IBM Reviews

Updated 29 August 2014
Updated 29 August 2014
12,049 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.  

    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
  2.  

    GOOD!!

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    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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Experience at IBM has been rewarding and insightful

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Assist  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Sales Assist in London, England

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible working and lots of learning/development opportunities

    Cons

    Can be very bureaucratic. If you have a difficult manager, it can be tough to work for them. The focus on EPS has led IBM down a transformation path that is difficult for employees to recover from.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on Employee satisfaction and be less "corporate".

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good company with good morales

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    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
  8.  

    Learning is a continuous process

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    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Lost the plot

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    Former Employee - Client Manager  in  Manchester, England
    Former Employee - Client Manager in Manchester, England

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

    Pros

    Bright and very capable people
    Excellent Brand
    Global and product reach

    Cons

    The focus on the 2015 share price means that customers and employees no longer matter. The level of inspection and reviews is ridiculous. Some of these take place at weekends too. The company only cares about the share price and people are regularly bullied to inflate the results. Such a shame as used to be a great company .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to basics. Remember customers pay your bills? Stop bullying the staff ! IBM was a great company and could be great again but would need a major shake up to achieve that. Management at all levels needs looking at. Very sad

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    No hope for big blue

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    Current Employee - Tech Support  in  Greenock, Scotland
    Current Employee - Tech Support in Greenock, Scotland

    I have been working at IBM as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Good people to work with and great on C.V

    Cons

    Poor morale due to cuts, pressure to carry out more work with no additional pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start to focus on people and not numbers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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