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IBM Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated 26 February 2015
Updated 26 February 2015
149 Reviews
2.6
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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  

    Great place to learn on the job. More and More Miserly across the board.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Great people, very bright and lots of R&D. Health and 401K are very good, except that they moved to giving the company match only at the end of the year - so either you stay and get it or you loose it. You also loose the benefit of investing through the year instead of one day. Flexibility is great and IBM knows how to get work done, irrespective of where you are (home, beach, office).

    Cons

    Employees are not given good incentives and growth opportunities are not even. Too much work for very little monetary rewards. Some have been lucky to be in positions that have great rewards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Its not all about the Stock market price. Look within.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good Company if you can handle the Bureaucracy

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    Current Employee - Brand Portfolio Seller in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Brand Portfolio Seller in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Many smart people at IBM. Especially in the R&D and product management organizations.
    Global reach. Great name recognition.
    Great benefits including 401K matching.
    Opportunities for younger staff members to learn and grow from more seasoned veterans.

    Cons

    100% Self-service culture. No administrative support. Must learn complex processes on your own via trial and error.
    Constant change to account lists, product mix, and reporting structures makes continuity challenging.
    Some products are great, market-leading and cutting edge. Others are terribly stale and based on old technology.
    Size of organization creates many highly complex processes for everything. Even the simplest of tasks often seem terribly complex and take an inordinate amount of time.
    For example, getting a quote approved with special terms to go through a channel partner can be a 1-2 week process. 3 business days if you expedite and invest hours walking it through the approval process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify your processes to streamline sales operations in order to remain competitive.
    Keep people on the same accounts for an extended period of time to allow them to build relationships.
    Provide administrative assistance to high paid employees so they are not spending their time doing mundane tasks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Similar to Federal Goverment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Brand Sales in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Brand Sales in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Good place to hide if you want to be a slacker just get connected to management to cover for you.

    Cons

    Have destroyed every acquisition acquired. Endless levels of management hiding behind excel spreadsheets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell the company off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great company to work for!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Advisory in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - IT Advisory in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance
    Great culture
    Good management

    Cons

    Limited resources available for training.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Disheartened IBMer

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Other IBMers. They care and will work like dogs for the client.

    Cons

    Poor senior leadership, low compensation, games played with salary increases, gross profit sharing and yearly personal ratings. Morale is low and Management does not care.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the client and employees for a year or two to resolve many of the current issues. Dump the current CEO.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Run, don't walk, from this sinking ship

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Marketing in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling and the ability to work from home
    Decent benefits, including generous personal holidays and vacation time
    Intelligent, hard-working colleagues who really care about the work they do and who want to be successful

    Cons

    Constant reorganizations throw teams and divisions into turmoil every 6-12 months, impacting productivity.

    The constant threat of layoffs has driven morale to an all-time low. The annual performance evaluation process is archaic and only forces talented people out of the company. Due to the bell-curve like system, managers are forced to rate a certain percentage of their teams as low performers, even if those people don't deserve that ranking. Now many of those people are losing their jobs. The executives in charge should be subject to the same unfair rating scale as the rank and file.

    Salary increases are nonexistent. Only the top performers can quality for annual bonuses, and the pool of top performers shrinks every year because the rating system is flawed, so the bonus remains out of reach for the majority of people, despite successfully taking on more and more responsibility.

    There is no opportunity or incentive for external training or continuing education to develop new skills, unless it comes out of your own pocket. Internal training and development consists of webinars, videos, presentations and electronic books.

    IBM is late to the game in many new technologies, including Cloud, and this is evident by the consistent loss of revenue and lucrative contracts to new competitors like Amazon. This once innovative company no longer knows what it wants to be and suffers from an identity crisis--ask most people what IBM does, and they simply don't know. Until IBM has a clear plan for the future that involves more than reshuffling employees and changing the names of its business units, its long-term survival is in jeopardy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IBM's most valuable asset is its people. They are smart, driven, hard-working and want this company to succeed. Many of us are also shareholders. But until you recognize this and treat employees with respect, rewarding them for their service instead of trying to appease the board of directors and major stockholders, the company will continue to bleed money and talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Treat the employees like disposable widgets

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    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    good experience on various products looks good on a resume.

    Cons

    Layoffs always. No security. No pay raises ever. Toxic work environment. Unethical zero people skills management who are incompetent. CEO and executive managements are clueless and driving company into the ground. bad benefits, very costly $1,000/month out of pocket for a family. will not even pay for any meals if you travel that day. cheap on expenses. constant reorgs. IBM needs to commit to the long term with the company and employees. Rock bottom morale. Stay for 2-3 years then leave is what the new hires do. everyone hunkering down hoping they get the next package out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat your employees with respect and fairly. contribute to benefits more. include employees in profit sharing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Still the market leaders despite the lack of vision

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    Current Employee - Brand Specialist in Naperville, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Brand Specialist in Naperville, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Bright, intelligent, compassionate colleagues who for the most part, enjoy what they do.

    Cons

    Lacking in vision and insights into client needs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clients are desperate to find lower cost solutions that they perceive to have value

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Tired Culture that requires change

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    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Generally smart workforce. Support remote work environment. Opportunities for training and development. Company still has many "tentacles" into clients and prospects in order to pursue potential business.

    Cons

    Workforce is overwhelmingly apathetic and tired. Most employees are motivated primarily to do whatever is needed to cruise into retirement. No focus on employee satisfaction. No focus on enhancing loyalty. First and second layer management talent is generally weak and primarily focused on job protection and internal politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Culture and processes that support culture are old and not congruent with new direction to sell software and services solutions i.e.: cloud, analytics, mobile. Customer satisfaction is suffering big time. Job protection is priority vs taking action to improve customer satisfaction and grow new customer business. Difficult decisions need to be made because the current product/solution mix is not leading edge nor cost effective

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Stay inside "The Box"

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Working from Home and time management. Most of the direct managers are good and give you the flexibility to do you job. Management is good at giving you a work-life balance. At the end of the day, as long as the job is done!

    Cons

    They don't ask or want you to think "Outside the box" Only focus on your area, your cube, your space. They preach the need for new ideas, but aren't willing to consider them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to really challenge your staff to do something different and work smarter. Be willing to invest more time and energy in the development of young talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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