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IBM Reviews in Houston, TX

Updated 22 July 2014
Updated 22 July 2014
11,948 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.  

    Leader in (Reducing) Employee Benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Houston, TX (US)

    Pros

    IBM provides good employee benefits but they are also leader in reducing cost by introducing some interesting policy twists. It has a lot of good internal opportunities. Good learning opportunities for new and upcoming technologies

    Cons

    IBM is a slow adopter of new technologies and is a follower in the industry. Very slow growth and currently undergoing lot of cost cutting measures. Lot of pressure on employees to meet the 2015 roadmap. Long term development goals are sacrificed to make the quarter

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    CURRENT & Future employment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Specialist  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in Houston, TX (US)

    Pros

    Great people in S&D and excellent MGT... GBS could use some classes in how to treat employees with respect and not verbal abuse - Just a few bad apples and it rolls down from there. But other manager are great and will help you all they can!! Some of the smartest people in the world!

    Cons

    You work in your job description and that is about it.. NOT too much room to branch out BUT lots of mobility across the silos after your 2 year commitment. Be sure you manage your our career as it is up to you to get ahead... Negotiate pay on the way in as in sales... that is where your base stays.... ONE you leave - you will be labeled "IBM" and the employer will assume you cannot sell without the entire BUS.. so other jobs are difficult to get... but you will get lots of interviews since IBM has good reputation..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    explain to employees that they need to manage their own careers as their managers will not...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Long-time employee with consistent always highly rated employee; didn't matter as I was forced to take early retirement.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX (US)

    Pros

    Professionalism of co-workers and employees.

    Cons

    Employees are a means to an end. Respect for and support of employees is "slim to none."

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Technician

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Team Lead  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Technical Team Lead in Houston, TX (US)

    Pros

    Pay is very competitive and benefits are good

    Cons

    Time spent working can be consuming

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Sound, Pioneer Company that is dedicated to training it's employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Technical Specialist  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Client Technical Specialist in Houston, TX (US)

    Pros

    Big emphasis on training it's employees if you are in a customer facing role whether it is sales or technical it is required that you not only attend but pass Global Sales School and it is intense!

    Cons

    Big emphasis on reports, certifications in your field. If you're in a technical role your success is contingent on your sales specialists success and your bonus payout is paid quarterly. You are ranked among your peers and pay grade so, there is no guarantee that you will get a payout. Pay raises are only given to the top 1%

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    It was truly a learning experience for me

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Technical Specialist  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Client Technical Specialist in Houston, TX (US)

    Pros

    They take every action to ensure your success. They value training

    Cons

    To rigid, uptight, business casual atmosphere but still has the blue suit white shirt, red tie mentality

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Deployment Manager  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Deployment Manager in Houston, TX (US)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits. Excellent management. Talented professionals.

    Cons

    Moving some IT work offshore to be competitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Higher level management works a lot of overtime.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Extraordinary time constraints, lots of overtime

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Embedded Software Engineer  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Embedded Software Engineer in Houston, TX (US)

    Pros

    IBM Name was considered positive, nice to wear IBM badge

    Cons

    Too much overtime, very overworked

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add staff, make realistic schedules

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good Company Poor Project Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Houston, TX (US)

    Pros

    Lots of Projects
    Good Learning Opportunity
    Better Growth Prospective

    Cons

    Definetly not true if we look at overall company, but here is what experienced in my one project with IBM :-

    Poor project planning
    Unnecessary call for weekend work
    Poor work life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Project status might be green only on paper but not in reality. I will suggest upper management to be more diligence when reviewing this kind of reports.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    It used to be a good company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Houston, TX (US)

    Pros

    A Well known company. A good place to learn and use new software. There is room for growth depending on your expertise and where you work.

    Cons

    The bulk of the work is being sent out of the united states. They used to use folks in the U.S. to do the work. Now like many other companies, they use India, Brazil etc. They are all about numbers, layoffs and cutting corners. Its not like the old IBM I knew and loved. They let folks go and double the work the current workers have without compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget what made this company, Watson must be rolling around in his grave

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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