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IBM Reviews

Updated 21 August 2014
Updated 21 August 2014
11,980 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.  

    Excellent Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Call Centre  in  Ballarat
    Current Employee - Call Centre in Ballarat

    Pros

    Teams, Opportunity, Quality, Friends, Training, Location

    Cons

    none that I can think of right now

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    It's been worthwhile

    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Melbourne
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Melbourne

    Pros

    Global footprint, Big brand, Learning and Training opportunities

    Cons

    Tend to get lost in the crowd, Increments are not as encouraging

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognition of those who are not able to hard sell themselves, but are good workers nevertheless.

  3.  

    Good company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect  in  Sydney
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Sydney

    Pros

    Flexible work options are the best on the market, really great for people with kids.
    Great company with great vision and lots of talented people.
    1 year of IBM goes for about 3 years working for some internal IT department somewhere else in my opinion.

    Cons

    Your manager almost does not have a say in your salary reviews

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make IBM more personal, connect to your people, let the line managers more freedom and budget to show appreciation to the people that earn money for IBM.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Industry leader, great people to work with. Bad salary though.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Melbourne
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Melbourne

    Pros

    Exposure to a wide range of products, customers and projects. Talented people to work with. It is one of the big names you want to have on your resume at the early stage of your career.

    Cons

    Poor workforce management in terms of salary, promotion. More than 80% of band 6 and 7 are underpay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make good use of talented people. It is much cheaper to keep a good employee than recruite a new one.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A mixed bag with some great people with terrific skills, but poor management who don't appreciate their workforce.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Melbourne
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Melbourne

    Pros

    IBM has a very large expertise pool. It provides worldwide career opportunities and reasonable salaries. Its people have a high level of technical skills.

    Cons

    It has become too big and obsessed with the bottom line. As a result it has no real understanding of the needs of it's employees and has a poor understanding of it's customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop giving lip service to issues such as work life balance and job security. Develop your workforce and make them feel secure in their careers. get rid of the platitudes and mean what you say.

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

    From great to good to ...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant  in  Canberra
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Canberra

    Pros

    Worked with countless very smart, passionate and trustworthy people.
    Opportunities for flexible work arrangements.
    Massive global scale means there are many interesting projects, corners and niches for variety and challenge - if you can navigate the big blue machine to find them.
    Some good employee benefits e.g. sick leave policy, discount schemes.

    Cons

    Far too many of the smart, passionate and trustworthy people have departed. I plan to join them whilst I have some smarts, passion and integrity left in the tank !
    The spreadsheet drivers won the management culture wars. There is an unsustainable focus on shareholder interests over and above clients and employees. Quality was sacrificed for cost in the globally integrated enterprise, the root cause of a death spiral of underwhelming project results for our clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-set priorities to value happy clients and motivated employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Toronto
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto

    Pros

    Rewarding salary and great managers

    Cons

    Long hours with a work/life balance struggle

  9.  

    Former Finance Analyst - Sydney

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Sydney
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Sydney

    Pros

    Big brand name on the CV which helped me in getting to my senior position now otherwise nothing else!

    Cons

    - Lack of career progression - lack of development and training invested in staff other than to throw people in the deep end
    - Politics
    - Team leaders takes credit for the their subordinates hard work - lack of transparency in measuring staff's performance and hence inability to reward staff (bonus is a few hundred dollars max)
    - bottom line profit is a priority to this company rather than their own employees - this is evident through their extreme cost cutting measures such as removing tea and coffee from the kitchens. Cost cutting seems to be the main solution rather than growth
    - People - due to the long length of service of many of the employees - there is a culture of not being open to change. This is due to the lack of investment in the development of staff as noted above
    - graduate program is a joke - lack of rotation and graduates are pigeon holed into a role
    - lack of consistency in models and methods used by various staff in the same role/job title
    - unwritten/unspoken expectation to work from home/offsite when employee is sick or on leave
    - lack of work life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your people. Cost cutting is also not the solution to your woes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    selfish managers- especially woman

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    too big to spot who is doing work and who is not

    Cons

    never expect anything and anybody to progress your career

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get real, especially the American management

  11.  

    A once great company caved in to Shareholders' greed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst  in  Sydney
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Sydney

    Pros

    Really good people to work with, only if any of the nice and smart people still left after the multiple wave of culling in Australia and offshoring the jobs. Good experience and the work load would have produced many long endurance multi-tasking super employees that other companies might see as value added asset.

    Cons

    Hardly any pay rise for last few years to keep up with inflation. Not paid enough for the high stress, long hours and week end work to satisfy the executive demands and "help " from the global team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shareholders can dump their shares and run with the gain anytime, they have no interest on the long term prospect of this company.
    Start putting the client first, treasure and reward your hardworking employees, many had loyally fulfilling the call of duty at the expense of family life,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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