IBM Reviews

Updated 29 October 2014
Updated 29 October 2014
11,955 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 1321 reviews)

  • Work life balance ( Work from home) & wider opportunity if you have good network (in 1289 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life/balance depends entirely on the management of your individual projects (in 416 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 209 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good opportunities but limited pay. Flexible working house

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Advisor in Newcastle, England
    Former Employee - Human Resources Advisor in Newcastle, England

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours. Limited training. All in-house and unofficial. If your face fits you are fine. I was treated very well but other colllagues who were good performers where not as well rewarded

    Cons

    Compensation, no salary increases on promotion. Expect you to be in the role a min of 12 months before your even considered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    invest time and provide development opportunities

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Content Management, Cloud and Bif Data

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

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

    Pros

    If you keep quiet you can hide and be paid

    Cons

    No real growth as such , compensation is now that of similar subcontinent employers who are better at it ie:WiPro

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just keep on selling shares and plan for your exit, just after April 2015 should be ok...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst technology company I have worked for in my 25 year career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Solution Specialist in London, England
    Former Employee - Technical Solution Specialist in London, England

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Large company with a lot of career avenues to go down if you don't mind the cons (see below).
    High amount of 'Life' in the 'work/life' balance (because of the cons .. see below).

    Cons

    Highly bureaucratic company where staff are measured on their conformance to internal procedures and not measured on their ability (at least in software group sales).
    Poor pay with limited ability to gain annual raises that meet salaries of smaller technology companies.
    80% of employees focus is driven to be internal and not external on their customers where it should be.
    Very low innovation compared with the movers-and-shakers in the technology world right now.
    Very difficult to actually get anything done with any speed due to the bureaucratic culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move with the times. You are fast becoming outdated, if it hasn't happened already.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company to work for

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

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

    Pros

    Great quality people, great career development and very stable employer

    Cons

    Big big company that doesn't change very quickly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 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 (more than an 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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Cost cutter

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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

    great place for Senior Execs

    Cons

    Cost cut, cost cut, cost cut

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take out the huge ranks of VPs and hollow suits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    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 (more than an 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
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not the great company it used to be

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in London, England

    I have been working at IBM full-time (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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 (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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Once great, hope will recover

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in London, England

    I worked at IBM full-time (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

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