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Updated July 16, 2015
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Pros
  • You can work from home or office (when you are in town) (in 1347 reviews)

  • Depending on projects - excellent work-life balance (in 1315 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is basically non existent (in 423 reviews)

  • Senior management has lost it's sense of what the corporate mission is (in 214 reviews)

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  1. Great Intern Experience

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

    I have been working at IBM as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Management and full-timers are all very welcoming. While most are busy from day to day, the majority are eager to help interns. Almost without exception, the managers have been very receptive to ideas, advice, and criticism. The intern projects are all real and valued projects, working alongside full-timers and their development teams to create something that will be used inside the company and/or for the client.

    Cons

    For most interns there is not a lot of freedom to be creative. With the exception of IBM's enormous production of patents, there is not a lot of focus on innovative or creative projects/work/ideas. Some may be paired with projects that are outside your interest.

    Advice to Management

    A better job could be done of pairing interns with projects that suite their interests and skills. Maybe personalized side projects alongside exploration into other areas of the business unit could be implemented to allow more creativity if it can't be found in one's own project.


  2. Software Development Intern in Cloud Managed Services

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

    I have been working at IBM as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The work done here is challenging, and fast pace. There is excitement about what we are doing and how we are contributing to the company and the client's experience. The people who work here are always willing to help a co-worker and are very industrious.

    Cons

    The technology could run smoother. Also, the process by which things are accomplished seems inefficient; with so many meetings, it is sometimes hard to get meaningful work done in the required time frame.

    Advice to Management

    Allow a little more freedom within projects. Instead of having to go through the food chain of superiors, a little freedom to make independent changes as the developer sees fit would make it a lot easier to improve the product.


  3. Software Engineer Internship

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

    I have been working at IBM as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This company is very active in making sure that interns have a chance to be involved at work, and also in the community. The organize a group specifically for interns to network and participate in fun events, such as volleyball, beach days, happy hours, etc. The pay is higher than expected. The work is entertaining, and I definitely picked up a few new things from my short time here.

    Cons

    This might not be everyone's case, but I received little direction on what they expected out of my project. A lot of the decisions were made by me, and then they just went with it. As an intern a little more direction would have been appreciated. Also, they assigned a leader to me that is always busy. He as meetings all day, every day. This makes it hard to get changes approved, and questions answered.

    Advice to Management

    Assign a leader to the intern that will have more time to contribute. My leader is always busy with meetings, and there is no chance in ever getting project questions answered. Makes it frustrating to come to work sometimes, and I feel like time is wasted trying to find an answer.


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  5. Advisory Engineer, Project Manager

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, can move around for different projects

    Cons

    Working is very demanding, a lot of overtime

    Advice to Management

    Look for long term strategy, not just near -term business results. Give focus to your employees.


  6. Systems Group Brand Expense Analyst

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

    I have been working at IBM full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    IBM provides great OTJ training, access to relevant systems and builds skills quickly in the field of finance. The workplace is highly flexible and there are frequent departmental activities and outings to build morale. Working at the finance Center of Excellence allows for a great deal of networking, team building, and skill sharing.

    Cons

    There is a lot of turnover with a very young workforce. Individual roles vary widely in both responsibility and workload, with some having very little work while others require overtime. All finance employees enter under "long-term supplemental" status, which includes slightly less pay and less benefits.

    Advice to Management

    The entry-level pay is just okay, but not great, and there are no clear ways of jumping up the pay scale quickly. This is why, I'm guessing, the rate of turn-over is so high. People get the experience and skills they need to succeed at other companies who will pay them more.


  7. Program Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at IBM (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Solid Management with great work ethics

    Cons

    Nothing that would be considered a Con

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring great people,


  8. Helpful (1)

    Casual, comfortable, and sometimes a feeling of unimportance.

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

    I have been working at IBM full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great hours. Generally good-natured co-workers and on-site managers. Very flexible in every sense. Low-key. Patient. Educational. Looks good on your resume. Benefits.

    Cons

    Beyond the on-site management is a nebulous blob. Feedback rarely incorporated. Computers, furniture very low-end and generally decades past expiration date. Pay. Location. Morale. Turnover. Titles are a total mess. No pay for "fringe" costs, like training, attorney dues, etc. Raises come very slow.

    Advice to Management

    Ultimately, it feels like we are not valued as 1. pay is low, 2. furniture is worn-out, 3. computers are basic, 4. titles are arbitrary and often derisive.


  9. Overall great experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Pretty relaxed atmosphere. - Coworkers are willing to help each other learn. - Flextime is great. - Salary is good.

    Cons

    - Review process is vague and based on perception more than it should. - Many old timers that need to learn new ways. Including how to interact with people. - Processes are behind the times.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure that managers are involved in their subordinates work plan so they know and understand the impact of their work.


  10. Helpful (1)

    STG Senior Software Engineer

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

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    IBM has great technology that is interesting to with and develop. The work is challenging and makes good use of people's skills.

    Cons

    There is not always enough people to get job done. Development is some hampered by a lack of resource. Negative moral with the treat of resource actions.

    Advice to Management

    Concentrate on making the best product that best meets the need of the customer rather which lines of business to sell and how much of the workforce to layoff.


  11. Worldwide WebSphere (middleware) Marketing Manager for Healthcare & Life Sciences: collateral composition, sales support

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Websphere Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Websphere Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Global exposure/experience and working awareness of state-of-the-art information technology and market realities.

    Cons

    Difficult to maintain corporate esprit d'corps in light of work-from-home workplace situation and limited travel budget.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain corporate values in spite of quarterly revenue and market share pressures.



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