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IBM Reviews

Updated 17 December 2014
Updated 17 December 2014
12,328 Reviews
3.1
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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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  1.  

    Techincal Consultant - graduate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Good training program
    support and help is provided

    Cons

    long working hours
    restrictions in terms of roles available, depending on your line of business

    Recommends
  2.  

    Large Company with a wide range of opportunities

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

    Investing a lot in the latest technologies - Cloud, Social, Mobile, Analytics
    Lots of interesting customers
    Opportunity to work with global teams
    Lots of very talented people in the company
    Good flexible working arrangements

    Cons

    Often have to work away from home during the week

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Worked as an intern in Human Resources at IBM.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    I liked the team I worked in and there was generally a nice atmosphere and approach to things.

    Cons

    I don't think I really had enough meaningful or useful work to be doing.

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  5.  

    So far so good

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

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    * Friendly people - in fact the people really make the company

    Cons

    * As an experienced hire you'd think they would have roles for you when you start - instead you have to go find roles yourself
    * Having to find roles that suit can be challenge - even when people tell you your skills are required
    * A lot of politics which are out of your control - how can you move forward with innovative ideas if your having to get things signed off by global

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Simple

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    Current Employee - IT Architect in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - IT Architect in Manchester, England

    I have been working at IBM (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company,some of the most brilliant technical minds anywhere

    Cons

    Focus all on numbers and stock value

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People are key

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    sales > 5 years

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    Current Employee - Client Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Client Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

    legacy, 100 years, stability, work life balance, innovation, brand value, variety, impressive people, broad portfolio

    Cons

    complex, no urgency, bureaucratic, cost constraints, slow to adopt change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    steer from CAMSS, pay sales on strategic directives not legacy LOBs

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Lost sight of employees - too much focus on share price

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Wide range of opportunities across the whole spectrum

    Cons

    Too much focus on the share price

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to core values of 80s and 90s.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Up in the air

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Flexible and mobile working
    Mostly great people

    Cons

    Focus on cost cutting
    Draconian, knee jerk measures with very short term view
    Back office not respected

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If employees are happy, so also our clients.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Heading downwards and this getting faster

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Portsmouth, South East England, England
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Portsmouth, South East England, England

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

    Pros

    Flexible working (wihin the long hours), co-workers mostly good, some benefits are not bad. Can be a variety of roles if you push to take them.

    Cons

    Leadership, direction, and even local management is generally appalling. Process and admin way way over tthe top. Treated like naughty children. No prospects without tons of paperword. Impossibld targets and hours for zero recognition especially pay. No pay rise of any meaningful nature for over a decade. Steer clear unless you need a job and its local to you!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit and hire your replacements from OUTSIDE IBM. Stop messing with share buybacks as the shares are doomed anyway when the major investors realise what is going on (ie very little that makes money). Stop lining yournown andnhe share holders pockets and give the employees a big pay rise. Forgo any profits for at least he next 2 years and use the to invest in employees and fixing issues.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Company

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    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

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

    Pros

    Variety of projects, a lot of training

    Cons

    Learn to look after staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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