IBM Reviews

Updated 21 September, 2014
Updated 21 September, 2014
11,619 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.  

    More Pros than Cons

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager  in  Edmonton, AB
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Edmonton, AB

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

    Pros

    Working from home
    Technology
    Benefits and support

    Cons

    Very high expectations
    Constant financial pressure

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Amazing experience as an Intern student.

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

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

    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
  3.  

    Good

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

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 5 years

    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
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  5.  

    IBM was a good experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM

    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

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Toronto, ON

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 5 years

    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
  7.  

    Shuffling and reshuffling the deck.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM

    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

  8.  

    Indifferent

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Very good environment if you like a highly structured and process oriented environment.

    Cons

    They are not the same company they were several years ago ... profit margins rule their work environment and they treat their employees and contractors very badly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees ... and spread the wealth.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the old IBM

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Markham, ON
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Markham, ON

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

    Pros

    Laid back. Good work life balance. Competitive pay.

    Cons

    Company is in severe cost cutting mode. Yearly RIFs/layoffs. PBC ( rating system ) broken. C level ( and higher ) execs mostly clueless. No trust in tech people. Non stop off shoring ( India, China ).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company is legacy. Adapt or die.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great !

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great place, and interesting assignments

    Cons

    too many processes and unnecessary procedures, typical cons of very large organization

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company to work for most of the years I was there. they provided boundaries but allowed us to structure ourselvesl

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    Former Employee - Senior Tech Support  in  Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Senior Tech Support in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    We worked hard and played hard

    Cons

    Later years had too many restrictions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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