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Updated December 3, 2014
Updated December 3, 2014
12,328 Reviews
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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.  

    Excellent company to learn a broad range of skills

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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

    Pros

    Great learning environment, opportunities if you can find a way to stand out amongst many analysts.

    Cons

    Little time to really develop your role, since people shift roles so regularly. You get a broad range of experience, but nothing really deep.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great way to start my career, limited prospects for growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Rochester, MN

    I worked at IBM full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I started working at IBM as an intern in 2005 and left in 2010, at the time (and I imagine it is still this way), the company was in a transition with a lot of long time employees and a transition to workers overseas.

    My favorite part about working at IBM was the people. While I was the only employee in my group under 30, that did mean that everyone I had worked with was very experienced and took me under their wing. I can't imagine where I would be without my former colleagues. We still meet for a monthly dinner to keep in touch.

    Another benefit was that since so much was in transition, I took on a lot of responsibility for my young age. While some may not like that, it's a great opportunity to get your feet wet and try a bunch of different things.

    Cons

    What I didn't like and the reason I ultimately left was seeing a lot of people let go and budgets cut for projects I worked on. I worked in Manufacturing Support, so as you could imagine a lot of that work got marginalized as more moved overseas. I wish those who had served IBM for their entire lives were held with regard and treated with more dignity on their way out.

    There was also an apprehension to embrace new technologies (even IBM software!). My skills began to atrophy when compared to my friends from college. I eventually left. IBM seems to be moving more away from that. We were still using CMVC, software that hasn't been maintained since 2000 when I left.

    Too much process! We had 3rd line managers responsible for 'deploying' our application who I had never even meet.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Reinvent your Future.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    The best reason to work for IBM is flexibility. Ample vacation time allotted, and the culture is performance driven; as long as the deliverables are met, you can do all the other things you do in life. Also working at IBM you're surrounded by awesome people. Education and skill development is encouraged and required.

    Cons

    When there's an important or time sensitive deadline you end up working a lot of hours. Also, its difficult to meet the deliverables of clients when "costs" are too high and heads are getting cut.
    Its an unending cycle of knee jerk reactions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you make people feel valued, you'll get a lot more good work from them. Stop looking for ways to stuff your own pockets and start actually valuing the people. Happy people work happy, give me a window or I want to work from home.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company, great job/career, Russian roulette for US workers.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer - Information Development in Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Software Engineer - Information Development in Rochester, MN

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

    Pros

    The people are of the highest caliber! The pay and benefits are great. Severance package is really good.

    Cons

    Big company means a lot of red tape sometimes. Constant layoffs for US folks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great -large- company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Rochester, MN

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

    Pros

    You can do anything with this company, if you have a good manager and time to work towards getting there. It is sad to see resource actions and friends leave for greener pastures, but I would recommend it to anyone who doesn't mind working for a large company. Great work life balance, if you want it and are in the right area.

    Cons

    One can get lost if they don't own their career, or work towards getting under a strong manager. There are a lot of bad managers, both because they were great at what they used to do and moved into management, or the opposite. Neither guarantees a great manager, but once you are there, it is rare to see you go unless you want to. Horrible work life balance if you are in the wrong area. Difficult to move out, but not impossible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to protect your department by limiting your employees. Think of the company, and work with other managers to provide win/win opportunities for both you and your employees. It amazes my how rarely you see anything beyond allowing the employee to move, leaving a hole in their previous position.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good work life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Rochester, MN

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

    Pros

    Been here 14 years, learned a lot about various programming languages and technology.

    Able to spend half or more time working from home which is very nice. Certainly this may vary for others depending on your manager and job role.

    Stock options were very nice (while they lasted.)

    Cons

    Like most big companies like this, you are a resource that could be let go at any time.

    Any programming you may do outside of IBM still belongs to IBM legally because of the agreement you sign when hired..

    Can get competitive and stressful at times.

    There are legal rules/guidelines that are ridiculous and in conflict with each other: things like MySQL, Wine and Citrix Receiver being banned for internal use by some internal areas within IBM but used freely by others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start caring more about employees than stock holders and you will be rewarded.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good career growth but constant threat of layoffs.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Hardware Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Staff Hardware Engineer in Rochester, MN

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

    Pros

    Many paths for advancing your career and skill set. Great people to work with (though if most of your team is on another site, move there or change to a local project). The environment really is set up to communicate well with your team and provide you the required assistance in getting a project done.

    Cons

    Constant threat of layoffs even in the quarters with good market performance. Upper management really gives no warning about employment prospects. It is probably best to be in a city where there are other employment options, should your job go away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I've enjoyed my 1st and 2nd line managers (even some higher ups), but upper level management seems to focus on stock performance over retaining good employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    My experience so far has been a positive one.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Rochester, MN

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

    Pros

    flexibility, lots of chances to grow within the company, great work life balance program, good insurance and benefit

    Cons

    Global teams with different time zones, stability issue as resource actions are frequent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give people managers more power to have inputs into resource actions and execution planning.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Procurement Engineering - Mechanical & Electrical sub assembies to main frame systems

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Procurement Professional in Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Procurement Professional in Rochester, MN

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

    Pros

    IBM pays very well and they have an average benefit program. The vacation benefit is very good. They have flexible schedules for most positions.

    Cons

    IBM states that they are remaining in the hardware business. History would indicate that this is not true. Initially they sold Storage to Hitachi. Then they sold the Desk Top/Lap Top business to Lenovo. They are currently in the process of selling Low End Servers to Lenovo and laying off a good portion of their Mid Size Main Frame Server employees. Anyone accepting a job at IBM in the US hardware business should plan on a short duration at IBM.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IBM was once the greatest company to work for. It has degraded over the past 30 years for employees in hardware design and manufacturing and any related teams that support hardware manufacturing. When IBM was strong they provided long term 5 year plans to the employees a couple of times each year. The last time I saw a 5 year plan was in the mid 90's. There are far to many Directors, Vice Presidents, and Presidents within IBM. The corporate portion of the company has gotten greedy like many companies. The hard working middle class employees that have been part of the company for 20+ years are paying the price by getting laid off in a part of their life where getting another job with equivalent vacation, pay, and benefits is impossible. The big question is how long will IBM last once they no longer manufacture hardware?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Hardware is serious contracting/shrinking, but software (cloud, big data, mobile, cognitive computing, social) is great.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Rochester, MN

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

    Pros

    This company really does try to change the world for the better.

    Cons

    Today, that means shrinking my area (hardware engineering/chip development).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help retrain all those hardware engineers into software engineers.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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