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IBM Reviews

Updated 19 August, 2014
Updated 19 August, 2014
11,948 Reviews

3.1
11,948 Reviews
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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.  

    IBM

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Not many. Decent salary but taken out in blood

    Cons

    Everyone seems to holding fast to retire. Slow, inflexible. Hard to turn a battleship

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue and move FASTER

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    More Pros than Cons

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager  in  Edmonton, AB
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Edmonton, AB

    Pros

    Working from home
    Technology
    Benefits and support

    Cons

    Very high expectations
    Constant financial pressure

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Not Too Big To Fail

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Toronto, ON

    Pros

    Once was a good place to work

    Cons

    It's now all about shareholder value. The reviews here are plants by the HR department. It's well known. All jobs have been offshored. Customers HATE dealing with India or Costa Rica but IBM doesn't give a crap. It's all about "shareholder value". They actually haven't made a real profit in several years. All gains have been by laying people off and shipping the jobs to the third world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're next. Freshen that resume.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    mixed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Managing Consultant
    Former Employee - Senior Managing Consultant

    Pros

    Pros - reputation of the firm, no one used to get fired for hiring IBM, perhaps no longer the case. Many opportunities for those interested in outsourcing.

    Cons

    Cons - just another employee number. Management has a very short term outlook, when stock price dips, expect mass layoffs. Company will hide layoffs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    human resources are your most important asset, treat them as such

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    An organization with too many moving parts.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance
    Exceptionally brilliant people within Engineering, Project Management, Consulting and Marketing.
    Tremendous resources to global knowledge and best practices.
    International assignments.
    Education and training.

    Cons

    Good managers can make work fun, meaningful, and all those warm, fuzzy things. Good managers can make work feel like a home away from home. They can make your team feel like a family. Not within IBM.

    Mid-Manager leadership in sales and some areas of marketing are segregated to relationships, personal goals and bias.

    IBM Canada Management for example behave like school yard cliques. You're either in or you are out. Pedigree and social status also factor in on who receives coveted sales territories, and leadership positions. Diversity of people in prominent executive level positions in IBM Canada are near to non-existent.

    Acquired companies such as Cognos have an internalized culture that at times does not embrace the spirit of IBM's values to develop and grow one's career from within. Career progression is select and bias.

    Innovation is stagnant in some divisions.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Amazing experience as an Intern student.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer  in  Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Toronto, ON

    Pros

    Learn a lot from managers and team members

    Cons

    Need to implement agile methodologies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I need advice from higher management

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Toronto, ON

    Pros

    very much professional, and technical

    Cons

    Need to have more thoughts on employee benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to have more insight into an employee expectation

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    IBM was a good experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    work/life balance, friendly work environment, good payment for an intern

    Cons

    you get used to some software and tools which just IBM cares about

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to build your career, but move on when you can

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Toronto, ON

    Pros

    IBM is a great place to build your sales career. Its large enough where you have the resources to get the help you need and can really push work off to other departments (marketing, brand, etc). Education system is second to none. Really gets you ramped up fast and invests in your education.

    Cons

    Very political. Moving up can be easy, but there is really a wall at times. Pay is not great.... seriously. If you want to make money at IBM... leave. They also don't give proper raises. 1-2% is the average unless you change positions. The endless paper work also gives you little time for sales and more time in giving forecasts and daily updates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the burden of reporting off the rep and on the manager. This should be monitored and caught. I can already see the talent loss. Also, start paying what your competition is paying. The last comment I had before I left IBM was "why is this company willing to pay you so much?". This was insulting and if feels great making money over IBM's lose in almost 100% of my accounts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Shuffling and reshuffling the deck.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good talent management t process. Doing some cool things somewhere in the business.

    Cons

    Total management disconnect from employees. Employees radically undervalued and inconsistently compensated. Sr. Management spends all their time managing UP that there's very little managing down.
    New sr. Management is substituted all the time with no domain experience, yet make pronouncement a as though they are experts without seeking about actual experts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage your people. Learn from the experienced ones. Get to actually know them. I

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