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IBM Reviews

Updated 27 April 2015
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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. Senior Consultant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Not as aggressive as Big 4 employers; friendly culture and everyone is encouraged to grow, learn and excel

    Cons

    Utilisation- like with any other consultancy

    Advice to Management

    Use the right people for the right role; not just based on availability

  2. business analyst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    diverse projects and opportunities to tailor you interests

    Cons

    working for big company could mean go unrecognised

  3. Project manager in the uk.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good people who are down to earth unlike other consultancies. Lack of arrogance in lower levels of the organisation.

    Cons

    Level of bureaucracy is mad. Also, there are multiple business units, GBS, GTS.... None of whom work well together because of politics.

    Advice to Management

    Too many people focus on managing upwards to achieve a good appraisal rating. This is counter productive as it takes focus from doing the job.

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  5. Was amazing, could be again, lost it's way recently

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits, Range of roles, Range of markets/clients

    Cons

    Demotivated staff, Work related stress, Lack of salary growth for long term staffers

    Advice to Management

    Invest in people again, motivation has dropped to a point where the best people are leaving.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Industry leader

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    Former Employee - Senior IT Specialist in New Bedfont, England
    Former Employee - Senior IT Specialist in New Bedfont, England

    I worked at IBM

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work with the best technologies used across all industry sectors. Generally treat people well.

    Cons

    Recent years have impacted IBM and is not the same as it was when I joined

    Advice to Management

    Keep and incentivise the hard working staff that have been loyal.

  7. The elephant can barely walk

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    Former Employee - IT Architect in Hursley, England
    Former Employee - IT Architect in Hursley, England

    I worked at IBM

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Other smart people to work with (in GBS and SWG). Range of client and projects is good if you are willing to travel all the time and get lucky (hear about them, get yourself a role).
    Brand name still worth something. Some technical capability unlike shiny suit fat tie 'pure' consultancies.

    Cons

    Sorry to have resigned from the company (remembering how it was) but not sorry to be away from the current IBM. I didn't go under a severance package so I'm not gagged unlike colleagues who would be balancing the obvious shills pumping up Glassdoor with happy-happy reviews.

    Strategically IBM became slow to move, missing opportunities and falling behind on technology. I mean, way behind.

    Grinding itself into the dirt with bureaucracy and treatment of employees. Morale is in the toilet, complete lack of respect at every turn. I was consistently 1 and 2+ rated, but terrible salary and bonus requests - only offered once I resigned.

    First line management is a powerless puppet. I didn't see my manager face-to-face for >12 months, and had to call him up on my last day to say goodbye and tell him where my laptop/corp card was.

    Plenty of idiots with no skills but shifty slopey shoulders, particularly in GTS/SO, in my experience.

    Embarassingly bad to do business with from a client point of view.

    Constant travel in consulting - ruins personal/family life. That is the nature of the job, but glad to have left it behind.

    B-S free-work under the guise of "giveback". Look, I've given you 20 hours of travel and 60 hours of work, how about giving me something back ? And if its worth doing, its worth IBM investing in.

    Dangling the carrot of progression - but you have to spend hours of your own time to jump through hoops just to get more of the same for no guarenteed salary hike. Errr...how about 'no' ?

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your technical leaders. Don't force them to become just like you (project manager/sales roles).

    Invest money - your money not your employees' spare time - in service offerings and technical solutions, not just hope to harvest and re-use from projects. Its not just hardware and software products which need innovation and investment.

    Various UK management in skilled groups - leave and form a small consultancy of your own. You don't need Armonk or their local UK and European tar pit to be successful - corporate is a drag not a help.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Fantastic company to work for, great experience.

    Current Employee - Consultant in Warwick, West Midlands, England
    Current Employee - Consultant in Warwick, West Midlands, England

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The people - everyone is great to work with.

    Cons

    Long hours - the hours are long.

  9. Senior Project Manager

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Autonomy, flexibility, great colleagues to work with

    Cons

    Lack of promotion prospects or salary progression

  10. Excellent Team

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The great benefits of working for IBM is the range of opportunities to work on. You also get to work with a very dedicated group of people.

    Cons

    A worrying time for IBM at the moment

  11. Good people, bad management

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

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great people to work with
    Interesting projects
    Access to wide range of interesting analytics technology
    Good work / life balance
    Lots of opportunities to take on extra responsibility early in your career, if you want it
    Fast progression if you work for it

    Cons

    Senior management treats you as a cost to be minimised as opposed to someone who is earning the firm money
    Lots of bureaucracy

    Advice to Management

    Stop cutting costs - there's nothing left to cut! Growth requires investment.

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