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Updated 23 April 2019
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  1. Featured Review

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    "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. "Solid Employer"

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    Current Employee - Business Transformation Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Business Transformation Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Rapid salary increases out of Graduate scheme
    Flat management structure

    Cons

    Bureaucratic structure in the company

  3. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance at work

    Cons

    Not many cons tk be homest

    Advice to Management

    Nothing to add in this section


  4. "Amazing responsibility given"

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    Former Employee - Industrial Placement in London, England
    Former Employee - Industrial Placement in London, England
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Given a lot of responsibility
    Mentoring opportunities were great

    Cons

    Would like more events for placement students to meet up


  5. "Great if you're in the right business unit"

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    Former Employee - IT Security Specialist in London, England
    Former Employee - IT Security Specialist in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    IBM Security was a great place to work, good working atmosphere and great people. Decent benefits, and manageable work/life balance. You are given lots of flexibility, as long as you get your work done. You get to work with interesting technologies, often at the leading edge of the market.

    Cons

    Not much office community as the work is sporadic, mostly on customer site. Takes time to get promoted, and salary is not as good as competitors. There's always 'transformation' of some sort going on, which can include letting staff go. Some of the other IBM business units are difficult to work with.

    Advice to Management

    IBM needs to better engage with the public through software and technology. All our major competitors have very large consumer facing arms which builds brand value and trust - at the end of the day enterprises are made of people who are all consumers of our competitors products or services.

    Less change is needed, especially with sales strategy. Constant 'transformation' makes for inconsistent skills, experience and customer relationships withing the sales teams.


  6. "Good but Large and Slow"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time

    Pros

    IBM is amazing for training and progression. Get to work with some amazing people, lots of events and projects to move around and work on. Great for Grads & Apprentices

    Cons

    For a technical role in some parts can be quite slow moving because of clients, process or for no reason at all. Roles are very narrow and only touch one side of the tech world. e.g. code or databases, system admin etc...


  7. "Senior Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Good progression, freedom to change the environment, flexibility

    Cons

    Salaries a bit lower than the average

  8. "Culture"

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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

    Open culture and encourage innovation.

    Cons

    very complex process and long decision process.


  9. "Great for work flexibility"

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

    I have been working at IBM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working from home is part of the culture

    Cons

    as in huge company, processes can be painful and sometimes cost client satisfaction.


  10. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, products, brand, training, colleagues.

    Cons

    Location, Management, pay, hours, cold calling