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IBM Reviews

Updated 27 January 2015
Updated 27 January 2015
12,700 Reviews
3.1
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    So far so good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    * Friendly people - in fact the people really make the company

    Cons

    * As an experienced hire you'd think they would have roles for you when you start - instead you have to go find roles yourself
    * Having to find roles that suit can be challenge - even when people tell you your skills are required
    * A lot of politics which are out of your control - how can you move forward with innovative ideas if your having to get things signed off by global

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a very friendly place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Current Employee - Business Analyst

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Variety, location, projects, access to books online

    Cons

    No sense of teamwork. Leardership is appalling. People Managers just follow status quo to tick boxes and don't care about helping their subjects to progress. Project Managers have a no idea how to create a cohesive team so all pull in various directions. Moving to another area in the business is almost impossible. No sense of enhancing diversity in the organisation. No pay incentives. All about who you know

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your people managers and project managers on how to lead. Most of them have no people skills or training in such areas. A better working team means better delivery of projects!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    IBM is broken

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Manager

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

    Pros

    Flexible working, opportunities to move within the company yearly, lots of free education

    Cons

    IBM do not care about their employees, no pay rises or travel expenses, poor building that leak and are held together by sellotape ( North harbour) mixed messages eg: moving offices one month and not moving the next month. Voluntary redundancy offered at least yearly. Crazy policies and the business is so fragmented all departments compete and argue with each other. Some decisions are immoral.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach " the most important asset is the staff"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    No pay rises or bonuses or praise for many years. A tech company run by money grabbing accountants

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England

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

    Pros

    Great history and good people

    Cons

    Tech company run by accountants who don't understand what made IBM successful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in people and reap the the rewards. Stop the them and us attitude and stop being so greedy. Should be customer then employees then shareholder then execs not the other way round

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    No long term or medium term strategy.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Work life balance. Brand perception

    Cons

    Management believes in a lie. Non existent customer focus. Only interested in squeezing money out of clients with whatever tactics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Majority is without any skills other than being top class political animals. Need to be fired for saving this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Flexible, but disheartening

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Flexible working arrangements, not much else

    Cons

    Salary, workload, low motivation amongst staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    sales > 5 years

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Client Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

    legacy, 100 years, stability, work life balance, innovation, brand value, variety, impressive people, broad portfolio

    Cons

    complex, no urgency, bureaucratic, cost constraints, slow to adopt change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    steer from CAMSS, pay sales on strategic directives not legacy LOBs

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Lost sight of employees - too much focus on share price

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Wide range of opportunities across the whole spectrum

    Cons

    Too much focus on the share price

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to core values of 80s and 90s.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Up in the air

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Flexible and mobile working
    Mostly great people

    Cons

    Focus on cost cutting
    Draconian, knee jerk measures with very short term view
    Back office not respected

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If employees are happy, so also our clients.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Simple

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Architect in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - IT Architect in Manchester, England

    I have been working at IBM (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company,some of the most brilliant technical minds anywhere

    Cons

    Focus all on numbers and stock value

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People are key

    Approves of CEO

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