IBM Reviews

Updated August 29, 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. 5 Years at IBM Marketing

    Former Employee - NY - New York in New York, NY
    Former Employee - NY - New York in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great People. Good training. Great access to market research.

    Cons

    Too matrixed. Slow moving. Hard to grow in your career.


  2. Great place to work on interesting projects

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Architect in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Architect in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time

    Pros

    IBM has many interesting technologies and projects: Watson, mobile, cloud, analytic. Work with many talented engineers and managers who are willing to share knowledge. Great 401k benefit plan.

    Cons

    IBM has a very top-down management style. Initiatives are likely going to start from the top. Engineers with creativity and innovations and lots of motivations are likely going to get little frustrated by the top-down management style.

    Advice to Management

    There are duplicate produces and features from different organizations targeted to same market. Teams may need to be more nimble and agile. Organizing based on projects or products may be a good idea than organization based on functional areas.


  3. Strategy Consultant

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Strategy Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Strategy Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong Company and great support network among colleagues.

    Cons

    Interesting projects are available, but you need to network your way to them. Had a chance to work with some great teams


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  5. Contractor

    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in New York, NY

    I worked at IBM as a contractor

    Pros

    Good working environment, lots of opportunity, strong management, excellent benefits and fair pay.

    Cons

    There are some Cons to the package. The obvious that you do not know how much of the bonus you will receive and how much it will be taxed depending on the state you are in. Helpful (1)

    Advice to Management

    To keep top talent continue to proactively reach out to new hires encouraging them to stick with it. Helpful


  6. User Experience Architect

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Freelancer - User Experience Architect in New York, NY
    Current Freelancer - User Experience Architect in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Low turnover, simple projects, really nice people, generous deadlines, flexible working conditions.

    Cons

    Underpaid, does not give proper training, very little room for growth, behind the times.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your workers what they are worth. Give them onboard training and training on IBM initiatives.


  7. Never a problem getting up for work on Monday

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Finance in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance could not be better, but if you take advantage of that option you won't move ahead or get pay raises Colleges are smart, supportive, hard working

    Cons

    Expect nothing and you'll be happy. Don't expect raises, bonuses, a meal with your team members. There is one thing to expect, anyway to save a dime they will. For the last 10 years working from home IBM did not pay for any supplies (printers/toner/paper, pens....), internet (evennthough you may need higher bandwidth to run systems), peer awards (logo apparel) removed, stóp using tie lines and use phones join feature and for larger conference calls we were asked to stop calling in with the 800#. All petty stuff which is the worst part. In the NY area Career advancement is like swimming up the Hudson. You'll be fighting jobs going to CoEs/offshored, sites closing, divestitures, moving into management dried up

    Advice to Management

    Send Ginni packing. No other advice it would not matter with Ginni at the helm and perfect storm on the horizon.


  8. Great Company to Learn and Utilize New Skills

    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


  9. 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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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.


  10. Large company, bright future

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Performance Marketing in New York, NY
    Current Intern - Performance Marketing in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


  11. Overall positive, definitely has its ups and downs

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - GBS Intern in New York, NY
    Current Intern - GBS Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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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