IBM Reviews

Updated 18 September, 2014
Updated 18 September, 2014
11,580 Reviews
3.1
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Most managers are pretty flexible if you want to work from home a couple days a week (in 1228 reviews)

  • There are no unrealistic expectations causing work-life balance to be messed up (in 1189 reviews)


Cons
  • Though the company espouses work life balance there is no getting away from work (in 373 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 202 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

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

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    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
  2.  

    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
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  5.  

    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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Work with good people, but being continually asked to do more with less

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Staff Member  in  Ottawa, ON
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Staff Member in Ottawa, ON

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    I can honestly say that many of the best people that I have ever worked with were from IBM.

    Cons

    do not get comfortable doing what you are doing ... you will be asked to do less with more. you will inherit other projects and not receive backfill for people moving onto newer projects. It demonstrates that leadership generally is not able to balance the product portfolio or make decisions about what is important.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ditch the 2015 plan and chasing shareholder value over all other things.
    Break the culture of sycophancy.
    Stop encouraging people to switch jobs every 2 years ... no one invests in a maintainable business because they know it will not be their problem long term.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    experience

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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

  8.  

    Learning experience

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Markham, ON
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Markham, ON

    I worked at IBM as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Supporting team, lots of responsibility, work life balance

    Cons

    Large office size, location is far from main city

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues and nice workplace

    Cons

    Heavy workload and sometimes boring and repetitive

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great learning opportunities, great people, but lots of bureaucracy and politics (expected for a company this big).

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    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Consultant in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Lots of great learning opportunities - good projects, roles, responsibilities
    - Great people - everyone is very sharp, lots of very-experienced practitioners
    - Friendly culture and chummy collegial atmosphere
    - Very flexible work-life balance; can work remotely and at your own schedule

    Cons

    - Very difficult to get promoted - lots of bureaucratic processes required
    - Large amount of politics at the high-levels, which rubs off the wrong way on all the rest of the employees
    - No pay raises or bonuses
    - Company is going through difficult times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Worry less about department labels and organizational charts and more about employee retention and morale. Pay your top employees more if you want to keep them!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Used to be the best company to work for IMO .... 15years ago.

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    Current Employee - Senior IT Architect  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Senior IT Architect in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    Have access to the bigger IBM ... lots of interesting work

    Cons

    Too many management ... not enough senior technical people.
    Loss a lot of good senior technical staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People is your resources. Retain the good technical staff.
    Salary adjustment constantly less then inflation is killing your people. We all have family to feed too.
    Workload leads to stress; Underpay leads to frustration; net result is people left for other company even when we like what we are doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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