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Updated 17 December 2018
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  1. Featured Review

    "Wonderful to work for"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Program Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    By far one of the most innovative employers I have ever had

    Cons

    Less agile than Google and still catching up with some startup tech companies when it comes to change management


  2. "Director of Strategic Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Acquired my business, and so had the opportunity to expand product across the world.

    Cons

    At times slow moving with too many people involved in decision making.

  3. "Consultancy role in GBS"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Reputed brand which opens subsequent doors
    - Work with some amazing, bright and intelligent people
    - Work with big clients and brand names
    - Fantastic learning and development
    - Access to lots of varied opportunities

    Cons

    - Work life balance can be challenging along with travel, but this is nature of the business and suspect this is easier to self manage once more experienced
    - Corporate/big business processes can be slow and ineffective

    Advice to Management

    - Inject some 'start-up' culture and flexibility into the organisation to remove red tape and ensure pragmatism reigns


  4. "Good experience"

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    Current Employee - Channel Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Channel Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Colleagues are excellent to work with

    Cons

    Bureaucracy made some tasks difficult


  5. "IBM"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Account Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for those willing to put the effort into networking and self-development to pursue them. Can be demanding but not as bad as newer, more aggressive tech startups.

    Cons

    Lots of process and bureaucracy, can be easy to get lost in the huge machine that is IBM. Frequent layoffs and management can be unreasonable at times.


  6. "Financial Engineering"

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Engineer in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Benefits
    International environment

    Cons

    American old fashioned corporate culture for administration


  7. "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Managing Consultant - Strategy in London, England
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant - Strategy in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work - life balance, very supportive to accommodate family circumstances. Great working culture and strong footprint in promoting inclusion and equal opportunities.

    Cons

    Ridiculously low bonuses (if any), salary raise hardly ahead of inflation.

  8. "Graduate Scheme at IBM"

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    Current Employee - Business Technology Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Business Technology Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Within IBM there is a huge possibility for growth depending on your networking skills and how eager you are to grow and own your career. The Graduate Program, which I am a part of, has a huge platform for training and the higher-ups are also very involved with the growth of the early professionals (graduates and apprentices). There is a lot of exposure to various projects and opportunities to build good client relationships.

    The work culture is overall a good one where the people you interact with are there to support you and in essence build relationships with.

    Cons

    As IBM is a very huge company, once you get past the Graduate Scheme, there is a high chance career growth stagnates and you become lost in the company as there might not be as much focus on how you progress.

    Advice to Management

    I would suggest to understand more of what people are interested in so they are not just forced to pick up roles as opposed to staying on the bench.


  9. "Good. Feels like family sometimes. But very stressful."

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    Current Employee - Field Service Technician in Warwick, West Midlands, England
    Current Employee - Field Service Technician in Warwick, West Midlands, England

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

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. Good focus on mental health but you must speak up if the workload gets too much which it will.

    Cons

    Workload. They get rid of staff and don’t replace them


  10. "Big change in the right direction"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Open to change and improvement on a large scale
    Employer of choice for LGBT / BMI / Women in tech etc - very supportive environment
    Feel valued & empowered
    Competitive salary (not the best but fair and stable)
    Great career opportunities

    Cons

    Quite outdated / lengthy processes, many of which are self driven and 'feel' unsupported e.g. significant HR cases
    overly complex business structure
    Very cautious / risk averse
    Matrix structure can make it difficult to navigate new areas/tasks/responsibilities

    Advice to Management

    Ease up a bit on the processes and risks - it makes for an easier life and enables people to spend more time delivering their jobs.
    Speed up a bit on internal stuff. We want speed with our innovations that we live and breathe for our clients - let's demonstrate that to our own employees too.
    As an upside, keep doing all the amazing stuff too.