IBM Employee Review
IT Project Manager
A typical day was early in morning meeting builders and technical staff on site, over viewing the weeks work and signing off on any work completed, checking the project was running on time and that there were no sections in the red, meeting clients to check all numbers and items requested were correct, updating administration paperwork and making sure all technical staff knew their role and were working to their dead-lines, management were contacted if I could not achieve goals in allocated time of which a Project Management Group meeting was held once a week for this type of work. I learn't that most projects are team work and that they need a single point of contact for all questions. Hardest part of the role was when a client changed numbers then the knock on effect of all other departments changed, sometimes this could place a few days onto the end project date. The most enjoyable part of the role was when a client moved into their new premises and was smiling and saying thank you.
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Great staff at the technical levels. IBM's reputation seems to earn it some solid Government contracts. However... I should have taken the obvious hint the universe was trying to send, when the interviewer for the first interview arrived 30 minutes after the appointment time, and didn't seem to know what was going on. Accepted a senior management role, but within a month or two it became obvious the role was surplus to requirements. Let go after five months with little support or direction, and wondering why I was hired. IBM Ballarat has a close relationship with Federation University, so be prepared to work with students in "Earn and Learn" programs - this is both a pro and a con. Workplace is distant from the Ballarat CBD, with not many facilities close by.
Great technical people. Good training if you can find it.
Micromanagement, sprawling hierarchy, no onsite HR.
IBM for me has been a good place to work, though other peoples views will vary hugely based on which part of the business they are in, with many having much more negative experiences. Very sales focused culture & quarterly managed business. Never standing still, the business and people are subject to constant change to meet changing priorities and customer needs. Great people to work with, though a fairly high level of churn with people coming and going.