IBM Reviews

Updated 1 October, 2014
Updated 1 October, 2014
11,702 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work from home 2 days/week if you have to commute over 45 minutes to the office (in 1283 reviews)

  • Work life balance ( Work from home) & wider opportunity if you have good network (in 1264 reviews)


Cons
  • Though the company espouses work life balance there is no getting away from work (in 401 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 205 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    comment to IBM

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    big platform, access to resources, easy to transition

    Cons

    complicated process, complicated approval process, too heavy in people management

  2.  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Markham, ON
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Markham, ON

    I have been working at IBM as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    really good environment, great people

    Cons

    commuting near by can be tough lots of traffic in the area

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work

  3.  

    Good Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales - LDR
    Current Employee - Inside Sales - LDR

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Good culture, competitive pay and lots of learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Career growth - very slow
    Room for creativity
    Enough with the politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop with the favoritism. Give equal opportunities to those who have earned it. Let the millenniums take over

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    very great experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant  in  Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Toronto, ON

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    great exposure to different industries

    Cons

    the organization politics, limited personal growth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    It is the best of Time , It is the worst of times

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant  in  Markham, ON
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Markham, ON

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

    Pros

    IBM offers you (sometimes) a chance to change teams when times are tough. it also offers a lot of diversity in the workforce, Some work flexibility and decent privacy rules.
    When you are in a struggling team, you can leave to a better team, but then you have to go through your management which may make life tough for you.

    Cons

    Could be overwhelming, and the Culture is very rigid, it is a gigantic ship that steers very slowly and does not respond to input from individuals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing really, The problems with management is built-in the culture, if they changed the company will not be the same, it is a 'take it or leave it' approach.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    The machine

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager/Consultant  in  Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Project Manager/Consultant in Calgary, AB

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Well organized and good career opportunities. Very diverse mix of people and skills. Good place to grow your skill set.

    Cons

    It is a heartless machine. There is no family or team here just the friends you make as they leave to look for some place they feel like they can contribute and not just be a wheel

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You will have to make your own path and it is very political

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Poor business model

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    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant  in  Ottawa, ON
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Ottawa, ON

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

    Pros

    IBM is good to have on your resume.
    Fairly competative benefits.

    Cons

    IBM has lost its way since it bought PWC and adopted the Partner Model. Now these glorified salesmen suck the profit out of the company with little consideration for those that deliver the customer's requirements.
    International relationshiips between IBM companies is counter productive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start focusing on the customer and employees to deliver quality products and solutions. Develop an equitable bonus/profit sharing plan that recognises those other tha partners like you had 15 years ago.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A fantastic company now facing challenges

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Excellent working conditions with flexible schedules, leaves of absence when requested and flexible day to day schedules. Strong BYOD support programs. Solid education and training opportunities and internal networking collaboration tools. Quality of colleagues unprecedented in the industry. Excellent research scientists.

    Cons

    Work life balance a challenge due to heavy workloads and expectations. Limited potential for promotion especially for woman. Maniacal focus on EPS earnings per share at the expense of investing in new offerings that clients are interested in, improved delivery capabilities and overall solutions to improve customer satisfaction has unfortunately reduced the ability for employees to generate new revenues. This has impacted employee morale and the corporate culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pursue a balanced set of business metrics with EPS in the mix

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    rewarding because of the people you get to work with. technology exposure is great because of the quality of the contracts which are signed. work from home is a bonus.

    Cons

    stagnant work. gets boring easily. management needs to give bounses

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    experience

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    good money, flexible time, good team leader

    Cons

    not fun technology, too long project lifecycle

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