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IBM Reviews

Updated Mar 29, 2014
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3.2 10,000 reviews

61% Approve of the CEO

IBM CEO Virginia Rometty

Virginia Rometty

(3,358 ratings)

57% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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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    2 people found this helpful  

    Employees extremely profession and technically competent.

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) London, England

    Pros“Excellent resources to conduct product development, manufacturing and research facilities and tools to conduct first class research and development. Company provides many sources to learn…”

    Cons“In recent years, opportunities to travel to conferences have diminished…”

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your minions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    My experience has been goo

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIBM is a big organization..professional, process oriented and very flexible work culture

    Conspromotions are slow especially if you are in GD, Salaries are much lower than Industry standard

    Advice to Senior Managementalign the pay structure at least with the industry. pay attention to career goals and aspirations

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great for grads, otherwise pretty dire

    Anon (Current Employee) Portsmouth, South East England, England

    ProsStay long enough, you'll get reasonable severence
    Excellent productivity tools
    Fantastic colleagues/great team
    Generally, a supportive and encouraging first line management team

    ConsPressure on management to downgrade at annual appraisal
    Bonus/pay freezes
    YoY 10% expense (headcount) reductions, if you aren't in a growth region/in a Center of Excellence your job is probably at risk
    Crazy working hours

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemove silos
    Stop the constant headcount reductions - cull then allow the team to recover - you can't be prodcutive and innovative when depressed

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Big company with all the opportunities you could imagine, even some that you couldn't

    Analyst (Former Employee) London, England

    ProsVery good sharp people around you to share intelligent conversations with. Good set-in-stone processes so it is quite easy to learn the ropes, especially as there are teamrooms to capture most processes. Of course you feel like you are working for a prestigious company and know that it will look great on your CV. Hot desking keeps your weeks versatile.

    ConsSurely should be offering free food, no? Lotus Notes is a dinosaur, the whole word is moving to Outlook. Very talented people given simple jobs, which are bound to bore them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCut the blatant favoritism. this is work not school.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good internship with IBM UK

    Technical Presales (Former Employee) Warwick, West Midlands, England

    ProsWhile I cannot speak about the rest of the company as a whole, the internships give you the chance to work on real world problems in a truly unique environment with truly unique people. The opportunities to experiment in different roles away from your comfort zone. You choose how you want to develop, you could get through this just by "doing your job" but by giving that little bit more you can make your time exceptional.

    ConsThey cannot offer anyone who works to an exceptional standard during their internship a position on the graduate scheme.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive the ability to move people directly from the internship to the graduate scheme, otherwise keep up this excellent work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    5 people found this helpful  

    IBM is changing

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) London, England

    ProsHardly any pros. The marketplace is changing, but IBM holds different values high.

    ConsToo much pressure, too few training an career opportunities, hardly any benefits, employees burning out.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Feeling the company, process and structure works to prevent you from doing the job

    User Experience Consultant (Former Employee) London, England

    ProsGood clients, good projects, opportunity to travel, opportunity to work with some incredibly talented people, possibly still a good name to have on CV

    ConsNo creative leadership, no coherent team structure, feels like you work as a freelancer, lack of the right tools, lack of the right digital support, death by incredibly confusing admin

    Advice to Senior ManagementNot sure any advice would be heard let alone actioned

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Just horrible

    Project Manager (Current Employee) Manchester, England

    ProsOpportunity to work from home. If you can get you manager to agree.

    ConsResource Actions are now continuous in IBM. Executives are fixated on reaching an EPS of $20 per share and are in slash and burn mode. Moral is at an all time low.

    The focus appears to be on taking out high cost employees.

    The only innovative engineering you will see in the organisation is financial.

    No pay rises. Bonuses are a joke and not worth putting in the effort for. 0% for all but a chosen minority this year. Career opportunities just don't exist. Costs are being held down so promotions are rigidly controlled by Human Resources.

    PBC results are done behind closed doors and subjective. Definitely not SMART. Cronyism is rife and you will need to kiss butt to keep you head above water.

    No work life balance, just as much free work for IBM as you can do. Remember the scare of constant resource actions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhen you reach the 2015 Roadkill target what are you going to do? It looks like the market analysts are starting to turn against you. Financial engineering will only get you so far.

    The hiding of information/half truths and mixed messages are a total put off.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Exciting, Interesting

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsGlobal Transformation Projects, Interesting People, People focused management.

    ConsPolitics, Sometimes wrong people get promoted.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour doing a good job!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Software Engineer (Former Employee) London, England

    ProsLoved it ! Everyone was very nice and I came to work happily

    ConsWhen I had to go home :(

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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