“"Honestly, I've found the office morale to be pretty terrible. In sales, your put on 6 month numbers. If you aren't able to hit your 1st or 2nd number, you're gone. They stopped factoring in how successful you've been in the past, or any of your past experience, and instead are looking only at your ability to support the company in their next quarter.
With this high amount of layoffs happening (and it's not just in sales, but also in strategic areas like cloud, analytics, and Watson), people are scared day to day about the stability of their position. It's hard to stay positive when you're constantly looking over your shoulder wondering if you're next.
Add all this to the fact that we look at the CEO who's receiving huge levels of compensation. It feels as though the company isn't actually aligned with their employees. Engagement surveys are continuously showing lower and lower results which quantifiably shows the decreasing morale."
"Morale is very dependent on which group of people you're working with. All departments differ and are being hit by layoffs differently. Where I work the morale is great, people are learning new tech quickly and we're seeing direct positive impact on our clients."”
“You can apply to IBM through their internally hosted job board platform. When you apply to your first job on IBM you'll be asked to set up a user and pass so they can comfirm you're intent. When applying to IBM you're only able to apply to one position at a time, and each position has specific questions. Take time evaluating which position you want to apply to as the turn-around time is usually about 3 weeks, and you'll have to wait to apply to different positions.”
“As an external applicant you'll be able to track the status of your applications via the IBM candidate portal. You'll have to put in an initial block of time to create a profile so that as you apply to future positions, the applications can be done quicker and IBM can also evaluate if you might be fit for other roles.”
“You can track the status of your application by logging in through the portal. On the landing page click on the link for job submission status. To follow up with someone for your application you will have to externally search for the HR team that would be connected to your position (unless you're applying to a very specific team that lists the point of contact).”
“"There are a few things IBM does better than other top tech companies. First of all I found that you can really take advantage of the benefits. If you're able to work consistently well, the matching IBM does for your 401k is pretty spectacular and adds up over time.
IBM also spans a wide range of different industries. This gives you the opportunity to move very far laterally into different departments if you prove yourself to be a hard worker. I've seen people move from project management, to consulting, to IS implementation. These lateral movement is invaluable when show casing on your resume your ability to learn in different environments.
The other great thing about working for IBM compared to other top technology companies is that they have pretty good work/life balance compared to the industry. It definitely depends on the projects your team have to complete for certain deadlines - but overall if you compare worklife balance at Apple and Microsoft to IBM, IBM does pretty well."”
To be successful at IBM you must be able to work collaboratively and have the willingness to learn new skills. Management takes a lot of time to train and support new employees, so keep a blank slate and be willing to put in extra work outside of normal times to align with the teams goals.
Many of the sales roles are remote, but options really depend on what your manager allows and what the job role entails. Marketing has historically been remote. IBM also has co-location working so you have the opportunity to work at different locations that are affiliated with IBM.
In general my co-workers and I think reasonably highly of her. She's definitely better than the average fortune 500 CEO, and has worked hard to set a clear vision for the company (something we're still lacking, but working towards). She's very good at connecting with employees and customers, but we feel some of her strategic decisions have been lacking. In general, there's a lot of pressure from investors to perform well on the stock market. This leads to a general focus on the company financials rather than new technology, the opposite of Amazon, and the new Microsoft.
“"IBM has a very generous 401k plan compared to any other company, matching 100% up to 5% of pay with an automatic 1% contribution. These 401k accounts also have extremely low fees.
There is a very high deductible health plan, where IBM funds health savings account of up to $1600 cash for a family or $800 for an indvidual, while also paying the employees health premium.
The day you start your job you get 15 days vacation plus 12 holidays (of which 5 are floating) for a total of 27 paid days off! Another great benefit is the IBM employee discount program which gets you up to 20% a wide range of products and services connected to IBM. This can get you 20% off cell phone companies, electronics stores, hotels, rental cars."”
IBM is an international IT technology and consulting firm. IBM spreads accross a wide range of industries, competing against companies in the computing, consulting CRM, Enterprise Software, Information Services, Information Technology, and Software sectors.
IBM was originally founded in 1911 by Thomas J. Watson. With its headquarters based in Armonk, New York, IBM has grown to be present in over 170 different countries. It is recognized as one of the largest employers in the world with over 380,000 employees with annual revenues exceeding $79 billion.
With over 380,000 employees, it's very difficult to determine the exact environment an employee will be working in. IBM has created a very strong explicit culture based off different philisophical ideals, and has worked hard to create an environment that continues to innovate and support its employees.
Employees who enjoy working for IBM express their love with the opportunity to move and grow vertically and laterally, being surrounded by smart co-workers, a strong benefits package, and the reputation you gain from working at IBM.
Former dissenting employees express their dislike for the below market compensation when compared to other top technology companies, the deep layering of management and distance from decisions, and the overall lack of vision for the company moving into the future.
There are opportunities for careers at IBM in Canada, US, and around the world for entry level and more experienced jobs. With over 5500 job openings, there are opportunities for engineers, sales people, business developers, customer service agents, and managers.
IBM has built a very complex system of values in the last 100 years of operations, but all these values can be summed up under 3 categories. IBMers have a dedication to every client's success, and are thus passionate about building strong, long-lasting client relationships. IBMers make innovations that matter for the world, their forward thinkers who believe reason and science can improve business, society, and the human condition. IBMers are trustworthy and are personally responsible in all relationships, they actively build relationships with all areas of the business built on trust by listening and keeping to their word.
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IBM was initially founded in 1911 by founder Charles Ranlett Flint. Originally called the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (CTR), it was renamed International Business Machines in 1924. Thomas John Watson Sr. served as the chairman and CEO for IBM from 1914 all the way to 1956, and developed a company who's culture and technologies were respected world wide. IBM holds the record for the most U.S. generated patents by a business, and with these patents they've revolutionized many industries. IBM is the inventor of the ATM, the PC, the floppy disk, the hard disk drive, the magnetic stripe card, the relational database, the SQL programming language, the UPC barcode, and dynamic random-access memory. In recent history, IBM has shifted to more business markets to increase its quarterly returns on investments, moving into consulting and IS implementation services. Nicknamed Big Blue, IBM has become one of the only 30 companies listed in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, and is one of the world's largest emplyers with nearly 380,000 employees.