IBM Reviews

Updated 17 September 2014
Updated 17 September 2014
11,580 Reviews
3.1
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Really enjoyed the atmosphere. Amazing!

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England

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

    Pros

    They give you a learning environment a fresh grad requires. In my point of view when a person graduates he should apply for IBM to get a good experience.

    Cons

    Tasks are very challenging and it builds critical thinking and problem solving skills.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Once great, hope will recover

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    Former Employee - Managing Consultant  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in London, England

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

    Pros

    Lots of variety - can move to all sorts of interesting areas
    Some great, decent people
    Generally positive, helpful & decent culture
    Fantastic global coverage, excellent research & comprehensive products & solutions
    Reasonable long term prospects

    Cons

    Overly financially engineered - lurch from quarter to quarter - bad one leads to resource actions
    Generally dour management style, many uninspiring leaders - though many exceptions
    Can be overbearing IBM, Deep Blue culture
    Normal death by powerpoint & conference call

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to provide some variety & inspiration to staff
    Kill unnecessary internal conf calls / huge presentations - focus relentlessly on client
    Continue focus on future opportunities, keeping best attributes from heritage

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Work you hard and employees are just a number

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Some teams are more lenient about working from home than others.

    Cons

    Company is run by Accountants who only care about the dollars and not the people
    They treat you just like a number. In fact you are identified by a serial number.
    Management can be ruthless.
    Company is unethical

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the hire and fire policy. You are messing with peoples lives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the great company it used to be

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

    Opportunities, variety of roles. Usually very good people to work with on projects. When I joined 19 years I thought this was an amazing company with great inspirational leaders that cared and invested in people.

    Cons

    Motivational leadership is non existent compared to the past. The leaders of the business today just shout at people to do more and reduce costs. People are costs that need to be removed
    Strategy changing all the time no clear direction.
    Benefits are poor and getting worse

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop cutting costs to focus on EPS which only benefits the top managers with large share options. Consider investing in the people and the business to grow the revenue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    The mighty have fallen

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Belfast, Northern Ireland

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

    Pros

    Good name for CV
    Decent pension contribution

    Cons

    Poor salary
    Corporate politics
    Focus on sales rather than development

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your staff what they are worth
    Understand that development are the creators of what sales are trying to sell

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Low morale and dysfunctional management

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    Current Employee - Sales Specialist  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in London, England

    I have been working at IBM full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good learning environment
    Good exposure to large clients

    Cons

    Dysfunctional management only focused on quarterly metrics rather than business growth
    Low morale due to cuts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on growth rather than conflicting targets that make no sense.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great opportunities. Sub-optimal processes

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

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

    Pros

    Include:
    - choose (for the most part) what you want to do
    - feels like being self-employed but with a regular salary
    - constant reinvention
    - market leader; in almost every field in which IBM chooses to do business
    - intellectually stimulating.

    You will be working with lots of very bright, motivated people.

    Cons

    Some of the internal processes are cumbersome to say the least.
    An obsession with quarterly reporting, billable hours and too little focus on building the sales pipeline.
    It's probably easier to get promoted by moving outside of IBM, especially at senior level.
    If you are on a long term project far from home, travel can be debilitating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Moderate the strategic timeline to be more driven over a longer time span. Quarterly results-driven thinking does not build a happy work force and the frequent allocations of, and then chopping of budgets like travel or training is demoralizing. While stock price is a very important metric it is not the only metric defining success.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Leading With Fear

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

    Flexible working with the right leadership team.
    Great opportunity to learn via online education, finding the time to do it is a different thing...

    Cons

    Pay rises stopped some time in the 90's. Everyone is too frightened to ask in case they get put on the twice yearly redundancy list.
    No perks. Staff canteens are more expensive than Marks and Spencers yet worse than a Little Chef.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They know what they need to do - Look after their staff.
    They choose not to.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    IBM is going downhill (FAST)

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

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

    Pros

    It used to be a great company.
    It has great staff at consultant level.

    Cons

    The leadership is simply woeful (especially UK GBS).
    The views, feelings, and opinions of staff are simply not considered (that is the truth, no matter what they say).
    Business is going from bad to worse.
    They over-complicate things, lack innovation, fail to recognise real talent.
    The Peter Principle rules in IBM, people are promoted to their level of incompetence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out. Bring in new management who are competent to lead this business.
    Just because 3% of the work IBM does is world class should not blind you to the 97% of average and poor work delivered.

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

    Out of touch workforce & out of control legacy products. Struggling to change years too late.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Hursley, England
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Hursley, England

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities to get out and about, if you are in the correct role - and have funding (almost impossible currently).
    Surrounded by plenty of smart people.
    Ridiculously good looking locations.
    IBM still looks good on a CV.
    Plenty of opportunities to move around the portfolio and also change job role.

    Shows hope of changing for the better.

    Cons

    Disappointing IBM wide culture, few willing to adapt to changes in the industry.
    Some employees respond to stack ranking by undermining others.
    New products behind, out of touch and still do not focus on the end user.
    Massively out of touch marketing efforts scare developers from IBM's latest products.
    Disappointing and insulting graduate and intern hiring schemes.
    Poor/no on-boarding process for new hires.
    Incorrect and disgraceful process in places. Employees frequently prevented from working by individuals on irrelevant box ticking power trips.
    Auditability over usability, if you care about working at pace with good tools - go elsewhere.
    Lots of IBM skills are useless outside of IBM - many find it hard to jump out of the company.
    Death by power point / conference call is frequent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't just talk about change, the culture needs to change.
    Focus improvements on the workforce, making radical changes if required.
    IBM is nothing without it's employees, put them first and give them what they need.
    No more half measures with new products.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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