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    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
  2.  

    Working at IBM

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in London, England

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunity for International Assignments if you are interested in international experience. Flexible working is the norm. Sales positions are very easy relative to other companies as most clients are keen to talk to IBMers. Education and skill development is encouraged.

    Cons

    Career Management is 100% down to the employee which was not the case 10 years ago and reward schemes used to be very generous. Salaries and commissions are not generous any more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on employee satisfaction - as it is essential for client satisfaction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very bad

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

    The only good reason to work here is flexibility. You are able to work as a mobile worker from various locations. However IBM does not pay for home costs (broadband, printing etc.) and travel is very restricted. Getting some knowledge of how low corporations can sink in order to lay off staff is another benefit.

    Cons

    Pay rises are non-existent. There are no progression opportunities, no possibility of building a career. The hours are long as teams are under-staffed due to the continuous layoffs, but expectations are still high and competition is fierce due to the absurd rating system. There are many processes, for everything so getting anything done is very time consuming, combined with the lack of resources caused by cost cutting this makes working effectively impossible. Managers are tasked mainly with managing these processes, ensuring compliance, rolling out the HR planning schedules and have little decision-making power or resources, so there is no leadership or innovation, just a culture of fear and looking out for the self.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce processes, break up businesses and scrap the forced ranking system to become more entrepreneurial, modern and return to profitability.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Probably good if

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

    I have been working at IBM (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    lots of WFH time, nice people, diverse industry opportunities

    Cons

    you get a job with ibm. Then you have to get a job within ibm. If you sit on the bench (maybe you are a specialist in what you do) then they penalise you for it; it comes across like its your problem when they hired you in the first place... go figure.
    You are encouraged to build a network of people to help find a job, but no support to help you do that.
    It is by far the worst place for looking after its staff i have ever had the misfortune to work in

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep it up. your staff turnover and focus on profits over people shine through.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Worst Company Ever Worked For

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

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Absolutely zero, unless you count 10% of Sainsburys as a pro?

    Cons

    Complete disjoint between senior US management and the rest of the company, pure short termism in their approach to satisfying their customer(The shareholder not the true client). They erode any value from companies they buy. They do not care about the employee or the client only the shareholder, and who are the biggest shareholders.......the board. They constantly restrict your ability to do your job yet expect you to support the sales guys in selling as much as possible, even if that means giving ridiculous discounts just to get anything even if it means undermining any future market value. They say IBM is a great place to have lots of careers and move jobs, that's because its full of people constantly moving and hiding when they mess things up! what about those who want to do one thing really well!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break the company up into smaller units and let them have control over their future. IBM is too big in this day and age to try and do everything for every market in the same way. You buy companies for the success they have had, let them continue that by not instilling IBM processes and controls on them!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Across many years, the whole gamut of emotion - from high elation to the depths of despair.

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    Former Employee - Business Management Outsourcing in Bristol, England
    Former Employee - Business Management Outsourcing in Bristol, England

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Despite all the adverse media comment, I remain optimistic that there still are excellent people in IBM doing amazingly innovative things for their clients, and if you;re lucky enough to pitch up in the right 'neighborhood' then you can have a bundle of fun.

    Cons

    It was getting much harder year by year to find those neat neighborhoods. What was once a globally supportive team culture was dying on its feet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simple, return to the IBM Principles.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Constant Job losses

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England

    I worked at IBM (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work from home , salary good although bonus often poor or non existent despie CEO getting hers for under performance.

    Cons

    Constant restructures , I had 4 managers in 12 months. Threat of redundancy constant. Usually offer redundancy once or twice a year and threaten you to be forced if you don't take it. Morale because of this low. PBC reviews for each employee often fixed just to hit numbers and no Union so they do what they like.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ginni R enjoy your huge bonus that you don't deserve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Extremely varied work over the years but extremely process bound

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

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

    Pros

    As a permanent,
    * Variety in all respects: people, locations, technologies, languages, programming APIs.
    * Get to write some documentation and/or redbooks.

    Cons

    * You will become entirely stereotyped in job function. Having a technology you wish to pursue (in your own time) does not prevent you becoming trapped.
    * Get to read some documentation and/or redbooks.
    * Long hours (no overtime pay of course) and no / slow progression.
    * Ever descending morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more respectful of technical opinion even if it contradicts strategy. E.g. the 'Smart Cloud' of 2011 wasn't that smart whereas SoftLayer was smarter. This was well understood in 2011. How many other business-critical opinions are you sitting on?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a good choice for a happy long term career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England

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

    Pros

    Working with technology can be very interesting and stimulating
    Flexible working hours - however be prepared for management to stab you in the back over agreed arrangements
    Understanding with sickness

    Cons

    The annual review system (PBC) ranks peers according to your performance perceived by managers who may have little or no involvement in what you have done. If you get put in the bottom 10% you are likely to have to go on a performance improvement plan. In my view this process has caused a generally widespread very low morale and makes it dfficult to build teams whose members trust each other
    Pay reviews are very few and far between
    Managers have a habit of issuing arbitrary deadlines with little thought put into what is required to deliver a quality piece of work
    Software products are generally badly designed and massively over engineered
    Too much emphasis on process and not enough on product quality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Abolish the PBC appraisal system
    Put the quality of products before timescales and process
    Build a culture of respect for staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Non Existent Graduate Program

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

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

    Pros

    A lot of flexibility, good people, and a good helping of interesting work, work - life balance is good.

    Cons

    Lacking any focus or direction at all levels, Graduate program which I am currently on is frankly appalling, and provides little or no useful support to someone starting out on their career. Over burdened with nonsensical processes and let down by an incredibly arbitrary review system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start recognizing the value of people to your organization and get your head round the fact if you don't then those quarterly results that seem so important are going to end up in the toilet.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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