Information Technolgy (Current Employee) – Armonk, NY – April 4, 2016
My experiences with IBM are mixed, they have a great brand and I have worked for great managers, but over 15 years have had seven different ones.
The roles and goals are clearly defined, but room for advancement is at a minimum due to their business transformation.
The work culture there is great, and teamwork and cross team collaboration are essential and provide valuable learning experiences.
The hardest part of the job is working remotely every single day, it is not a good fit for myself, I really enjoy people interaction and a more balanced schedule of work at home 2 days and in the office 3 days is more appropriate.
Systems Service Represenitive (Current Employee) – Reno, NV – April 1, 2016
IBM looks fantastic on one's resume; however, it is not worth the difficultly to get the company on one's resume. IBM tends to pay approximately half of the going rate for employee saleries, they demand that employees be available to work 24/7, management is completely unresponsive and unconcerned about managing, the training is lackluster and not useful outside of IBM. Over all the company is falling apart at the seams and has been laying off employees world wide every year for the last several years. There is absolutely no job security.
process improvement (Former Employee) – Virtual – January 25, 2016
Today's IBM is not the original culture. Today is all based on bottom line, however management is short sighted, they consider only today's bottom line not tomorrow's. They no longer put effort into their employees morale and they no longer put effort into building last relationships with clients. Today's clients are yesterday's revenue, and today's employees are tomorrow's debts. This attitude and way of doing business will take down a once great company.
Peers are great, work from home environment allows a little work life balance
pay is low for the industry, Management has a "be thankful you have a job at all" attitude
Everyone I work with is very friendly and helpful, it was easy to slip into my role. There is not a lot of love for the company, many of the veterans have reasons to gripe about executives, management, and overall company vision. Management can be excruciatingly slow to communicate, projects aren't very ambitious, tons of corporate overhead in almost all aspects of work.
Flexible hours, ability to work remotely, great benefits
Very little reward for hard work, laziness goes unnoticed, no raise/bonus unless promoted
Joined IBM in 1995 in the AS400 call center. Most of my career was working 3rd shift on site and from home. A typical day consisted of working with customers who were restoring systems or installing/upgrade. Learned how to work with anxious customers and take control. I did not see much management and did not interact with them much. Worked closely with co-workers for support on many different levels. The hardest part of the job was covering the vast amount of different call types. Finding help on certain type of calls was the hardest. The best part of the job was co-workers and the good interaction we seem to always have on issues.
Working with all types of customers, Good relations with co-workers, Job hours and days, Good benefits
Once we became global, Working with limited English speaking callers
Sales Support Professional (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – March 31, 2016
IBM was a great place to work. I learned a lot in the time I was there. I played a very important role as a Sales Support Professional which meant auditing and maintaining orders daily before they could be submitted. This was new and challenging but also rewarding. I worked as part of team of 25-30 people who were wonderful to work with and made my days pleasant. The hardest part of the job was cramming all the knowledge that was needed in a short amount of training time in order to get the job done correctly. Management was very fair, helpful and understanding.
Compensation, Acknowledgment, Professional Environment, Benefits
Senior Support Specialist (Current Employee) – Jacksonville FL – March 26, 2016
This can be a great place to work. If a caring manager is in your project then it goes well. Unfortunately a lot of my co-workers are remote and scattered around the country. Great people to work with but forgotten about by management, the old out of sight out of mind syndrome.
It is a great place to learn the latest in technology and keep your skills fresh. But it is also a place where you are just another number on a spreadsheet. If one project goes away, very little effort is made to utilize your skills in another location. It is easier to start over and replace you than re-utilize your skills.
The company culture of care for the individual is a thing of the past.
Manager (Current Employee) – Remote – April 4, 2016
When you consider the expression 'think outside the box', IBM built that box and they live inside it. Decisions are top-down when they are done at all. There is little room for ingenuity and lower levels of management live and die by their superiors. Finger-pointing is very common as is passing responsibility. There is no team atmosphere and people are only told what is needed to maintain their jobs, and sometimes not even that much.
It is a big name and if you like remote work. Technical people are treated well.
No ingenuity, no originality, culture based on consistency not merit
Senior Development Consultant (Former Employee) – Calcutta, IN – April 4, 2016
Work life balance is good. Good Learning opportunity. Great place to start your career. IBM's policies and management are very flexible when it comes to working remotely or accommodating various life situations (sick days, doctor visits, etc.). Management is encouraged to measure an employee by their work and impact .
Great Company, but firing too many people in Brazil
Oracle Database Administrator (Current Employee) – Brazil – February 26, 2016
Great company, culture, benefits and many other professionals to help. On the last 2 years IBM Brazil is firing too many people due to Brazilian Crisis and on most cases I see no effort in trying to relocate them. They are only relocating seniors. I`v seen fathers with pregnant wife and kinds being fired. This is very bad for a company like IBM.
The best times of my life were spent working for IBM.
SYSTEM MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONAL (Former Employee) – Boulder, CO – March 16, 2016
I worked 12 hour nights. Wednesday - Friday and every other Saturday night. I processed data as an operator and systems analyst. At that time, we were upgrading to the ZOS operating system. There were IPL's every night including, of course, system outages over and up to 24 LPARS. Very high visibility. Management was supportive and allowed me to work without being micro-managed. It could be stressful but the end of problems and ultimate achievement provided the best feeling of success.
Travel, job security and excellent co-workers. Good management, excellent copensation.
Administrative Account Specialist (Former Employee) – Los Angeles, CA – February 29, 2016
Typical handling customer orders and accounts receivable. Learned how to prioritize. Mgmt. was strict but fair. Co-workers were great. Enjoyed working with customers at their locations. Hardest was conforming to regulations, especially order control.
Great learning experience in a very professional environment.
Salesman in the Office Products Division (Former Employee) – Boise, ID – March 1, 2016
Learned a lot about technical sales and how direct sales worked in a very competitive environment. Learned how to prospect, listen to the customer and design your solutions to meet their needs and close the order. Learned how to cultivate a positive long term relationship with the customer. Learned how to produce under pressure, on quota with a territory I was responsible for.
Great products, great support for the Sales team and wide latitude to show positive results.
Upper management would change corporate direction frequently.
Senior SAP Basis Consultant (Current Employee) – Moline – March 11, 2016
Work life is easy given the employee is not forced to work at managers condition. Management heavy organization and too many processes to get things done. To excel at IBm GSB you have to be an extraordinary employee or else career growth will be at a stand still.
Developer, Lead Developer, Tech Lead and SME (Current Employee) – Columbus, OH – January 25, 2016
IBM is good place to work, Work life is balanced. This is the place who don't worry compensation. Benefits are good. over all ins good company, Job Security is ok. Its not bad. Management and Job Culture is fine.
Sr. Managing Consultant (Former Employee) – USA – December 12, 2015
The CEO lacks vision and intelligent thought. The corporate culture is not one of partnership, collaboration or trust; it is one of conflict and no care for doing the right thing.
For example, Wal-mart wanted to code before designing, saying they wanted an Agile approach, which to them meant no documentation -and with 75 developers in India.
IBM says do what the customer wants. I say this is so wrong, there is even a Dilbert cartoon that mocks it. So we begin coding and Wal-mart says they are not getting any value out of the folks in India. No kidding. It's my reputation, IBM's reputation... if this goes public, we are laughing stocks. But then I am not a team player, and IBM tells me to document everything so Wal-mart can't blame IBM.
IBM is no consulting company.
Here's another thought... Think of Microsoft and Apple products. Now think of IBM... IBM has over 60,000 software products, and no two have the same look and feel for the User Experience. Don't even get me started on Lotus Notes!
It's not worth working for a company that just doesn't get it.
No leadership, no vision, no sincerity, no competency.
- A typical day starts at 6am and goes until - What I learned: Everything is not as it seems on the surface, ask open ended questions and seek a deeper response - Management: Communicates effectively but not fully the whole story. - Co-workers: Collaborative, Team Focused - Most Enjoyable: Meeting and Exceeding targets, revenue projections, and client expectations with limited resources and still maintaining a good work/life balance.