IBM Reviews

Updated 13 September 2014
Updated 13 September 2014
11,556 Reviews
3.1
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Exciting company, solid research, let down by bureaucracy and staff treatment

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

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Genuinely exciting research and products, making a real difference in the world.
    Certain areas of the business, such as Interactive Experience, provide a cutting edge, enthusiastic service.
    Large enough to try out what you want.
    Strong support and training programme for graduates

    Cons

    Depending on area, work-life balance can be completely shot. 60 hour working weeks regularly expected without overtime pay, also regularly weekend working.
    Bureaucracy often stifles career progression and provides multiple distractions from value-add work.
    Career progression can be slow due to processes in place.
    Salary seems to be below market rate and bonuses are tenuous at best.

  2.  

    IBM Review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Big, working env is accomodating,

    Cons

    Slow Moving, no clarity within the BU on the short term and long term plans, charge 40 hours even if one works 80 hours

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Never 2 days the same at the factory...

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The company is there and you can make of it what you will. I have been here nearly 20 years, but have had 4 very different careers, all linking in, but same company. It give you a great experience, and you should never be bored here. There is always a new challenge ready for the taking.
    I have seen the company really take care of people who have had serious personal challenges, there are development schemes to help the ambitious drive their career, just to mention two great support mechanisms in the company.

    Cons

    Challenges, unless you are in front line sales and being actively supported by people further up the greasy pole, you will never get rich here. Bonuses can be better, as can remuneration. This year, UK made the numbers, but as US didn't, no bonus. Bah Humbug! Not that long ago when things were the other way round, US got the bonus, but UK didn't...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build on the great personal opportunities, and reward the people with what they come to work for, money and not some complex points scheme.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Rewarding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Lead  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in London, England

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pay, flexibility, benefits

    Cons

    Not very dynamic, takes too long to get anything done

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good company with good morales

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Test Lead  in  Clapham, London, England
    Current Employee - Test Lead in Clapham, London, England

    I have been working at IBM full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good experiences and good learning outcomes in a short amount of time

    Cons

    Too much work at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing your job!

    Recommends
  7.  

    Learning is a continuous process

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Server Systems Operator - Database Administrator
    Current Employee - Server Systems Operator - Database Administrator

    I have been working at IBM full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You learn and get better as you go. No one expects you to be a Batman but show some enthusiasm of Robin. Renumeration is quite juicy too.

    Cons

    Compliance stifles timelines. Recent mass sacking led to quite a lot of staffs voluntarily resigning as it killed morale for a lot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nigeria is a growth market. So many companies are tapping into it. Management should give staffs a tension free environment to work in or else productivity will be affected.

    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    It all depends about your immediate manager and team

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    Current Employee - Penetration Tester  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Penetration Tester in London, England

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Salary increase every year, Also chance to get more money through different programs/bonuses.

    Cons

    Too much levels of approvals (especially if past year was bad) even for simple things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Levels of approvals does not guarantee cost saving.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    GOOD!!

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

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

    Pros

    good colleagues, vast learning resources. excellent work life balance. excellent personal development opportunities. office culture is good but there is a drive to move to a more mobile and remote working environment.

    Cons

    big machine, slow processes and lot and lots of red tape
    poor pay and rewards
    sometime feels like an old boys club
    leaving colleagues not replaced and those left behind having to do more for far less

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better rewards and recognition systems, otherwise the competition will easily take all the best people

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Once great now mediocre

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

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

    Pros

    Large company with room to move about

    Cons

    Higher management driven by numbers, people are just a resource to be used and discarded

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to the values of the past.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Being part of IBM after an acquisition

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    Former Employee - Sales Specialist  in  Glasgow, Scotland
    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in Glasgow, Scotland

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The access to large accounts....who has not heard of IBM, it certainly gets you into places, but unfortunately, IBM's customer service is not always the best particularly on smaller accounts. They do have a great process for inyegrating newly acquired companies, as they set up a management team just for the first 18 months, to invest in 'knowing the IBM way' and provide IBM mentors to assist in guiding you into the company.

    Cons

    As they are one of the largest companies on the planet, they do have an inordinate amount of processes, which are really frustrating at best and at worst they can cost you money! Their matrix management and overlays process means many non value add employees get compensated. The extension of this on very large accounts particulalrly end of qrtrs, enterprise deals can substantially reduce the value of your initial deal, as it may get put into a huge pot, which is offset with amega discount to win the deal, so the individual value prop goes out of the window.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let salesman sell and stop the confounded processes and micro management, try to retain as much of the intelligence acquired with the companies purchased, do not just offer 'golden hellos' to the senior execs and owners who negotiated their pensions as part of the deal, put some tie ins for the rest of the staff....IBM share options that do not vest for 3 years or they can have triple the number if they stay for 3 years or longer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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