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IBM Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated 15 August 2014
Updated 15 August 2014
11,980 Reviews

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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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  1.  

    Great to work with

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    Former Employee - Program Manager  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Chicago, IL (US)

    Pros

    You learn so much from all the brilliant people around you and there are so many chances to move up the ladder.

    Cons

    The culture is missing something

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Profit over employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Support  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Support in Chicago, IL (US)

    Pros

    IBM has good medical benefits even though the employees have to pay more out of pocket every year. Pluses were 401K, pension, flex time.

    Cons

    We were required to use some useless applications because IBM had paid a lot of money for them. Forty hours of education per year were made a requirement which just added to our workload. Morale was extremely low because of an incompetent manager who was allowed to bully his employees for many years. All of the employees in our department were laid off and the work went to another country.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of loyal, hard working employees instead of laying them off and sending the work to other countries. Get rid of managers who bully their employees instead of tolerating their bad behavior.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work if you embrace the pace and intensity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Managing Consultant  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Chicago, IL (US)

    Pros

    Smart, interesting people to work with. Interesting clients and projects. Great environment to both have an impact on your clients' businesses and learn a great deal. IBM has a tremendous amount of intellectual capital that you can leverage in your consulting work for them.

    Cons

    Consulting scale model relies on long hours and diligence of consultants (as does almost every consulting company). This can lead to burn-out -- but they have been working to improve this.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    no longer the great place to work

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    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Chicago, IL (US)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, ability to work at home. Sometimes the Global nature of the job is interesting, but that also means work time can be outside of normal business hours.

    Cons

    Employees feel like they could be let go any quarter. NO raises in three years! Management is only interested in covering for themselves, not in their direct reports

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember the customer. It's not always about the cost cutting. Customer Sat fails when the bottom line is all that matters.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    It could've been better.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Chicago, IL (US)

    Pros

    Clean, great benefits, lots of people, busy, innovative, motivating, lots of opportunities

    Cons

    It was very stressful at times. Sometimes they wanted me to work overtime when I have already requested time off. There were some inappropriate behavior.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people! Need more leadership and clear expectations.

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

    Sales

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    Former Employee - Software Sales  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Software Sales in Chicago, IL (US)

    Pros

    Best of breed technology. Great brand recognition for sales.

    Cons

    Progressing a deal internally can be challenging. Cohesive integration and understanding of constant acquisitions challenging for sales and customers to understand. Compensation for internal employees who get promoted is minimal

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Your salary is more of a focus to IBM than your skill set.

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    Current Employee - Oracle Database Administrator  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Oracle Database Administrator in Chicago, IL (US)

    Pros

    There are many positions at the company. You can usually work from home.

    Cons

    If your salary is deemed too large, you will be let go as a result of the bi-annual "resource allocation." Just be prepared that your skills don't matter as much as what IBM is paying you. The business plan for IBM for new business is to bid low on the support contract, support the account with enough skilled staff for a while and then let people go or shift support to cheaper off-shore resources. If the account is not making money for IBM, your salary will determine if you stay or are let go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should treat their resources as humans and necessary to do work, not as a detrimental drag on the amount of money IBM makes on an account.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    working for IBM

    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL (US)

    Pros

    having the IBM on your resume

    Cons

    there is no job security, ability to promote or choose your path... they put you where they want to when they have an open requirement.

  10.  

    Job outsourced to Mexico

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    Current Employee - Accounts Receivable  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Accounts Receivable in Chicago, IL (US)

    Pros

    Working remotely and good benefits

    Cons

    Being part of Big Blue and being just a number

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    overworked and under paid

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    Former Employee - Technical Services Professional  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Technical Services Professional in Chicago, IL (US)

    Pros

    there was a time of good training and team building, not anymore

    Cons

    there is no care for their people and even less care about their customers. rather save money and drop support people hoping nothing goes wrong.... this company is strictly run by finance which is very short on strategy. no building today to use tomorrow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    forget roadmap 2015 because EPS won't keep IBM going in the long run

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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