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IBM Reviews

Updated 30 January 2015
Updated 30 January 2015
12,766 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good

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    Current Employee - Support in London, England
    Current Employee - Support in London, England

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Flexi and good atmosphere. friendly people

    Cons

    allot traveling sometime and long hrs at work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

  2.  

    A very good company to work for, has good resources

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    The pay is.good as.well.as.the culture

    Cons

    The policy could be better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company, people make it.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There are loads of opportunities to grow in IBM, it's a solid employer with good benefits and great support for the employee.

    Cons

    Corporate orders undermine management in local areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stand together to create positive change.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    IBM Global Business Services

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Good introduction into consulting training when you join the company, great colleagues

    Cons

    High pressure on utilisation, admin process overload

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company but size causes issues.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Graduate in London, England
    Current Employee - IT Graduate in London, England

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

    Pros

    Exciting projects/clients
    Excellent network of people
    International opportunities
    Recognised brand

    Cons

    Too large/impersonal
    Lots of time-consuming/inefficient processes
    Employee benefits not very generous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We need to focus more on day-to-day work, and think how we can boost morale, boost EXISTING client confidence and make IBM an exciting, unique company rather than a generic corporation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Delivery Project Executive

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    Former Employee - Delivery Project Executive in London, England
    Former Employee - Delivery Project Executive in London, England

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    great working environment, learning opporunity, global exposure, blue chip clients

    Cons

    bureaucratic, no longer cutting edge, old guard needs changing, no personal life

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    see above

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Working at IBM

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in London, England

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunity for International Assignments if you are interested in international experience. Flexible working is the norm. Sales positions are very easy relative to other companies as most clients are keen to talk to IBMers. Education and skill development is encouraged.

    Cons

    Career Management is 100% down to the employee which was not the case 10 years ago and reward schemes used to be very generous. Salaries and commissions are not generous any more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on employee satisfaction - as it is essential for client satisfaction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    IT Contractor

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Interesting projects with the option to work with new technologies

    Cons

    Internal politics impact project goals

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Extremely varied work over the years but extremely process bound

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

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

    Pros

    As a permanent,
    * Variety in all respects: people, locations, technologies, languages, programming APIs.
    * Get to write some documentation and/or redbooks.

    Cons

    * You will become entirely stereotyped in job function. Having a technology you wish to pursue (in your own time) does not prevent you becoming trapped.
    * Get to read some documentation and/or redbooks.
    * Long hours (no overtime pay of course) and no / slow progression.
    * Ever descending morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more respectful of technical opinion even if it contradicts strategy. E.g. the 'Smart Cloud' of 2011 wasn't that smart whereas SoftLayer was smarter. This was well understood in 2011. How many other business-critical opinions are you sitting on?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Soulless, lumbering machine that is a shadow of its former self

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Structured career path, flexible working hours. Pay is competitive although career options are limited and you'll be lucky to get promoted more than once every five years. Technical promotions are possible to a very high level but you will have to spend a lot of your own time and money to progress against career goals that their is not budget for.

    Cons

    No pay rises even for good to high performances. Bonuses non existant in the last 5 years. Use stacked ranking and forced distribution meaning in small teams managers are forced to push high performers into OK/good rankings. TErrible tooling - eg Lotus notes and connections communities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drop the stacked ranking, allows managers to make their own ranking decisions based on budgets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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