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IBM Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated 31 January 2015
Updated 31 January 2015
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Pros
  • Work from home 2 days/week if you have to commute over 45 minutes to the office (in 1347 reviews)

  • Work life balance ( Work from home) & wider opportunity if you have good network (in 1315 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life/balance depends entirely on the management of your individual projects (in 423 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 214 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company to work for!!

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    Former Employee - IT Advisory in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - IT Advisory in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance
    Great culture
    Good management

    Cons

    Limited resources available for training.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Run, don't walk, from this sinking ship

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Marketing in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling and the ability to work from home
    Decent benefits, including generous personal holidays and vacation time
    Intelligent, hard-working colleagues who really care about the work they do and who want to be successful

    Cons

    Constant reorganizations throw teams and divisions into turmoil every 6-12 months, impacting productivity.

    The constant threat of layoffs has driven morale to an all-time low. The annual performance evaluation process is archaic and only forces talented people out of the company. Due to the bell-curve like system, managers are forced to rate a certain percentage of their teams as low performers, even if those people don't deserve that ranking. Now many of those people are losing their jobs. The executives in charge should be subject to the same unfair rating scale as the rank and file.

    Salary increases are nonexistent. Only the top performers can quality for annual bonuses, and the pool of top performers shrinks every year because the rating system is flawed, so the bonus remains out of reach for the majority of people, despite successfully taking on more and more responsibility.

    There is no opportunity or incentive for external training or continuing education to develop new skills, unless it comes out of your own pocket. Internal training and development consists of webinars, videos, presentations and electronic books.

    IBM is late to the game in many new technologies, including Cloud, and this is evident by the consistent loss of revenue and lucrative contracts to new competitors like Amazon. This once innovative company no longer knows what it wants to be and suffers from an identity crisis--ask most people what IBM does, and they simply don't know. Until IBM has a clear plan for the future that involves more than reshuffling employees and changing the names of its business units, its long-term survival is in jeopardy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IBM's most valuable asset is its people. They are smart, driven, hard-working and want this company to succeed. Many of us are also shareholders. But until you recognize this and treat employees with respect, rewarding them for their service instead of trying to appease the board of directors and major stockholders, the company will continue to bleed money and talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Disheartened IBMer

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Other IBMers. They care and will work like dogs for the client.

    Cons

    Poor senior leadership, low compensation, games played with salary increases, gross profit sharing and yearly personal ratings. Morale is low and Management does not care.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the client and employees for a year or two to resolve many of the current issues. Dump the current CEO.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Treat the employees like disposable widgets

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    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    good experience on various products looks good on a resume.

    Cons

    Layoffs always. No security. No pay raises ever. Toxic work environment. Unethical zero people skills management who are incompetent. CEO and executive managements are clueless and driving company into the ground. bad benefits, very costly $1,000/month out of pocket for a family. will not even pay for any meals if you travel that day. cheap on expenses. constant reorgs. IBM needs to commit to the long term with the company and employees. Rock bottom morale. Stay for 2-3 years then leave is what the new hires do. everyone hunkering down hoping they get the next package out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat your employees with respect and fairly. contribute to benefits more. include employees in profit sharing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Still the market leaders despite the lack of vision

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    Current Employee - Brand Specialist in Naperville, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Brand Specialist in Naperville, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Bright, intelligent, compassionate colleagues who for the most part, enjoy what they do.

    Cons

    Lacking in vision and insights into client needs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clients are desperate to find lower cost solutions that they perceive to have value

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Tired Culture that requires change

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

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Generally smart workforce. Support remote work environment. Opportunities for training and development. Company still has many "tentacles" into clients and prospects in order to pursue potential business.

    Cons

    Workforce is overwhelmingly apathetic and tired. Most employees are motivated primarily to do whatever is needed to cruise into retirement. No focus on employee satisfaction. No focus on enhancing loyalty. First and second layer management talent is generally weak and primarily focused on job protection and internal politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Culture and processes that support culture are old and not congruent with new direction to sell software and services solutions i.e.: cloud, analytics, mobile. Customer satisfaction is suffering big time. Job protection is priority vs taking action to improve customer satisfaction and grow new customer business. Difficult decisions need to be made because the current product/solution mix is not leading edge nor cost effective

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Stay inside "The Box"

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

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working from Home and time management. Most of the direct managers are good and give you the flexibility to do you job. Management is good at giving you a work-life balance. At the end of the day, as long as the job is done!

    Cons

    They don't ask or want you to think "Outside the box" Only focus on your area, your cube, your space. They preach the need for new ideas, but aren't willing to consider them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to really challenge your staff to do something different and work smarter. Be willing to invest more time and energy in the development of young talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    It was all fun and games until I was laid off

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

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

    Pros

    IBM teammates are the best ever. There is a common professionalism that I haven't seen since.

    Cons

    They lay employees off strictly because of financial reasons. That's business, though. In the last 10 years, my peers and I were constantly worried about being laid off. This kind of fear does nothing to help morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider retraining current employees instead of laying off. It's difficult to maintain the amazing culture that IBMmers share if employees are under the threat of being laid off.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Beginnings

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    Current Employee - Secretary in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Secretary in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    If you like the Corp environment, you may find this a wonderful choice. It has been some time since my employment but this was the epitome of first class. Good pay, work environment and staff.

    Cons

    Machines (technology) replaced many of our jobs. I see it in the grocery and big box stores. Self check-out equals loss of employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be well-intuned; say what you mean and mean what you say. Some disconnect.

    No opinion of CEO

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