IBM Reviews

Updated 24 October, 2014
Updated 24 October, 2014
11,915 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 1308 reviews)

  • Work life balance ( Work from home) & wider opportunity if you have good network (in 1281 reviews)


Cons
  • Though the company espouses work life balance there is no getting away from work (in 414 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 208 reviews)

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  1.  

    The machine

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    Former Employee - Project Manager/Consultant in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Project Manager/Consultant in Calgary, AB

    I worked at IBM full-time (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
  2. 2 people 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 (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
  3.  

    A fantastic company now facing challenges

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM full-time (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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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

  7. 3 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 (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
  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 (more than an 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. 3 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 (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
  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 (more than an 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people to work with, but people are only commodities and expendable

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people I got to work with were, for the most case, top notch and great to work with. The technologies we worked with were interesting and working for a company like IBM provides you with lots of perks due to their enormous bargaining power.

    Cons

    In the last few years, the management has looked to slash costs and in that strategy, they are losing much of the knowledge base as they look to trim those that have the higher salaries and instead hire fresh grads. For that reason, much of the morale, particularly in software group, has gone downhill.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start focusing again on getting your employees motivated and they will then work harder and provide the fresh ideas.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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