IBM Reviews

Updated 28 August 2014
Updated 28 August 2014
12,036 Reviews

3.1
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    good

    Current Employee - Intern
    Current Employee - Intern

    I have been working at IBM as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    IBM has good hours and good culture. Each team is different so you might have a really good or really bad time, or get interesting or mundane work (as an intern)

    Cons

    Work and responsibility depends on the team you are in. Quite a big company and thus it is political. Pay isn't top gear and reputation is only strong in some areas

  2.  

    Great company

    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    First class training and very ethical in the way business is done

    Cons

    At times the compnay can be bureaucratic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Contine the great training

  3.  

    Software Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Sydney
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sydney

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Work life balanced.
    Giant company which has rich product and technology portfolio.

    Cons

    Very serious office politics.
    Discouraging manager behaviors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please divide the big company into several smaller ones to improve management transparency and efficiency.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Technical Specialist

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Specialist  in  Sydney
    Former Employee - Technical Specialist in Sydney

    I worked at IBM as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work life balance, work from home option. No fixed timings for work. You are fine as long as you complete 40 hours a week.

    Cons

    Too much of compliance work (Required by large customers). Not much effort on technology efficiency.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    Giant Company,very process driven,however sometimes clueless

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

    I worked at IBM full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility
    Exposure to Fortune 500 and Global 2000 customers.
    Very Process oriented

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy
    Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management.
    You can get lost here!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to keep it simple

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Used to be great, struggling to change

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Working from home. Great potential from great people but it's very hard to coordinate internally to get things done.

    Cons

    The company is too bloated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Culture is important, this has been largely forgotten in recent times.

  8.  

    Large multinational corporation

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Advisory IT Specialist  in  Melbourne
    Former Employee - Advisory IT Specialist in Melbourne

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    There used to be a variety of interesting work for most of time. The company brand attracted large customers with projects calling for complex, multilayer-ed solutions.

    Cons

    Your salary will not grow very much once you've joined. Due to the company size, there is a significant amount of bureaucracy and process. For the same reason, you will feel fairly isolated and rather anonymous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hmm.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Hardcore capability shrouded in bureacracy

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

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Access to some of the smartest people in the world, who have access to some of the biggest research budgets in the world

    Cons

    Talent of non-tech managers
    Bureacracy burden getting in the way of EVERYTHING

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make everything more human

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good company

    Former Employee - Managing Consultant
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Enjoyed the project work, people were all very nice, able to work remotely, induction was a good introduction to the company

    Cons

    Need to provide more training, especially at each promotion point, large company can be hard to navigate for new joiners

  11.  

    Changing landscape...not for the better

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IBM

    Pros

    Worked with some of the brightest and smartest in IT
    Great staff to work kept this place ticking

    Cons

    Continued workforce reductions and threats for not conforming with management requirements.
    Ongoing requests for contractors to take leave to meet projected quarterly forecasts.
    Lack recognition of staff for their ongoing contributions.
    Poor work/life balance.
    Permanent staff and contract staff are treated differently.
    Poor induction.
    IBM sales staff tended to under bid to win business and IBM operational staff were blamed for not being able to operate with budgetary restrictions placed on them by sales team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Workforce reductions are affecting staff morale and ongoing instability is destroying the reputation of this IT giant.

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