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Updated Apr 14, 2014
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IBM CEO Virginia Rometty

Virginia Rometty

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58% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Management allows me to work from home and have flexible working hours"
    in 1053 reviews
  • "Work/Life balance and they still have some of the smartest people in the industry"
    in 1013 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work/life balance has magically morphed to work/life integration meaning your life is your work"
    in 319 reviews
  • "Practitioners on the other hand literally abuse the "Work from home" culture and "Sick leaves""
    in 74 reviews
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Human Resources Manager (Current Employee)
Sydney

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

ProsWorking for IBM over a very long period of time, they were able to offer me a lot of flexibility to incorporate some the changes I experienced in my person life. I think some of these flexibility options need to be earnt, rather than expected.

ConsIBM is going through an extremely difficult period, with cost savings, revenue challenges and massive redundancies, making it very difficult current working conditions.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great company to work for

Information Security Consultant (Current Employee)
Melbourne

I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 8 years

ProsWork from home privileges
Nice people

ConsOrg is all over the place
Big company mentality.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great company if you work for the right people

Sales Specialist (Current Employee)

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

Pros-Matrix organization
-Development programs
-Global focused
-Very smart people

Cons-Lack of leadership
-Managers that do not develop, manage up not down
-Everything is focused on shareholders, not clients

Advice to Senior ManagementIf you treat your people well, everything else will flow to you

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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The Big Blue experience

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at IBM

Prosbig company, can move around
a lot of information and intellectual assests
work flexibility
a good place to learn

Conspay not as competitive as some other IT vendors
too much process which sometimes get in the way when you want thing done in a hurry
every little thing requires a lot of people to be involved
can get information overload

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Good company however only cares about bottom line. No interest in employee career progression.

Problem Manager (Former Employee)
Melbourne

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

ProsGreat company to work for, however experience can be drastically different depending on the management.
Big brands are usually good to have on resume, helps later in life.
If you are keeping in contact with people around you, opportunity to grow internally is pretty good.

ConsEver since the new CEO (Ginni) joined the company has gone downhill.
Employee benefits are close to nill now, there used to be a lot more. Cost cutting has ruined the culture.
IBM is known globally for cheap labour, they don't like to pay any more than the minimum rate.
Difficult to survive if you are not part of the bureaucratic system
Lots of politics and internal jobs are given based on internal links/boys club
If you are not keeping up with the politics redundancies can come knocking at your door any minute.

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease invest towards future and not just focus on meeting target line today. If the company keeps going this way there will be no business left in future. Provide training to your employees when they have been asking for it for over 2 years.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Take what you can get/use and progress your career elsewhere

Security (Current Employee)
Sydney

I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 3 years

Pros(Some) great people, flexibility working from home or different locations, great brand reputation to have on your portfolio

ConsSo much political and hierarchical nonsense, so much red tape and paper work crap in the background. Cost cutting EVERYWHERE, so many jobs cut (both contractors and full-timers), barely any salary improvement unless you literally walk on water or something. They try to work you into the ground with ridiculous work hours with no extra compensations

Advice to Senior ManagementGet a grip, let go of all these stupid unrealistic objectives to reach a certain goal by 2015, its not going to happen. Wake up

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Profit before People

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat people to work with and good technology

ConsThe constant change in management and territory does not allow you to build continuity in the role. I had 6 managers in 3 years, and 4 different territories I had to cover. This constant change means you are confused with the go to market strategy, so can you imagine how confused the customers are?

Advice to Senior Managementpeople before profit, and stop changing things every 6 months, and have a long term vision versus what is going to close or load order wise in the next week

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Enriching and way ahead when thinking strategic HR initiatives

AP C&B Executive (Current Employee)
Sydney

I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 8 years

ProsExposure, diversity, work ethic, competent colleagues

ConsSlow, bureaucratic, conservative, compensation, finance driven

Advice to Senior ManagementTake some risks as people will back you.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great people, deep knowledge and breadth, very hard work

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at IBM

ProsGlobal reach, access to technical expertise

ConsVery hard work, death by process, progression painful

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Don't think IBM will help you in career progression

Project Manager (Former Employee)
Sydney

I worked at IBM for more than 5 years

ProsAccess to the largest library of technical information. Depending on what account you work on, you may be exposed to interesting but not bleeding edge technology.

ConsNo interest in allowing you to gain qualifications at IBM expense. You should plot your career progress yourself.
Very bad managers are just moved around the organisation spreading their crap on others unfortunate to be on their team.
Poor remuneration in relation to market rates.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of bad managers & apologise to staff who have had to put up with them.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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