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  1.  

    Disappointed with the failure to meet with high expectations

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Interview process was thorough and efficient; it was the fastest process that I had experienced to date.
    People / peers were friendly and very helpful; providing a positive working environment
    Salary was good and met expectations

    Cons

    People managers have too much emphasis on your performance reviews, rather than a clear 360 degree process, and can therefore jeopardise either opportunities for progression or result on negative performance reviews.

    Too big; it's easy to get lost within the organision from a career perspective.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that often your employees are your key assets, and should be treated that way

  2.  

    People are extremely talented and IBM is still a great innovator

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    First class people and lots of innovative solutions. Flexible working very good

    Cons

    Too much focus on the bottom line. Lack of teamwork and sense of place in the organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Culture has become too much blame rather than respect

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    A very good company to work for, has good resources

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    The pay is.good as.well.as.the culture

    Cons

    The policy could be better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good

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    Current Employee - Support in London, England
    Current Employee - Support in London, England

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Flexi and good atmosphere. friendly people

    Cons

    allot traveling sometime and long hrs at work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

  6.  

    Great company, people make it.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There are loads of opportunities to grow in IBM, it's a solid employer with good benefits and great support for the employee.

    Cons

    Corporate orders undermine management in local areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stand together to create positive change.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    IBM Global Business Services

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Good introduction into consulting training when you join the company, great colleagues

    Cons

    High pressure on utilisation, admin process overload

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good company but size causes issues.

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

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

    Pros

    Exciting projects/clients
    Excellent network of people
    International opportunities
    Recognised brand

    Cons

    Too large/impersonal
    Lots of time-consuming/inefficient processes
    Employee benefits not very generous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We need to focus more on day-to-day work, and think how we can boost morale, boost EXISTING client confidence and make IBM an exciting, unique company rather than a generic corporation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Delivery Project Executive

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    Former Employee - Delivery Project Executive in London, England
    Former Employee - Delivery Project Executive in London, England

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    great working environment, learning opporunity, global exposure, blue chip clients

    Cons

    bureaucratic, no longer cutting edge, old guard needs changing, no personal life

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    see above

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    IBM is way past its peak

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

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

    Pros

    The people are not any more exceptional than any other company, but there are a lot of them which means there is usually someone who can (and will) help. IBM does have a lot of processes and procedures still in place from the 'good old days' so there are flexible work options and supportive time off policies for family crises. There is lots of training on offer (but see below). Pension contributions are better than average (but see below). Poor management actually means you can be left to use your initiative quite a lot (but see below).

    Cons

    Training : almost all e-training now, much of what is on offer is poor quality video or audio recordings of people not skilled in presenting material. Embarrassing how often these internal training sessions lose the network or can't transfer sharing the screen to someone else; or (worst) feature some executive with absolutely nothing to say, but taking 40 minutes to say it. Often these latter are mandatory and of course everybody switches them on and goes and makes a coffee. 10 years ago IBM had a planned annual process where you agreed training with your manager, obtained quality training (because it was in your plan); now you are presented with HOURS and HOURS of mandatory dross put together cheaply to let our CEO think we are all being trained in the latest technology.
    Pensions quality has been driven down and down (court cases still being heard on this), so although it is better than average, don't expect it to stay that way
    Everything that can be sold or cut seems to have been in a desparate attempt to hit Sam Palmisano's ill-judged promise to hit $20 by 2015 revenue. It was obvious to most people a while ago it wasn't going to happen. Executives took a loooooooonnnng time to wake up and cancel that impossible dream.
    You have a lot of leeway due to hands off management; but this is largely because no manager seems to want to say/write/do anything that they could be judged for later, so they sit on their hands stay silent.
    From all of the above you might not be surprised to learn that morale is lower than low. New starter graduates might find it quite an exciting environment, most will move on when they fail to get a rise for 5 years.
    Redundancies are now an annual tradition, a big re-org this year is mostly moving the deckchairs on the Titanic I'm afraid and has had the effect of freezing any decision making process for several months as no manager wants to be responsible for deciding anything they might be held culpable for later.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management thinks renaming the products and moving the chairs around is enough. It really is time to listen to your staff rather than dictate to them. It's time to explain rather than threaten. And it is definitely time to prune the upper reaches thoroughly, the workers have been cut and cut, but the senior staff just keep cloning more vice-presidents.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    A Culture of Fear

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    My part of the IBM organisation have team of dedicated professionals and executives providing a good service to our customer.

    Cons

    I joined IBM in the culture of "Respect for the individual", and was the best company to work for. IBM now lacks integrity with management who don’t make decisions and are scared to make decisions. It's now a culture run by fear. The PBC process is broken corrupt and abused by management. The last 3 year have been bad, since Rometty became CEO.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dump Rometty now before its to late... Stop controlling everything from the top, allow decision making for lower management. Bring back "Respect for the individual".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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