Support and benefits
When you join us, you become part of a far-reaching network of expertise. One that has developed and evolved over more than 100 years. Needless to say, then, that you won’t need to look far for advice, insight and support. But what else can you expect from us?
We offer a range of personal benefits such as medical schemes, health screening, wellness programmes and insurance programmes. We try to be as flexible as possible, so you choose what is appropriate for your personal needs.
IBM is a great place to work because we focus on achievement not hours. The ability to work longer hours some days, shorter hours others and the ability to work from home means you can better balance the demands of your job with your interests and home life.
We look for people who will focus on building their expertise continuously in line with the ever-changing business environment. Continuous learning and development is therefore key for you and your career at IBM.
Individual development plan
Your career path will be as individual as you are. You might choose to move vertically, you might prefer to deepen your knowledge in your field of expertise or you might decide to make lateral moves to broaden your range of skills. Whichever path you choose, you will create an individual development plan each year to help you to continue to grow. It helps identify the skills you need to fulfil current and future business commitments, and the available prospects to improve those skills. It is also a great opportunity to discuss your career aspirations, job satisfaction, skills and competency gaps, and priorities for learning with your manager.
Personal Business Commitments
IBM's success depends on how well all employees achieve individual goals and contribute to the company's strategic objectives. The PBC program is the means by which all IBM employees worldwide set their goals for the year and get evaluated on their performance. This program reinforces IBM's high-performance culture and differentiates employees based on their contribution to the company. To sustain marketplace leadership, we maintain an environment where every employee is rewarded to encourage them to perform at an exceptional level.
We have produced career roadmaps that help plan your career within IBM. These maps will help identify what skills you need and how to gain proficiency in these. They also detail what specific experiences you need and projects you need to have worked on to move up the next step on the career ladder. They will help you understand what relevant education you need and will show you, where appropriate, when you will be able to achieve professional accreditation within your profession. They are essentially a guide and a map to help you plan your career.
‘Your career’ portal
We have created the ‘Your career’ website to help you manage your career in IBM. All the things you need to perform online career-related tasks and activities are accessible in one easy place – from managing your objectives to creating your Individual Development Plan. This tool also helps you find available projects, jobs, mentors and provides a personalised all-in-one status of your career development tasks and activities.
Whether you're looking for online or classroom courses offered by IBM's professional communities, you'll find them on the Learning@IBM website. Universal access to thousands of internal e-learning modules is included, so you can take the courses you need at your convenience. You can also reference leading business and technical publications, all providing you with the opportunity to learn and grow – key differentiators in today’s ever changing marketplace.
The IBM professions structure provides career paths for skills and capability development with job categories and job roles. If you ever face any professional, career and development challenges, an excellent source of support is the IBM Professions community. There are communities of practitioners with similar skills sets, who share best practice and intellectual capital.
We want you to use your knowledge and expertise to help our clients solve their most-important business problems. And we’ll give you a comprehensive support network to enable you to do this. Your Career Manager will be there to guide you in planning your career and improving your performance. A Resource Manager will work with you to get you placed into assignments and, when you’re working on a project, you’ll also have a Project Manager to set day-to-day objectives. We’ll also give you a ‘mentor’ – someone to welcome you into IBM, show you the ropes and be there for any questions you have.