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Updated 5 March 2015
Updated 5 March 2015
13,245 Reviews
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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.  

    Sales

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    The environment was great. The people were terrific. My boss was supportive and understanding. I thoroughly enjoyed the professionalism of my peers.

    Cons

    Not really any cons to consider. Though I was only there a short time and had to leave because of my wife's relocation. Looking forward to applying again sometime when I leave my current employer.

  2.  

    Really depends on your team.

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at IBM as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Fantastic Intern Network which makes all the difference.
    - Big company so there are always things to learn

    Cons

    - Intern positions aren't always structured with set responsiblities (ie. lots of adhoc responsibilities)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Need to provide a more structured intern experience, need to plan out exactly what the intern is to be responsible for throughout the year. This was not concrete enough.

    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company, Excellent Career choices; average salary

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent work-life balance; Plethora of career choices if you wish to move within the organization (depends on your people networking skills)

    Cons

    Average Salaries; frequent change in management due to redundancies

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    a few thoughts of IBM China

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Very flexible working environment; junior or middle level technical professional can learn what they need.

    Cons

    not much sense of achievements, working on the very specific and fixed scope, do as designed by architects from US.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    company values probably need to shift from the stakeholder to the employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good experience with this firm

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

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Good benefit and culture, flexibility

    Cons

    No room to move up with this big company

  7.  

    Great company. Tough times.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Architect in Melbourne
    Current Employee - IT Architect in Melbourne

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    There is much to be proud of in IBM: technology/patent leader, major deal maker, depth, business focus, looks good on resume, high ethical standards, health/family support and reasonable salary packaging.

    Cons

    Not all management understand the business.
    Many decisions by fiat.
    Can be difficult to deal with politics.
    US centric.
    Formal training is a thing of the past. Get it when you can. Usually in your own time. (Just like being back in Uni)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management By Objective isn't working in IBM. Performance assessment and outcomes seem "constructive".

    Most employees are looking over their shoulder - will I have a job tomorrow?

    IBM are going through a major transformation. Management need to do more to articulate the vision than demand and track management defined training.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Rapidly fell out of the "Great Place To Work" top 100 list in recent years due to drastic internal changes.

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible - Can work from home / Work-life balance
    Big name brand
    Large organisation, that offers the ability to move into new roles internally.

    Cons

    Employee morale has been low since the mass 2014 layoffs - Reduced faith in the company.
    Office is now all "hot desks" - meaning, no designated storage space for you to leave items in the office, no designated desk (first in best dressed), bring your own cup and take it back with you, no stationary cupboard, etc.
    Questionable CEO

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revisit the company's core values from 10+ years ago, when teams operated like a single unit and not like battery hens.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Sadly company in need of desperate help

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    People who love working for the company. Culture and history.

    Cons

    Top management lost vision and do not care about people. They just care about shareholders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unless the top management provide the vision and creat an environment people do not have to worry about whether they would have a job tomorrow, sadly this great company that has started the modern technology would become history..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Lots of travelling

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Some interesting projects and some not so interesting

    Cons

    Loads of travelling, expects give back outside of work hours to progress your career.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stay away from this toxic place

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Melbourne

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

    Pros

    The money goes into your account on time.
    There are still some very good people on the coalface, although this is diminishing quickly

    Cons

    Thinking differently to management is almost punishable by RA
    Management structure is probably 20 layers deep, so your voice is never heard
    Management is largely incompetent in turning around a dying organisation
    Culture has been eroded away from its original core values
    Most of the people who actually do the work have left, or been RAed, with minimal impact to management layers, kind of like a malteser with all the malty goodness sucked out, just waiting for that thin shell of chocolate to collapse.
    Currently not winning new work so no good jobs, roles, projects to work on

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They don't listen to employee feedback so no point in suggesting anything.

    To the board I would strongly recommend finding a new CEO who has some people skills, empathy with there workers, not driven solely on personal financial gain, real understanding of fixing companies without following a 30 year old internal dinosaurean philosophy of RA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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