IBM Reviews in Minnesota

Updated July 18, 2014
Updated July 18, 2014
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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

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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 for 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
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    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 for 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
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    No work-life balance at IBM

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than a 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
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    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 for 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
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    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 for less than a 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
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    OK place to start, but get out of there before you're stuck

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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 for 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
  8.  

    start somewhere else

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer  in  Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Rochester, MN

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good place fro brown nosers

    Cons

    You loose your skills at IBM

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I do not have any. They have lots of cheap labor to choose from.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    No Don't go here and get out if you can

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    Current Employee - Senior Firmware Engineer  in  Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Firmware Engineer in Rochester, MN

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Most of the people are great to work with

    Cons

    Upper management doesn't have a clue

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    The Watson's are probably turning over in their graves

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Staff Member  in  Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Staff Member in Rochester, MN

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great talent, greatest colleagues all working on great technologies.

    Cons

    Almost 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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    IBm does not adhear to the policies toward their employees that they advertise as a caring place to be employed

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

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Meet many people from diverse backgrounds

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

    Remeber 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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