IBM Reviews

Updated July 18, 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 Company to Learn and Utilize New Skills

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Human Resources Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Human Resources Consultant in New York, NY

    I have been working at IBM (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    A lot of learning and development opportunities. Opportunities to work and collaborate with very highly skilled people. A broad spectrum of client facing consulting opportunities where you can make a significant impact.

    Cons

    Lower compensation and bonus relative to competitors. Work-life balance can be a challenge.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget to develop relationships with your team and/or direct reports. Makes all the difference in the world for driving employee engagement.


  2. Making the world's best chips!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very smart people and a reasonably open and collaborative environment in which to work. The Alliance Partnerships with Samsung, Toshiba, Sony, Infineon, Freescake, ST Microelectronics and AMD/GlobalFoundries-were ahead of their time and inspiring to work in. Development engineers from all around the world working on common goals.

    Cons

    Doing development in a manufacturing environment is a young man's game! Long hours and poor quality of life.

    Advice to Management

    Identify people managers because they have people skills. Develop your people managers to develop people skills.


  3. Overall positive, definitely has its ups and downs

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - GBS Intern in New York, NY
    Current Intern - GBS Intern in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    I really like how accessible people within the company are, regardless of their standing in the firm. I also like how CBDers are supported and bring youthful energy into projects.

    Cons

    I didn't have the most typical intern experience and was not taken care of properly. Two of my assignments were canceled due to lack of funding and I was placed on an internal role which was not consulting in nature. However, I am still finding things to do.

    Advice to Management

    Fewer email chains -- more action!


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  5. Large company, bright future

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Performance Marketing in New York, NY
    Current Intern - Performance Marketing in New York, NY

    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

    Good work life balance. A lot of freedom to pursue what motivates you. As IBM transitions into the new age of tech companies they are really attempting to invest in young talent and that is great for interns

    Cons

    Huge company so not a lot of exposure unless you put yourself out there.


  6. Contract Professional

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at IBM (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work arrangements. Ability to foster relationships within teams.

    Cons

    No ability to be trained in new areas.

    Advice to Management

    Foster employees desire to learn.


  7. Was never a good fit

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at IBM (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good training , not too much stress

    Cons

    The consulting manager did not even understand what we did. She left or was forced out.

    Advice to Management

    Define exactly what you want to consult on


  8. Helpful (1)

    Incredible company - facing some tough times, but turning things around

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at IBM

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

    Pros

    I'm working with some of the smartest people I've ever worked with. Hours are flexible, but a lot is expected. If you're part of one of IBM's key initiatives (Cloud, mobile, Watson, analytics, etc.), you're basically working with products that are leading global changes in technology, which is pretty incredible. My team is located all around North America, which can also be cool. It's like working for a well-funded startup. I believe in the company's leadership.

    Cons

    IBM's facing some tough times, and will likely continue to lose revenue for some time as it shifts to new business models. The newer, faster-moving business unites (Cloud, mobile, etc.) can sometimes contain multiple teams with overlapping responsibilities, which can be confusing and frustrating. But such are the conditions of working in a startup. Total comp (base, bonus, and health insurance) is less at IBM than it was at my previous place of employment. Be sure to compare health insurance costs; I was surprised by the difference.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to clarify team roles. Take note of competitor compensation levels, if you want to ensure you keep the best and brightest. Try not to move back to the "I've Been Moved" slogan for the 1980s IBM. :)


  9. Great place to work

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

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good pay, great vacation, interesting projects. Managers work with you to keep you staffed. Partners are knowledgeable and are willing to help those who seek it.

    Cons

    Easy to get lost in the mix, internal systems are slow, process for promotion is a drag. Firm is very political, need to network heavily to make it to the top.

    Advice to Management

    Try to be more flexible in letting employees move from organization to organization within the company. Fire the people who don't want to work, or who don't bill time... Trim the fat!


  10. research engineer

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

    I worked at IBM full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    a lot of flexibility to switch between depts. tons of opportunities to learn different skill sets and career paths.

    Cons

    corporate ladder and sometimes politics. otherwise than that, there isnt too many bad things about the firm


  11. IBM in 2015

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Sales Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Sales Executive in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great company, proven track record of changing with the times to stay relevant during a 100 year lifespan, unmatched relationships across all industries, globally. Plenty of opportunities for to change roles as your career evolves.

    Cons

    Salaries are average, incentive compensation is average, ability to earn capped. Can be bureaucratic at times.



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