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IBM Reviews in Minnesota

Updated Jul 12, 2014
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2.8 119 reviews

38% Approve of the CEO

IBM CEO Virginia Rometty

Virginia Rometty

(52 ratings)

36% 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 1225 reviews)

  • There are no unrealistic expectations causing work-life balance to be messed up(in 1184 reviews)


Cons
  • Though the company espouses work life balance there is no getting away from work(in 369 reviews)

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

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    Software Engineer

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Rochester, MN

    ProsBig 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.

    ConsThere'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 Senior ManagementFind 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.

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

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    Don't expect Google wages and benefits

    Global Commodity Manager (Current Employee) Rochester, MN

    ProsCan work from home if you want.

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Electrical Engineer (Current Employee) Rochester, MN

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

    ConsPay 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 Senior ManagementCompared to other companies in similar fields, It would be nice to be recognized.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    7 different managers in 6 years

    Consulting IT Specialist (Former Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    ProsHuge opportunities. Always working with new technology.

    ConsMy 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 Senior ManagementToo many middle managers taking credit for any positive action.

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    Good Company

    Hardware Engineer (Current Employee) Rochester, MN

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementSalary is below market level

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Downward Spiral

    Senior Engineering Manager (Current Employee) Rochester, MN

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

    ConsLooks 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.

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

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

    Senior Manager (Current Employee) Rochester, MN

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

    ConsThere 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 Senior ManagementPeople 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.

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

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

    Software Engineering Manager (Former Employee) Rochester, MN

    ProsGreat people to work with throughout the company.

    ConsCompany 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 Senior ManagementThink 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.

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

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    Mixed Emotions

    Project Manager (Former Employee) Saint Paul, MN

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

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

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

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    Great starting job, lacks in promotion opportunities.

    Financial Analyst (Current Employee) Rochester, MN

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

    ConsWork not rewarding at times, Supplemental working status.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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