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Updated 25 April 2015
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  1. 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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

  2. Helpful (2)

    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  3. Helpful (2)

    Cost Saving to the Extreme

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The brand name: oh wait, that's not considered a 'pro' on your CV/resume these days by recruiters!

    Cons

    Drive for low quality: a real "deliver a project and run" culture.
    Teams operate in silos and inter-team communication is not motivated
    Individual accounts operate in complete silo.
    The stress of having to constantly justify your existence or face termination.
    The most inhuman company I've ever worked for, and I've worked for lots. You are just a bean counter that cuts into profits in this organisation.

    Advice to Management

    Cost save through the management ranks, there are too many managers and not enough actual resources working on delivery.
    Ensure sales teams are responsible for delivery, they will not promise the undeliverable to a customer to win a contract, which later makes the brand look idiotic.
    Understand and capture high quality requirements from your customer. Do not promise the undeliverable to the customer.
    Have some balls and represent your team when you're asked to justify your resources.

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  5. Project Manager

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

    I worked at IBM

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Global firm, IBM internal courses

    Cons

    Lack of opportunities to move up, no perks as such, salary increase is very slow, if at all.

  6. 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  7. Helpful (1)

    Sadly company in need of desperate help

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

    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..

  8. Good experience with this firm

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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

  9. Great company. Tough times.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    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.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Unethical behaviour of Management Team.

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Global Company potentially opportunities to work in a location in the region

    Cons

    Work Life Balance is Poor. And people are promoted to roles they are not sutiable for.

    Advice to Management

    Get Real

  11. Helpful (3)

    Stay away from this toxic place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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

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