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Updated July 15, 2015
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  • 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. IBM Intern living in MA working for an Austin Team

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Littleton, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Littleton, MA

    I have been working at IBM

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    I get to work from home, and yet still have amazing support from my team. When in the office there are programs for continued education, networking, and post graduation job placement. Its clear that IBM wants you to succeed, and they want to take care of you.

    Cons

    There are none that I have experienced.

    IBM Response

    Jul 15, 2015 – Social HR Development Manager

    One of the reasons why IBM is a great company to work for!


  2. Overall Good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Quality Assurance Intern in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Software Quality Assurance Intern in Durham, NC

    I have been working at IBM

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

    Pros

    Interesting Intern Seminars Ability to work from home and continue part-time during the school year Mentor program

    Cons

    Boring atmosphere Could use more intern seminars

    Advice to Management

    More intern seminars Job shadowing in other career areas


  3. Intern

    Current Intern - Intern
    Current Intern - Intern

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    I love the people and the innovative culture. I appreciate the guidance from my managers. I feel fulfilled in my work.

    Cons

    I do not like only being an intern. It is a good program but it is hard to feel so new in such a big organization.

    Advice to Management

    I think a longer internship than 2 months might be helpful with greater emphasis on in person teamwork.


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  5. Summer Intern Review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Intern in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at IBM

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Brand name, Global Exposure, Challenging projects, Work culture and employee friendly

    Cons

    Slow pace of work. More people working from hoome


  6. Laid back working environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern in San Jose, CA

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

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

    Pros

    The work-life balance is great. The focus is on the work being done and not the arbitrary amount of hours that you need to spend in the office, so if you get all of your work done then you can go home. Keep in mind that I am doing a full-time internship and can only speak form that perspective.

    Cons

    The cubicles aren't necessary. There is not really a collaborative atmosphere at least for my project. People seem to be segregates. There needs to be more introduction across the teams to make the work atmosphere social and friendly.

    Advice to Management

    Create rooms where people can just go to work with other people, or to just sit and work while other people are working on other things so that people can get to know each other.


  7. Internship Program

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Human Resources Intern in Armonk, NY
    Current Intern - Human Resources Intern in Armonk, 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

    1. The projects that you'll be working are extremely important for the strategy of IBM.So you won't be sharpening pencils or making coffee. The projects can generate a bit of stress and anxiety, but the learning curve is very steep. 2. The exposure you have to top executives is amazing. Everyone will know who you are and they are very down to earth and approachable humans. 3. You have access to so many training opportunities that it can be overwhelming to decide which training do you want to take 4. The new hires will make you feel part of the team even before you start your internship 5. The best thing is the flexibility to work remotely as an Intern! Of course, you learn more if you work at an environment where you can constantly hear what IBMers talk about during lunch break.

    Cons

    1. I suggest you are prepared to deal with all the acronyms they use. There are a LOT. 2. Because a lot of employees work remotely, the offices might feel a little empty. Depending on the team you work with you might get more or less face to face interaction with your team. 3. They need to upgrade the work laptops assigned to interns...sometimes you could get a laptop that you need to restart once or twice a day...mine is fine but others have had a harder time with their laptops. Also, they can be quite heavy to carry around everyday. 4. They don't assign housing, so if you are in NY, make sure you start your housing search ASAP so you get a good location and price. 5. There is no free food in the cafeteria, and it can get pretty expensive if you don't pack your own lunch and eat everyday at the cafeteria...and food as good for the price they charge you

    Advice to Management

    It would be nice if more social informal interactions were encouraged at Armonk because it makes the workplace more welcoming and friendlier. Also, It would be nice to see more remodeling of the older buildings at Armonk. A few buildings look like they were stuck in the 90s Also, If you want to encourage people to work at the office instead of remotely, I would at least subsidize the cafeteria food and put more interactive information flat screens in the Armonk Buildings. I would also add maybe a gym if possible!


  8. Good company to work with

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

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people at IBM are very helpful and knowledgeable. They are very hardworking and really hep you to achieve the results and assign a proper task to an intern. So there is a lot to learn. No politics, very peaceful environment.

    Cons

    No cool environment like start-ups or other giants in bay area.


  9. IBM summer internship

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst Intern in Somers, NY
    Current Employee - Business Analyst Intern in Somers, NY

    I have been working at IBM

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

    Pros

    Learning a lot. get to interact in an office environment. seeing what its like to work in the field i am studying. gaining real world experience. and most importantly having fun.

    Cons

    9-5 can be exhausting at the beginning and takes some time to get used to. there is a lot of passwords to keep track of.

    Advice to Management

    have the interns write down all of their passwords at first then they can destroy the paper later.


  10. Overall positive, definitely has its ups and downs

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    • 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!


  11. A strong research institution, but needs to pay more attention to detail

    Current Intern - Intern in Yorktown, NY
    Current Intern - Intern in Yorktown, NY

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

    Pros

    There is a nice atmosphere of respect for a wide range of research, including research that is riskier or wouldn't be expected to pay off for a long time. And the natural, green setting is beautiful (in Yorktown Heights).

    Cons

    Please see 'Advice to Management' section.

    Advice to Management

    (A lot of this is specific to the Yorktown Heights location). I have several points of criticism. First, on several occasions someone who was clearly an important person in IBM stood up in front of a group of interns to talk about IBM, and each time, it was not clear who the person was, as they did not receive an appropriate introduction and did not introduce themselves. I think this is very important and should be paid attention to more closely. Second, I think the coffee/microwave/fridge setup could be much more convenient for the employees. There is a microwave somewhat close to my desk, but there is no sink, garbage can or paper towels near this, making the microwave practically useless. Just imagine not having a paper towel to cover your food, no way to wash the dish that was just dirtied, and nowhere to throw away any garbage related to what you just heated. There is also only one area (that I'm aware of) to get coffee or food in the entire building, and very few refrigerators. To me, these details reflect that your employees' needs should be thought about more carefully. In addition, I think some of the internal websites could be redesigned in terms of ease of navigation- for example I found getting setup with VPN to be unnecessarily confusing. Also, I am not aware of any sort of integrated calendar which could inform employees about all talks and seminars that are occurring on site- if such a thing doesn't exist, I think it would be much appreciated. Finally, if there would be a way to provide employees access to more academic/research journals, I believe this would make the research process much easier. Thanks for your time, and hope this is helpful!



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