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IBM Reviews

Updated 20 April 2018
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  • Bad work life balance in the company (in 983 reviews)

  • In this competitive atmosphere, you must often work long hours (in 465 reviews)

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  1. "Data Scientist Placement Student"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Junior Data Scientist in London, England
    Former Employee - Junior Data Scientist in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of great people to work and interact with. Various opportunities to gain experience in different industries.

    Cons

    Rigid nature of a such a large company presented some difficulties but these would be felt in other similarly sized organisations.

    Advice to Management

    Keep giving relatively inexperienced employees the chance to shine!


  2. "Working london"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

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

    Pros

    Fast paced and friendly people

    Cons

    Work load can be a lor

    Advice to Management

    Cope

  3. "Good but has many cons as well"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    - People
    - Technology
    - Work-life balance
    - Trainings

    Cons

    Overall - nice company to work in but it's all about location - totally different management styles, technology (do not even dream on working on Macs etc outside of the biggest countries) opportunities, salary bands, benefits - everything - across Europe, not to mention US


  4. "A Great Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corporate Development in London, England
    Current Employee - Corporate Development in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Looking back, I can't imagine a better, more supportive, career enhancing/developing and interesting place for me to work over the last 15 years. We've transformed....and continue to transform....together.

    Cons

    As with any organisation that is 'beholden' to the demands of Wall Street, the demands of meeting quarterly earnings can sometimes create significant stress. Stress which is balanced by a united team spirit to get things done and an overarching corporate philosophy of caring for the employee.


  5. "Great culture, but heavy on processes"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible working, real culture of knowledge sharing and feedback, brand

    Cons

    Pay below industry average, too many processes

    Advice to Management

    More transparency behind decisions that affect people’s employment


  6. "PM"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Big company, multinational, great experience

    Cons

    Bad salary, bad management and bad enviornment


  7. "IBM Global Services"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Warwick, West Midlands, England
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Warwick, West Midlands, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible working
    Access to extensive training
    Options for career development
    Challenging projects
    Generally great colleagues

    Cons

    Uncertain future
    Constant change that does not appear to deliver improvement
    Ongoing workforce reduction in UK
    Difficult to deliver projects due to e.g. resource constraints and excessive procurement time
    Low morale

    Advice to Management

    Don't keep telling staff everything is great when waves of redundancy have become the norm
    Agile adoption is a good thing but is not a panacea for everything and not always the best approach
    The internal structures and processes need fixing to allow staff to deliver better
    Too many empires and too much red tape

  8. "salary"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    good opportunities
    Variety of work
    great culture

    Cons

    long hours
    Lack of mentorship

    Advice to Management

    manage young consultants better
    offer more training


  9. "IBM Client Innovation Centre - Project Analyst"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Analyst in Preston, North West England, England
    Current Employee - Project Analyst in Preston, North West England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great team of people
    - Good exposure to client facing roles
    - Remote working (at task managers discretion)
    - Good place to start your career

    Cons

    - Not a career for the long term future.
    - Must be flexible and willing to travel to take on other roles (you may not even want) to have any chance of progression.
    - Targets solely based on utilisation.
    - Lack of benefits despite introducing pension, child care vouchers and cycle to work scheme.
    - Increased quantity of promotion bands limit pay rises.
    - Unbelievable levels of bureaucracy.
    - Lack of promoting any form of networking within the wider company to get on a project or role you want - due to CIC politics.
    - Top level management only interested in progressing themselves and achieving KPIs to get annual bonus.
    - Business based on ‘Cost’ model, meaning the cheaper, the better.

    Advice to Management

    - Invest in, and incentivise your staff or they will leave.
    - Improved benefits need to be introduced. If the wider company can offer it, so can CIC.


  10. "In my experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The most competent managers I have seen in my work-life, most are very trained on people management before they are assigned. Even the new ones that rise from the within the ranks, seem to have a good and fast learning plan. A lot of rotation opportunities as well within the company, in case you want to build a palette of broader skills, but within a serious company that does things at scale. From my POV compensation is medium to very good as well.

    Cons

    Depends where you are working, and how up to date your skills are. Offline experience is still values, but in most countries if you are all about the new and digital era too, you are more relevant ... which I actually think is good, but maybe as a con for more experienced professionals who did not keep their skills in this area updated. Work-life balance - it depends, I can say at least 50% of folks working in the same building have a just 9 to 6 job and are very "balanced" but if you work with more geos and time zones, as it happens sometimes in such multi-national corporations, your schedule can get a little hectic.... so best inquire in advance about the geo(s) you'll be working on.

    Advice to Management

    Company is transforming for the good, changes I have seen are in a good direction. Sometimes a little more clarity with more time in advance of changes would be useful, to make the most of it.


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