IBM Reviews

Updated 24 October 2014
Updated 24 October 2014
11,915 Reviews
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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 1308 reviews)

  • Work life balance ( Work from home) & wider opportunity if you have good network (in 1281 reviews)


Cons
  • Though the company espouses work life balance there is no getting away from work (in 414 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 208 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Really enjoyed the atmosphere. Amazing!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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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. 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
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not the great company it used to be

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    The mighty have fallen

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Once great, hope will recover

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great opportunities. Sub-optimal processes

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 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
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Leading With Fear

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Low morale and dysfunctional management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in London, England
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in London, England

    I have been working at IBM full-time (less than an 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

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