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IBM Reviews

Updated 31 January 2015
Updated 31 January 2015
12,787 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Shocker!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Home life balance was great, but that was about it.

    Cons

    Red tape, took too long to do simple tasks. Cost cutting to the point of no tea or coffee, no bins, no stationery, no claiming broadband, no team lunches or dinners. A very very tight company. IBM made thousands redundant and therefore the vibe within the company is depressing. You never know when you are going to get the tap on the shoulder. Not a friendly company to work for. And definitely not a social company. I would even say that people will stab you in the back to get ahead. Barely a pay rise in years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider not being so tight!

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

    Excellent Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Call Centre in Ballarat
    Current Employee - Call Centre in Ballarat

    I have been working at IBM full-time (less than a year)

    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
  3.  

    Inside Sales Representative

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Sydney
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Sydney

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Will learn all product, software and services offering.

    Cons

    At some time you will feel bored due to non-personal and face-to-face engagement with the clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is good that management advised the Inside Sales Reps about the job coverage and expectation. It might be better to shorten the training period and move reps to other roles after 6 months.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    globe trotting with ibm

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Sydney
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Sydney

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

    Pros

    hotels, travel, IP, training, tier 1 clients

    Cons

    everyone has grey hair, a company of old men

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    culture needs revamp

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    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
  7.  

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

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    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
  8.  

    From great to good to ...

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    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
  9.  

    It's been worthwhile

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

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than a year)

    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.

  10.  

    Good company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Sydney
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Sydney

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 3 years)

    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
  11.  

    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

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