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IBM Reviews in Minnesota

Updated Jul 18, 2014
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3.4 119 reviews

32% Approve of the CEO

IBM CEO Virginia Rometty

Virginia Rometty

(52 ratings)

73% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Most managers are pretty flexible if you want to work from home a couple days a week (in 1228 reviews)

  • There are no unrealistic expectations causing work-life balance to be messed up (in 1189 reviews)


Cons
  • Though the company espouses work life balance there is no getting away from work (in 373 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 202 reviews)

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    Financial Analyst

    Financial Analyst (Current Employee) Rochester, MN

    ProsWork life balance and time off.

    ConsLow pay and not flexible telecommute policy.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    IBM Hardware is in decline

    Advisory Engineer (Former Employee) Rochester, MN

    ProsNice work-life balance and lots of resources because of its large size. Good place to start working ... they usually only hire new college graduates, anyway. Usually at the state of the art in terms of hardware design, but that is in decline. Nice co-workers but the company pits everyone against everyone for performance reviews.

    ConsIf you going into IBM hardware, be careful. Hardware earns money but unfortunately costs money. The amount it earns is not as much as the top dogs think it should, so I would expect it to sell off or lay off more people in this area. The company is top heavy, lots of senior people so you can get some early promotions, but then there are too many top dogs (due to experience) so you are stuck. Its EDA tools are out dated --- at least it should try harder to use industry standard ones --- and that can be a problem if you ever leave. Lots of regulations from the top down.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThink. Think future instead of quarterly. You have the power to change the world, but if you worry and react about each quarter, you will loose all that power.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    No work-life balance at IBM

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    ProsCan work from home easily
    Flexible working hours
    Awesome opportunities to learn

    ConsNo work life balance, PTO must be made up so IBM achieves 99% utilization. Required to work at least 44 hours per week and at least one Saturday quarterly.
    Poor management
    IBM does not care about its employees
    If you do work more than required, still more is demanded of you, also without recognition.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat the employee as a valuable asset instead of number. It's also hard on morale to see all of the layoffs occurring on a continual basis.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    No longer your Father's IBM

    Verification Engineer (Former Employee) Rochester, MN

    ProsGreat work/life balance.
    Decent salary.
    Lots of opportunity if you are in the right business.

    ConsIf you are in a division where IBM is trying to reduce its footprint, you will get laid off.
    Is cutting costs to reach its $20 EPS 2015 goal instead of investing in the company, this is causing IBM to eat itself and manipulate its earning numbers. This is not a plan for long term growth.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in your employees, increase morale.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Smart people working for a dying company.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Rochester, MN

    ProsEveryone is incredibly passionate at what they do. They're also way overworked and undervalued. Some of the smartest minds in the industry are here... until their positions are cut.

    ConsLooming threat of layoffs has dampened the community and the work ethic of the employees. Every day is a battle against the stock expectations

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your employees like humans, and reconsider getting cheap labor out of temporary interns and put more money into retaining the positions of your dedicated long-term employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    OK place to start, but get out of there before you're stuck

    Financial Analyst (Current Employee) Rochester, MN

    ProsGood place to start your career. Lots of learning opportunities that allow you to learn major financial systems many companies use. The company name looks good on your resume.

    ConsLots of down time mid month, not very challenging once you learn your role, salary is well below market rates, rarely give raises or bonuses.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCare about your employee more. If you can't afford to give them yearly raises or bonuses, maybe you should fire 1/3 of them so we actually have work to do and are fully utilized.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    start somewhere else

    Staff Software Engineer (Current Employee) Rochester, MN

    ProsGood place fro brown nosers

    ConsYou loose your skills at IBM

    Advice to Senior ManagementI do not have any. They have lots of cheap labor to choose from.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    No Don't go here and get out if you can

    Senior Firmware Engineer (Current Employee) Rochester, MN

    ProsMost of the people are great to work with

    ConsUpper management doesn't have a clue

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The Watson's are probably turning over in their graves

    Senior Technical Staff Member (Former Employee) Rochester, MN

    ProsGreat talent, greatest colleagues all working on great technologies.

    ConsAlmost yearly resource actions , which are really US job transfers to cheaper countries in disguise, are making IBM an increasingly more stressful and less desirable place to work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    IBm does not adhear to the policies toward their employees that they advertise as a caring place to be employed

    Financial Analyst (Former Employee) Rochester, MN

    ProsMeet many people from diverse backgrounds

    ConsNo pay increases over 7 years employement, lack of respect toward people over 40, Lack of opportunity to advance unless you are a manager's favorite.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemeber what the company was founded on...Taking care of the people and doing what brought success the first hundred years, IT WAS not outsourceing everything just to make a profit

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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