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IBM Reviews in Minnesota

Updated October 31, 2014
Updated October 31, 2014
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Pros
  • Work from home 2 days/week if you have to commute over 45 minutes to the office (in 1347 reviews)

  • Work life balance ( Work from home) & wider opportunity if you have good network (in 1315 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life/balance depends entirely on the management of your individual projects (in 423 reviews)

  • Senior Management thinks that too many metrics are replacement for good management (in 214 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work if you don't like adding value to a company

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The PTO is nice, as a regular employee I get 20 days. Also, the health benefits I have are decent and practically free.

    Cons

    I don't even know where to start with the cons of working at the COE in Rochester. Yes, IBM looks good to have on your resume but it's not worth the soul sucking torture you have to go through every day. Training is a joke, they rely on the person who had the role before you to train you in... my past two roles I've gotten because someone has been leaving IBM and they didn't really care about training me. This has left me feeling like I've been "thrown to the wolves" with both of my roles... BUT it's ok, because it's not like the work you do actually adds any value to IBM.

    I've feel like I've gained very little work experience in the finance field.

    If you do happen to take an FA job here, I hope you don't plan on growing your career here. There are very few opportunities for advancement. I guess I shouldn't say that, the Rochester COE does seem to love to do vertical promotions... you know, the type where you get more work but no extra pay.

    Overall, I highly advise that you only take a job here as a very last resort if you can't get another job out of college.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take training more seriously because bootcamp is a joke. Also, find a way to make your employees feel like their role actually adds value to the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Big Blue, It No Like You

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Consultant in Rochester, MN

    I worked at IBM as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work-life balance, friendly co-workers, flexible schedule, having a hard time reaching the 20 word minimum so...

    Cons

    No upward mobility, lack of compensation, monotonous work environment, unethical labor practices, a surfeit of management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ya'll need Jesus

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good Start, but don't stick around

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The work is easy. You will be working with younger new grads.

    Cons

    If you get stuck with an international team you will be stuck with meetings at all hours of the day. Most of the work is so easy that a monkey can do it. Your accountants are in Mexico and seem to lack simple understanding of how to debit and credit simple transactions.

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  5.  

    Great place to start!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Professional atmosphere, personal and career growth, vacation days, team environment.

    Cons

    Training, management, promotions, work-life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Financial Analyst

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance and time off.

    Cons

    Low pay and not flexible telecommute policy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    IBM Hardware is in decline

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    Former Employee - Advisory Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Advisory Engineer in Rochester, MN

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice 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.

    Cons

    If 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 ManagementAdvice

    Think. 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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    No work-life balance at IBM

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

    Treat 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    No longer your Father's IBM

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    Former Employee - Verification Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Verification Engineer in Rochester, MN

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    If 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 ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees, increase morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Smart people working for a dying company.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, MN

    I worked at IBM as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Everyone 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.

    Cons

    Looming 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 ManagementAdvice

    Treat 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Rochester, MN

    I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

    Lots 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 ManagementAdvice

    Care 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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