your questions when needed. Opportunities for global travel.

    Cons

    Although it is seen as many as a positive to be in control of your career it is seen by many as a negative. I.E. finding your own roles, filling out lengthy applications for promotion. There is a lot of additional work to be done outside of working hours if you wish progress.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Learned a little bit, mostly from the technical side (Excel, Databases, Lotus Notes,...) but I was only an intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Technical side of work and good people there

    Cons

    Not that much challenging job, pay could be better

  7.  

    Great potential but too many blind-spots

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    So many to choose from. Ambition and confidence - the Smarter Planet story is a great example - IBM can improve the world, knows it and believes it. Who else could have created Watson? All those Nobel prizes, and its simple scale and breadth of capability.

    Cons

    Despite all the rhetoric and PR, has still not managed to compete the transformation from product provider to service provider - will not do so until it starts treating its people as human beings rather than stock (the way the UK pension changes were introduced is a perfect example). Still governed from the very top by a culture of bullying and no trust. May have a female CEO but no real diversity. Financial controls which were suited to surviving a recession but constrain growth. Bonus schemes which no-one understands.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Challenge the bullying which is reinforced by current management processes. Show employees some respect - stop fighting us over the pension issue - accept the court's decision and settle.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Test Engineer

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    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Good/life balance. Ability to work at home and flexible working hours.
    Interesting work and great people.
    Some great products

    Cons

    Managers will be not make decisions
    Very poor pay and bonuses
    PBC process is painful
    Promotions are difficult especially if your face doesn't fit
    bureaucratic to the nth degree
    No training budget at all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Abolish the PBC appraisal system
    Focus on staff moral

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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    Former Employee - Professional Services Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Professional Services Consultant in London, England

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

    Pros

    Many of IBM's internal processes are years ahead of even their closest rivals. The work is intense and high pressured, however, the amount of knowledge that you have access to is second to none. I was at IBM for 14 years and now have a wealth of knowledge and experience, which I have found to be much in demand, when it came to looking for another job.

    Cons

    IBM tends to 'restructure' every 5 minutes, which is IBM's way of saying that it's going through a redundancy programme. This puts tremendous pressure on all those that remain. If you work less than 50 hours in a week, then consider yourself lucky.. People seem to be left to their own devices with no clear guidance from management. Internal tools are almost unusable, as they are slow, disjointed and fragmented. so be prepared to experience painful levels of frustration.

    Having gone from a Manufacturing to a Services company, it is still being run with a Manufacturing mentality which very rarely compliments the needs of its customers.

    Focus seems to be only on how to keep shareholders happy, with no thought on the best way of doing that in the long term. Initiatives to obtain this at times just highlights that employees are nothing more than numbers on a spread sheet, and that you are either generate revenue, or you are a cost.

    If you decide to take up an opportunity to join IBM, you should do so with the aim of learning as much as possible in as short a time as possible, and then, perhaps, look outside of IBM for your next career opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please try to plan a little further ahead than the end of the next quarter as knee jerk reactions to being under target for either revenue or savings, just highlights that there is no long term plan, or that if there is, then it's being run in a very incompetent manor..

    Promote some people to the board who actually understand and have a background of how to deliver Services to a customer rather than products. It may not sound it, but there is a huge gulf of differences between how you deliver these.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    10% Genius, 90% Mediocrity

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    Former Employee - Senior IT Specialist in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior IT Specialist in London, England

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

    Pros

    Some really sharp and innovative people. They acquire some really great companies. Scope to move around within IBM. Great to have it on your CV.

    Cons

    Layer upon later of soul-crushing pointless managers. They destroy some really great acquisitions. Lots of people who have made a career out of sending emails full of the latest buzzwords and having meetings about having meetings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of all the bureaucracy and encourage the innovation and agility that you pay lip service to. Stop culling employees - it creates an awful culture.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good work life balance but lack of interest in employees.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

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

    Pros

    Mobile work arrangements, large company with numerous opportunities to move, great pension contributions.

    Cons

    Lack of investment back into product. It's all about numbers for IBM to satisfy shareholders at the expense of reinvestment into product development. Continuous hiring restrictions on professional hires. Instead, straight out of school, inexperienced or outsourced developers are used because they are cheaper but require lengthy training before contributing towards productivity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest into employees, invest into products. Stop buying successful companies only because you are interested in 1/5 of the company and will neglect and destroy the rest of it.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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