IBM Reviews

Updated 21 October 2014
Updated 21 October 2014
11,867 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work from home 2 days/week if you have to commute over 45 minutes to the office (in 1297 reviews)

  • Work life balance ( Work from home) & wider opportunity if you have good network (in 1271 reviews)


Cons
  • Though the company espouses work life balance there is no getting away from work (in 410 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 207 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    IBM Canberra

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    Former Employee - Hardware Sales in Canberra
    Former Employee - Hardware Sales in Canberra

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Strong training, and brand recognition.

    Cons

    Limited regard for people within the organisation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

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

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Melbourne

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

    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
  3.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Melbourne
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Melbourne

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

    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
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  5.  

    From great to good to ...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Canberra
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Canberra

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

    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
  6.  

    Great place to work

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

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Rewarding salary and great managers

    Cons

    Long hours with a work/life balance struggle

  7.  

    Former Finance Analyst - Sydney

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Sydney
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Sydney

    I worked at IBM full-time

    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
  8.  

    selfish managers- especially woman

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    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

  9.  

    A once great company caved in to Shareholders' greed

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Sydney
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Sydney

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

    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
  10.  

    Ok for some, but too many high level hangers on

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    A compny this size offers career advancement, providing you don't stay in one job too long and become "pigeon holed". The work life balance is a plus, and it's what holds many people there.

    Cons

    Too much internal crap to deal with - an average working day is spent dealing with irrelevant email and pointless internal "mandatory education". There's a maniacal focus on company growth, and IBM is happy to slash and get rid of good people to meet a target. Doesn't instill a great sense of loyalty. The organisation feel very top heavy - lot's of chiefs and a lot less indians actually doing the work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider your people, not just the numbers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    It was a brilliant organisation to work for.

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    Former Employee - Technical Solutions Manager in Sydney
    Former Employee - Technical Solutions Manager in Sydney

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

    Pros

    Management support was exemplary, the Executives were steering the company I a great direction.

    Cons

    They have totally lost the plot. No longer a company which cares about their employees, no direction, no leadership, no concept of delivering value to their clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get back to a model based on Mr Gerstner, not Sam or Ginny, they have led the company on a path to disaster.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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