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- "1. Big Organisation 2. In/Out time constraint is not here 3. Work life balance is good" (in 8165 reviews)
- "The people are great and the Extreme Blue program was excellent for learning principles of product design." (in 4196 reviews)
- "Flexible time for work and offers work from home depending on the project that you will be part of" (in 4165 reviews)
- "Good benefits; IBM prides itself on being a leader in Healthcare Benefits and incentives for healthy living." (in 2855 reviews)
- "1. Extremely good work culture 2. Packages are good 3. Direct contact to senior level employees" (in 2583 reviews)
- "Low salary and the increment was less than 2% even top performer unless you got band promotion" (in 4610 reviews)
- "Poor Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . ." (in 2606 reviews)
- "• Hard to get a promotion unless you have a good manager that is respected and fights for you" (in 1906 reviews)
- "The pay is low and not much hope it will get better even through hard work and delivering results." (in 1538 reviews)
- "No Salary hike.No On site opportunity.Very few are lucky getting visas and traveled to on" (in 1497 reviews)
- 5.0FEATURED REVIEW3 Jan 2023Business ArchitectCurrent Employee, more than 8 yearsHortolândia
Good environment, Growth Mindset, Learning Opportunities, Career Paths, Internal Jobs Opportunities, and a sense of belonging, inclusive teams.
With a lot of different applications internally, we still have opportunities to improve internal processIBM Response9mo
Thanks for the great feedback! It's always wonderful to hear what our tenured employees think of the company. There are so many great things going on and we are happy that you continue to be part of this every new step of this journey. There's truly so much to look forward to in IBM and we are grateful to have you onboard!
- 4.026 Aug 2014Advisory EngineerCurrent Employee, more than 8 yearsHopewell Junction, NY
Disclaimer: A lot of what I'm writing below of course depends on the work area and management chain. But I found this to be fairly pervasive policies in IBM in my 9+ years with the company. 1. 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, and not by hours spent at their office. 2. Great colleagues! Though unfortunately, many have been leaving due to the instability of IBM's HW development business. 3. At least in my area, there's a high level of flexibility on which projects should I undertake based on my and my management assessment of business impact.
1. Unfortunately, IBM still uses the "normal distribution" rating system, where at the end of the year each employee is ranked as a top contributor (5%), above average contributor (15%), average contributor (~75%), and bottom contributor (5%). This curve is difficult to apply in the R&D world, where you may have many members of the team working long and hard hours, and end up being "average contributors" at the end of the year, because there just isn't room for all to be top contributors. 2. The above may not be so disturbing, if only IBM didn't practically cancelled all raises, performance bonuses and incentive for the non top-performers. I've had a consistent "above average" rating in the last 4-5 years, and my raise and performance bonus were ridiculous mere 1.5-2% of my salary. Were I rated "average contributor" I would have gotten NOTHING. So you can imagine that people can go year after year without any raise to their salary. From talking to manager friend, this is IBM's way to eliminate the non-top-performers without having to fire them, as part of its direction of reducing US manpower. 3. Hiring freeze in many areas - again, as part of IBM's attempt to reduce its workforce across North America and Europe we see many jobs move to the India and Far East markets. This is of course upsetting to see local teams shrink and disappear, especially when many great local IBM colleagues and experts begin to drop out. From my experience thus far working with India SW teams - they are still very far away from the standards I would have expected from US and Europe based teams. 4. Poor top down communication about company's and divisions' future. Employees learn from rumors and news websites what's about to come...583IBM Response8y
Thanks for sharing your experience, and we're glad that you've had a positive experience working with talented colleagues and taking advantage of IBM's programs. IBM is in the midst of a major transformation, --our Systems business is going through its own changes to strengthen competitiveness. Change is never easy. As part of our transformation, we just launched a whole new approach for how we are coaching employees, delivering feedback and managing reviews. No distribution guidelines or what some think of as 'stacked rankings." What's particularly great is that this was co-designed with our employee base from all over the world... to the tune of hundreds of thousands of page views, comments, on-line debates and discussions. IBMers even named the new system Checkpoint, to reflect the regular feedback rituals we're adopting. Managers are more empowered with the new methodology to help them acknowledge the great work of their teams and help their employees develop professionally. These steps and more are showing up in our employee surveys as well. So IBMers are feeling the change. We are confident these changes will help us in continuing to attract and retain great talent.
- 5.014 Nov 2023Technology Sales LeaderCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearSan Francisco, CA
At the cross-section of software and hardware, IBM provides me with a plethora of opportunities to work on interesting things. Good work/life balance. Products are used throughout the world. Good name recognition and the company generally has a good reputation. The CEO Arvind Krishna is uber passionate and engaged. Working at a company like IBM, one can find experts and gurus almost on every topic and talk to them and learn from them. You have the opportunity to have a lot of visibility with leaders and make a strong impact in different ways in your role similar to a small/start-up company, and yet you still also have the resources and support needed from IBM being a large global company. Grateful to be working alongside the most innovative, intelligent, and fun people in the world!
Employees tend to be siloed into specific roles and it can be hard to shift out of that role without making a big change to a totally different group. - You can feel "left-behind" here at times, so it's crucial to stay organized to keep up with the pace, especially early on. - Work-life balance (self-induced): it's easy to become attached to your work and your accounts, and it trickle over into your personal life after hours, or on weekends. Can't think of anything else. It's hard to find things wrong with IBM, in fact, this section took me a lot longer to provide the bullet points above then the pros section.
- 1.020 Nov 2023Associate ConsultantCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearNew York, NY
I can say very few good things. The only thing I can say is that the leadership is so lazy, inept, and unorganized that you have a lot of work-life balance and free time. Get a side hustle, but also expect to be cold called at 9pm while you’re at dinner.
Project managers have no ambition and emotional leadership is rampant throughout the organization. SAP training is over-emphasized, but there are few available SAP roles for Associates. Expect to waste your time learning things that will be obsolete by the time you are able to use them. Upward mobility is nonexistent. Nearly everyone is paid the bare minimum, so nearly everyone severely lacks motivation. Those who appear to be motivated seem to be complacent with mediocrity or afraid of dismissal. IBM pretends to be modern but is stuck in 1992. If you are a recent grad considering working here, I strongly suggest that you reconsider.
- 2.04 Nov 2023Senior Software EngineerCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearSan Jose, CA
IBM has a low bar for hiring engineers, so if you're having trouble finding an SWE job at GAFA you can probably get one at IBM (once the job market opens up again).
IBM used to be famous for putting its employees first. When I joined, I was told about how good the benefits were, and how IBM was a "family." In the past few years, that philosophy has been discarded. Every few months upper management makes sweeping policy changes, with no employee input, that significantly hurt US employees. When employees react en masse with concern, alarm, and constructive feedback, they ignore or gaslight us, or commit the strawman fallacy by mischaracterizing employees' concerns and then dismissing them. For example, in November 2023 (right after the employee engagement survey concluded), the did away with 401k matching, replacing it with a novel financial vehicle called an "RBA" with much lower yields, and tried to spin it as a good thing for us. Based on publicly available information, I'm estimating that this will probably save IBM at least $100M over the next decade in US benefits payouts. It also means IBM holds our retirement money, rather than the employee. IBM simply does not care about retaining talent right now -- if you are a senior or well-paid employee in the US, they see you as an expense, and they're showing you the door.8
- 2.016 Nov 2023Data EngineerCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearPune
Ibm policies are good like hybrid model, wifi reimbursement
Medical insurance is not at all good as it gives only 50% copay that too has different tnc . very less number of projects with no onsite opportunity. Manager oriented company , there is no hr specific to an account whom we can approach if we have some issues . Very difficult to get release from current project and move to another project in ibm ..as it depends on manager only who will ask to resign but won't release from the project. That is the main reason that people have to resign from here. Domestic projects are pathetic with no work life balance , poor management , will make you to work on weekends forcefully and with no shift allowance . I am telling from my personal experience as I have worked for one of the domestic project (telecom project) and I it was very hard to work there...had to work every weekend and in odd hours as well means they used to call at midnight as well with no shift allowance or comp off and thus I had to resign from ibm. They didn't allow any planned leaves and even if you have planned your travel in advance still they won't care and they will ask you to work during your travel..ssly ...out of the world people are here. They won't understand if someone has some emergency at home.
- 2.021 Nov 2023Senior Software EngineerCurrent Employee, more than 8 yearsAustin, TX
When you have a great manager that protects you from upper management nonsense, its great
Here's the real reason I'm posting. 1. They've stopped 401k matching (6%) and have switched to a "Retirement benefit account" that matches 5% of your salary. The downside is two-fold, returns in the RBA pegged at 3% and you have zero choice in how its invested. If you're early to mid career this is a massive loss. Also because its an RBA and not a 401k you don't have the same protections and choice if something happens to IBM, at least with a 401k its your account, the RBA stays withing IBM's control until you leave 2. The return to office is extremely sloppy, sites not having enough workspace, "come into the office or resign" ultimatums...all of this because of poor planning1
- 2.020 Oct 2023Applications DeveloperFormer Employee, more than 3 yearsCalcutta
Work culture, Leaves, Sometimes work life balance
IBM is a manager centric company, everything depends on your manager & there is no such HR to hear about your problems. So, if your manager is biased then this company is hell. In my case, even after doing so much of work, completing assignments on time without delay, I got Low Performance rating for the two consecutive years. So if according to them, my performance was Low then why did they not release me from the project ? Why my project release date was still 2025. So, it completely depends on your manager & mostly managers are adviced by the Tower Leads. After every Half yearly cycle, the tower leads & other senior management call on a meeting to discuss the ratings with the manager. Ibm's Kolkata DLF 1 tower B location PMI account's tower lead is one of the worst guy. He only knows Politics & how to ruin someone's career. And there is no HR or anything to whom you can complain. Salary is also peanut. You will not get any raise, specially for those who joins IBM India from another company. DON'T join IBM India.8
- 3.015 Oct 2023Sales ExecutiveFormer Employee, more than 10 yearsSão Paulo, São Paulo
- Used to be a good place for new hires to learn - Still a somewhat respected brand - Very rich legacy business (mainframe) - Competitive average compensation - Good understanding of how to operate a real world wide operation
- Has not created a single new technology in the last 10 to 15 years and thus lost most of it's relevance in the market - Company focused on market fireworks and make believe, most of it useless beyond capturing headlines, to keep stock price from being perceived for what it's worth - Leadership mostly has eyes for their compensation (mostly stock related) so they have no incentives to really grow the company or to make bets on REAL future growth - Leadership promotes market reverberating moves like acquisition of Red Hat, spin off of services business etc. as a way to buy time while "transformation" will take some two to three years so please be patient - Meanwhile, no real growth and continuous bleeding of people being laid off and a plethora of manuevers to cut cost to try to boost earnings per share.1
- 2.010 Nov 2023Talent Acquisition PartnerFormer Employee
IBM is changing the world with ground breaking technology and working to improve lives. They are leaders in many areas and encourage their employees to continously learn and grow. They have a rich history of diversity and inclusion and encourage innovation.
IBM no longer wants employees working remotely, CEO Arvind Krishna doesn't believe it improves the business. They tend to lay people off or do "resource actions" every quarter and we would literally fear for our jobs when the quarterly financials would come out. We had 2 years, 2021 and 2022 that they committed to no resource actions but instead redeployments to move employees into other areas of the company if possible but that ended quickly in 2023 and it is also hard to move internally to a new role as current employees aren't a priority unless you are an exec or more "valuable" resource. Most employees don't feel valued but as more of just an asset and a number. They have started projects to change that and change the perspective but gave up on them when they found other ways to save money.1
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