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Updated 30 January 2015
Updated 30 January 2015
12,787 Reviews
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Soulless, lumbering machine that is a shadow of its former self

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Structured career path, flexible working hours. Pay is competitive although career options are limited and you'll be lucky to get promoted more than once every five years. Technical promotions are possible to a very high level but you will have to spend a lot of your own time and money to progress against career goals that their is not budget for.

    Cons

    No pay rises even for good to high performances. Bonuses non existant in the last 5 years. Use stacked ranking and forced distribution meaning in small teams managers are forced to push high performers into OK/good rankings. TErrible tooling - eg Lotus notes and connections communities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drop the stacked ranking, allows managers to make their own ranking decisions based on budgets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Software Engineer Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Migration between departments, variety of work and experience opportunities

    Cons

    Salary, poor management of company-wide resources/information and difficult access to that information.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Big corporate and all that goes with it

    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Hursley, England
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Hursley, England

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

    Pros

    Was a great company at a department level - intelligent people who got stuff done, and a product we could be proud of. Real sense of teamwork.

    Cons

    Doesn't invest in its people. Several big releases in a row, leading to tired employees. The reward for doing good work was more work. The training budget was cut, but that didn't matter any more, because at that point there wasn't any time to train anyway. Technical debt built up, and we didn't have enough people to address it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to think beyond the next few quarters, and invest in your software development.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    personal growth, training, good business exposure

    Cons

    Business Politics, no social life

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Weak culture

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Analyst in London, England
    Former Employee - Operations Analyst in London, England

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Large company, plenty of opportunity

    Cons

    weak culture, people with no ambition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Innovate culture

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    bureacratic and don't value people.

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    • Senior Management
    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    flexible working
    diversity of staff
    great people

    Cons

    very cost focused. charged for coffee and even hot water in the office drinks machine.
    rigid rules and systems
    old fashioned
    lack of career development opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat people as individuals

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    A very big company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England

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

    Pros

    A lot of opportunities
    Some very driven people to motivate you
    Recognition

    Cons

    Compensation is lower than most
    Make employees feel like a number
    Long engagements mean you feel very detached
    Lack of a Social IBM

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Making employees feel like they are part of the company is important to any business, and this becomes critical in a business this size, IBM needs to work hard on this because it is significantly lacking behind its competitors in this regard, and will lose all of the top talent to those who spend more time and effort on this.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Ok

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    The people and culture are the best bits

    Cons

    Senior magnet out of touch with majority of work force

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Techincal Consultant - graduate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Good training program
    support and help is provided

    Cons

    long working hours
    restrictions in terms of roles available, depending on your line of business

    Recommends
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nothing like it used to be

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Client Executive in London, England
    Former Employee - Client Executive in London, England

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

    Pros

    Blue Chip credentials get you access with clients with some of the best brochures in the industry. Pay is OK.

    Cons

    IBM refers to employees as "resource" and treats them as such - a commodity. Most managers simply follow the directives from above - could be performed by e mail or SMS. We used to talk about "Client First" but that changed to a real stock price focus a few years ago, and with it a swing to cost cutting and negative impact on clients. They're voting with their feet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow a pair and stand up for what you're supposed to do - serve the best interest of the business. Put a stop to the constant charades (artificial pipelines etc) and tell it how it is. You've been spotted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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