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IBM Reviews

Updated 27 April 2015
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  1. It's okay

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer
    Current Employee - Software Developer

    I have been working at IBM

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    working from home is a pro

    Cons

    working from home leads you to working longer hours for the same pay

  2. It was a good company to work however it does have its pros and cons.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in London, England
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in London, England

    I have been working at IBM

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working opportunity on diverse domains.
    Look good in CV

    Cons

    Lot of bureaucracy.
    Quite difficult to move position internally

  3. Consultant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Security Architect in Birmingham, England
    Former Employee - Security Architect in Birmingham, England

    I worked at IBM part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Manage own time and get to manage your own workload you also get a chance to work with some real smart people.

    Cons

    No Work life balance. Be prepared for some long hours. On one hand that's the nature of being a consultant you either like it or you don't.

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  5. Great learning and development opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Hursley, England
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Hursley, England

    I worked at IBM

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible working arrangements - work from home - can have shorter days if you make up elsewhere
    Instant messaging software which made communication and quick problem solving much more efficient
    Large sense of community in Foundation
    Professional development manager as well as task manager whom encourages development and enhancement of skills through different opportunities

    Cons

    The majority of my team members were dispersed all over the globe, this meant that I didn't meet most of them, even colleagues in other offices in England. Budget cuts meant limited travelling expenses.

    Advice to Management

    Team meetings and networking days at least once a year (for UK employees)
    A lot of process changes

  6. Helpful (3)

    Great potential but too many blind-spots

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at IBM

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    So many to choose from. Ambition and confidence - the Smarter Planet story is a great example - IBM can improve the world, knows it and believes it. Who else could have created Watson? All those Nobel prizes, and its simple scale and breadth of capability.

    Cons

    Despite all the rhetoric and PR, has still not managed to compete the transformation from product provider to service provider - will not do so until it starts treating its people as human beings rather than stock (the way the UK pension changes were introduced is a perfect example). Still governed from the very top by a culture of bullying and no trust. May have a female CEO but no real diversity. Financial controls which were suited to surviving a recession but constrain growth. Bonus schemes which no-one understands.

    Advice to Management

    Challenge the bullying which is reinforced by current management processes. Show employees some respect - stop fighting us over the pension issue - accept the court's decision and settle.

  7. Great experience

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

    I have been working at IBM

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good package, learning opportunities, multicultural environment.

    Cons

    First weeks are strange since no guidance is given.

    Advice to Management

    More involvement with new hires.

  8. IBM Salary for graduate consultant in London UK.

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible working, and you are in control of own career path. Colleagues are happy to help and support you and answer your questions when needed. Opportunities for global travel.

    Cons

    Although it is seen as many as a positive to be in control of your career it is seen by many as a negative. I.E. finding your own roles, filling out lengthy applications for promotion. There is a lot of additional work to be done outside of working hours if you wish progress.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Accelerating the race to the bottom for employee satisfaction.

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Manchester, England

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You can work at home, depending on fickle first line management.
    Some knowledgable people to work with and interesting projects if your one of the chosen ones.

    Cons

    Extreamly limited promotion opportunities.
    No pay rise for most people. I've had one raise in 8 years for only 1.5%.
    Cronyism rules the roost.
    PBC process puts you in competition with your peers. Used as a management tool to drive people out of the company.
    No job security. Constant resource actions and whenever possible the replacement with cheeper off shore resources (Your not a person in IBM.. Your a tool)
    Management by buzzword. It looks like "Agile" has been added to the dictionary. Sadly Agile isn't something IBM can claim to be. Bureaucratic describes IBM.

    Advice to Management

    You can't turn a company around when you treat employees the way IBM has been doing.

    Placing Shareholders, Management renumeration then in equal last are customers and employees is no way to ensure IBM lasts another 100 years. I keep hearing that IBM is too big to fail, I sadly no longer believe this.

    Drop the PBC system. It's flawed and you know it. Look at the evidence!!! Sadly the system is now so broken my second line sent a generic list to cut and paste into 2015. Sadly this won't make any difference as you sort the ranking out behind closed doors without SMART objectives so CRONYISM is rife.

    Explain the renumeration package of out CEO. No one understands how poor performance can be rewarded in this way.

  10. Progressive and leading edge

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Presales Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Presales Consultant in London, England

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Software acquisition strategy supports leading edge positioning and successful engagements. Colleagues are switched on and always ready to support, nurture and push.

    Cons

    Rate of change can be overwhelming. Promotion processes are prohibitively onerous. Culture demands travel as first option before remote working considered.

  11. Test Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good/life balance. Ability to work at home and flexible working hours.
    Interesting work and great people.
    Some great products

    Cons

    Managers will be not make decisions
    Very poor pay and bonuses
    PBC process is painful
    Promotions are difficult especially if your face doesn't fit
    bureaucratic to the nth degree
    No training budget at all

    Advice to Management

    Abolish the PBC appraisal system
    Focus on staff moral

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