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IBM Reviews

Updated Mar 29, 2014
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3.5 10,000 reviews

61% Approve of the CEO

IBM CEO Virginia Rometty

Virginia Rometty

(3,343 ratings)

57% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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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    Enriching and way ahead when thinking strategic HR initiatives

    AP C&B Executive (Current Employee) Sydney

    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)

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

    Problem Manager (Former Employee) Melbourne

    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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    Profit before People

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    Security (Current Employee) Sydney

    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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    Big but vulnerable and no strategy worth the name

    Architect (Current Employee) Melbourne

    ProsKnowledgeable people. Wonderful colleagues who wants to do what is right. Team level is cooperation is good.

    ConsThe top brass has no strategy other than firing people to get their own mega bonuses for their own Earnings per Share 2015 road-map. Instead of firing people and investing in people and new products they are consumed by financial engineering and they don't see that the ship is sinking (or perhaps they are and just want to squeeze out the last pennies from the corpse). Everyone is consumed by fear that they might be the next layoff. All divisions are cut to the bone and mgmt still demands growth. There is a total disconnect between top management and the people below on why sales are not working. The reason why sales aren't working is the fact the poor sales and pre-sales people are having 10 layers of management trying control every move with red tape while competition is fast and nimble. IBM is its own worst enemy at the moment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSkip the EPS2015 roadmap (which is clearly only your own bonus interests) and start building the company again with long term investments in people and cutting edge products. Your employees have lost all trust in you and are just waiting for your next cull. This is not the IBM we were proud of. Cut management layers and red tape so the employees can be productive and busy trying to report upwards all the time and you might actually get some revenue growth again.

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

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    Good experience, but don't stay too long

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNice work environment
    Opportunities to travel
    Reasonable perks

    ConsYou're just a number
    Mass retrenchments resulting in low morale

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

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    pegged with not alot of options

    Technical Support (Current Employee)

    Proson the plus side, work/life balance is good. Being able to work from home has it's benefits for both employee and employer. Most people on the same level as you are good to work with.
    Pay is pretty good, but takes alot of years to achieve a decent salary. Lots of varied roles to choose from.

    Conscompany boasts about providing education time (40hrs), but they rarely focus on truly investing in your education and skills properly. They have neglected education and skills for so long now, that they had to come up with the 40hrs, but staff need alot more. Building your skills is left to you to work out for yourself. So because people are lacking tech skills sometimes in the products they work with, the customers ultimately are disadvantaged. Management are constantly focused on metrics, and while that is required to a point, they take it too far. No GDP payments in 2014, and unlikely to be any in 2015. Staff cuts and offshoring just leaves more work for others to do. Staff cuts are damaging morale. Management is losing faith with staff. Not alot of people are happy. 2015 business plan is slowly destroying the company. Innovation comes from acquisitions, not much from within IBM.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in your IBMers so they are seen as experts, and stop investing in number crunching.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fantastic Culture

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Sydney

    Pros- The people
    - Countless opportunities to work across the business
    - Collaborative culture

    Cons- Work/life balance was an issue

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    overall happy experience

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsConstantly changing environment and work/life flexibility

    Consdo more with less...., constantly, year after year

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