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IBM Reviews in Minnesota

Updated July 12, 2014
Updated July 12, 2014
11,963 Reviews

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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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  1.  

    Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    Big Blue has many great opportunities to advance your career. Internal education and external training compensation. The atmosphere is more contemporary and relaxed. Being involved in leading edge technology that has truly shaped the world.

    Cons

    There's so many management changes it's difficult to build a relationship with your manager, seems like you're always starting over. So much is focused on statistics for your job instead of the efforts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find another way to stay in touch with each employee. Don't focus on the stats in those cases see what your employee has contributed to the team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Don't expect Google wages and benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Global Commodity Manager  in  Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Global Commodity Manager in Rochester, MN

    Pros

    Can work from home if you want.

    Cons

    Little to no pay raises and small or no bonuses. Expect selective hiring with industry average pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You hire people with top GPAs, but only pay them average salaries. I can do better at many other firms.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    IBM can be an incredibly nice place to work but at the same time has the trappings of being too sedimentary.

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer  in  Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Rochester, MN

    Pros

    The people are nice, and its a world wide company with a good reputation.

    Cons

    Pay was below average for what I did. The HW engineering side was obviously never growing and therefore full of the same people doing the same position for a very long time. AKA if you expect to move up you had to wait for someone to retire (or get laid off). The business strategy is good but at a determent (shrinking) to HW engineering. You had to compete with people who should have been advising you for any attention with your upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compared to other companies in similar fields, It would be nice to be recognized.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    7 different managers in 6 years

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consulting IT Specialist  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Consulting IT Specialist in Minneapolis, MN

    Pros

    Huge opportunities. Always working with new technology.

    Cons

    My job changed drastically 5 different times in 6 years. Add 7 different managers and it is virtually impossible to establish a career. Did I mention 2 salary modifications as well? That is a code word for reduction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many middle managers taking credit for any positive action.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good Company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer  in  Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Rochester, MN

    Pros

    Work Life balance
    Friendly mangers and upper level management
    Good Career growth

    Cons

    Big company
    No place to enhance skills as the upper management does all stuff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Salary is below market level

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Downward Spiral

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager  in  Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Rochester, MN

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, Good pay. The want 20 works here but I really can't think of any additional good things to say.

    Cons

    Looks like the end of the road is coming. Crazy hours - work mornings and evenings in addition to normal business hours. Business units keep getting sold off and there are 1-2 resource actions (layoffs) every year. Everyone is just waiting for their number to be called. Meanwhile the work keeps piling on to the people remain and the business wants to pull-in schedules to get product out the door sooner. Less people + more work + quicker schedules = more problems for the customer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Had many different jobs within IBM in almost 27 years at the company.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Rochester, MN

    Pros

    You can get plenty of independence and responsibility, and great people to work with.

    Cons

    There are fewer great people left - many are voluntarily leaving for more money/less stress. Decreasing staffing, increasing workload, and disconnected management can make the days very long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People join companies - but they leave managers. Your line management team is overwhelmed with too many direct reports (I know of 1st lines with 40+ direct reports) and too much individual responsibility. Coaching and mentoring is suffering woefully - leading to increasing retention problems. Take action now to reduce the span of control and demonstrate that you truly value line management as professionals who develop what you state is the companies greatest asset - its people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    I had a long career at IBM, but was affected by a layoff

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Manager  in  Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Rochester, MN

    Pros

    Great people to work with throughout the company.

    Cons

    Company reacts to quarterly results with downsizing to meet their 2015 roadmap. There seems to be no long term vision which is resulting in more and more downsizing (right sizing in IBM's terms). Follows the theme of doing more with less.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about how your decisions affect the people in the trenches. If you continue to reduce the workforce at the current rate, there will no one left for management to manage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Mixed Emotions

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Saint Paul, MN

    Pros

    Benefits are good and mosty of the team members are very professional and good to work with

    Cons

    Long hours, many management changes and need to have a seperation from personal manager and account manager as the focuses are conflicts. Advancement is difficult unless you are constantly in class or "know someone".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review the actions to make continual management changes and if new managers are placed, they should not make personnel decisions without guidance.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great starting job, lacks in promotion opportunities.

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

    Pros

    Young work environment, PTO, no micro-management, flexibility.

    Cons

    Work not rewarding at times, Supplemental working status.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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